Pittsburgh has already been profiled in this column before, but since scores of Flyer fans will be trekking across the state for the November 13 showdown against the Penguins, it is worth profiling again. It doesn’t matter where the two teams are in the standings, saying they are bitter rivals does not begin to do it justice. These teams despise each other. Between in-season showdowns and epic playoff battles, the Flyers and Pens are up there with the best NHL rivalries. Get yourself out there, and make it a mini-vacation while you are at it.
Just as was mentioned before, the best way to begin your Pittsburgh experience is to get a full scope of just how beautiful it is. You can do this by riding the Duquesne or Monongahela Inclines. They are wooden cable cars that date back to the 1800s when they transported workers from their homes at the top of Mt. Washington to Pittsburgh’s many plants. They are still used to transport local residents, but are also a popular tourist destination to get a panoramic view of Pittsburgh.
Another Pittsburgh area that is definitely worth the visit is the popular Strip District. It is a hopping neighborhood where everything from shops selling their wares to unique restaurants lure in everyone making the visit to the Steel City. At night, this place hops with an awesome selection of bars and restaurants. If you do nothing else on this Pittsburgh trip, you must stop into Primanti Bros. restaurant, with the original location being in the Strip District. This place is responsible for paradise slapped between two slices of bread: their famous sandwiches which come topped with French fries and cole slaw.
The same can be said about Station Square, another vibrant area of Pittsburgh that is chock full of places to go and experiences to be a part of. From here, you can board one of the boats in the Gateway Clipper Fleet. They are riverboat tours of the city in which you can embark on everything from dinner cruises to simple sightseeing adventures of this awesome city. At night, there are terrific restaurants on the waterfront to choose from, and then follow that up with some drinks at the pubs and bars on site. Amongst all of the hubbub are the fountain shows at the Fountain at Bessemer at Station Square. Every 20 minutes from 9am to midnight, experience multi-colored water jets bursting in the air set to choreographed music.
Located next to the site of the old Mellon Arena sits the gleaming Consol Energy Center, where the Pens have called home since 2010. Sitting right in the heart of Pittsburgh, the arena offers all the best amenities that a hockey palace can offer. Between the brew pub with a view of the Pittsburgh skyline or the Highmark Kids Zone (an interactive play area), the arena will not leave your night with any down time. Check out what this state of the art venue has to offer here.
This article just brushes the surface of what the Steel City has to offer. It is no longer a city with a rust belt feel. It has become a polished corporate center with some of the best restaurants and nightlife that a city can offer. You’ve seen the rivalry live and in the flesh in Philly and now it’s time to experience it on the road. Flyers and Pens in Pittsburgh will be worth your time and energy.