Pittsburgh may be nicknamed the Steel City, but nowadays, it runs clean and green on education, medicine, and high-tech industries. World-class cultural institutions, ethnic dining, and natural and architectural beauty create additional surprises for visitors.
Worth It: The Andy Warhol Museum offers seven floors of exploration into the life and cutting-edge art of Pittsburgh’s favorite son, from Warhol’s humble beginnings to his vastly more than 15 minutes of fame. Admission, $10–$20. (412) 237-8300. The Mattress Factory has ever-changing, ever-challenging art installations, such as the room of mirrors, mannequins, and hot-red polka dots by Yayoi Kusama. $10–$15. (412) 231-3169.
On the Cheap: For $2.50 each way, the funicular Duquesne Incline, built in 1877, whisks passengers 400 feet up Mount Washington in about 180 seconds for breathtaking views of the riverscape and skyline. (412) 381-1665.
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