Don’t Miss out on the Great City of Pittsburgh

56th-street-stepsWhile located at the point of three intersecting rivers, the city of Pittsburgh is also uniquely surrounded by hills – and lots of them. The city, in the words of newspaper columnist Ernie Pyle in 1937, “must have been laid out by a mountain goat. It’s up and down and around and around and in betwixt.” In order to help Pittsburghers navigate this steep terrain quickly in the days before the automobile, steps and stairs sprung up all over the city. On some of the steepest hills, steps even double as legal streets. Known as “paper streets,” these staircases appear on maps as valid thoroughfares – an often consternating surprise to unsuspecting visitors.
The city of Pittsburgh has 712 public stairways with a total of 44,645 steps according to Bob Regan’s The Steps of Pittsburgh (Local History Co.: 2004). Tallied together, that’s more than 24,000 vertical feet, or four miles in height – more than 4,000 feet higher than Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North America. It also gives Pittsburgh the distinction as the U.S. city with the most public stairways. With 712 sets of stairs, the city of Pittsburgh has almost as many steps as the next two cities on the list (Cincinnati, 400 and San Francisco, 350) combined.


the stripBest Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Once the home of wholesalers working out of massive brick warehouses, today the Strip is still functional but also fun and quirky, a blend of old and new known for its nightlife as well as its fab food. Not to mention its cast of characters, from the shop owners who hail from Italy or Korea or China to the truckers who still eat their French fry-laden Primanti sandwiches with one hand, the other on the wheel.  If you want food, this is the place for everything from famous sit down meals to fabulous food carts.
At night, the Strip’s dozen or so dance clubs and bars throw open their doors and by 10 p.m., the streets swarm with a young crowd for a whole different vibe.


primanti brothers sandwichFounded in the early 1930s, The Primanti Brothers’ sandwiches are famous in part because they are so unusual. The staple toppings are french fries and coleslaw, something you’d typically see as sides in any other sandwich shop outside of Pittsburgh.
These toppings are then wedged between two thick slices of Italian bread, and along with tomatoes, provolone, a meat of your choosing, and an optional fried egg (a must), complete the ensemble of the city’s most iconic sandwich.
A must have when visiting Pittsburgh!


underground railroadWestern Pennsylvania was a major thoroughfare for enslaved peoples seeking freedom. They followed routes that were carved by nature in rivers, streams and mountains, traveling mostly on foot, with an occasional ride in hidden compartments of wagons and other forms of transportation. Their numbers are not certain as formal records were not kept and few informal ones remain. Some documents written by those who assisted—sometimes referred to as the “conductors”—in this underground process have survived giving some indication of what those traveling on the railroad endured. Some publications written by, or for, those who managed to survive to secure their freedom, also exist.


carnegie museum
Carnegie Museum of Natural Histroy
Heinz history center
Heinz History Center



Explore the more than 30 museums in Pittsburgh







PITTSBURGH_BEERFEST_LOGOJuly 15-16 The Fourth Annual Pittsburgh Beerfest! Breweries and beer enthusiasts from across the region will gather on two July evenings for an unlimited sampling of over 300 fresh craft beers of all styles, and tastes and a whole lotta fun! All while raising funds for Animal Rescue Partners, a 501-c-3 organization dedicated to supporting numerous animal rescues, pet adoption groups, and community spay/neuter programs in the Pittsburgh area and beyond.


Free 2016 Summer Concerts
Free 2016 Summer Concerts


Midsommer Nights DreameJuly 9-24

A Midsommer Nights Dreame – Directed by Elizabeth Ruelas
The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet – Directed by Andy Kirtland




Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 The Rachel Carson Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh – Destination for all Things Pickled

Pittsburgh is transformed into Picklesburgh, highlighted by a giant flying Heinz pickle balloon, custom built by a team that also crafts balloons for Disney and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The Picklesburgh festival is a culinary celebration that goes beyond the dill pickle to include international dishes, prepared foods and artisan cocktails that feature pickled ingredients; an embrace of the farm-to-table movement and the rising popularity of canning; a selection of handcrafted foods and artisan cocktails from local restaurants; informative how-to demos and author talks at our demo area; merchandise such as pickled goods, books and DIY products.




gateway clipperGateway Clipper

Enjoy a cruise just steps from the conference hotel located at Station Square .
Pittsburgh Riverboat sightseeing, dinner, and specialty cruises.



 Fountain Show A new display every 20 minutesFountain Show  – A new display every 20 minutes

At the heart of Station Square, just steps from the conference hotel, next to the river, sits the Fountain at Bessemer Court. This state-of-the-art Waltzing Waters Liquid Fireworks Show features hundreds of multi-colored water jets soaring up to 40 feet in the air, choreographed to music.




Summer Jam at Station Square A free summer concert on Friday July 15 just steps from the conference hotelSummer Jam!

Station Square will be rocking the riverfront every Friday night this summer. Step out of the Hotel and enjoy a free summer concert Friday night! Shows start at 6:30pm. Rain or shine!



Duquesne Incline and Monongahela Incline 

Historically Called a Gravity Plane or Funicular riding an Incline is an experience you won’t forget!
2 Inclines are within walking distance form the conference hotel.
Ride one up and take in the view or have dinner then take the other incline down!



pittsburgh sportsTake a break from the rigors of learning and have some fun touring the stadiums in Pittsburgh.
Heinz Field– Home of the Steelers and Panthers
PNC Park – Home of the Pirates
Console Energy Center – Home of the Penguins




The Pittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer team has 2 home games  the same week as the Region I Conference! 7/14 – vs. Richmond Kickers and 7/17 – vs. Harrisburg City Islanders
Riverhounds Schedule
Highmark Stadium is a block away the conference hotel!



The Great Allegheny Passage – Complete from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD, the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage ® connects with the 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath to create a 335-mile non-motorized route between Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.


Three Rivers Heritage Trail


Three Rivers Heritage Trail – The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a multi-use riverfront trail system in the Pittsburgh region. This 24-mile nonlinear trail has segments on both banks of Pittsburgh’s three rivers with access to city neighborhoods, business districts, and local attractions.



Color Run
Color Run – July 16, 201 6 5K Fun Run
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix being held July 8-17, 2016


Emoticon_Smile_Face.svgPittsburgh is the home of the emoticon. You know that smiley face you use all the time online and in text messages? Well it was created in 1980 by Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Scott Fahlman.



Fred Rogers called the Pittsburgh area home

bridgesPittsburgh is the “City of Bridges.” Believe it or not, Pittsburgh has more bridges than Venice! The city boasts more than 445 of them, many of them crossing the three rivers (Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela) that meet in downtown Pittsburgh.