The City of Pittsburgh is not the gritty steel town you may envision. The Port of Pittsburgh has faced issues of pollution and economic stress head-on and come out ahead. In a time when other urban centers are dealing with urban blight and unemployment, the Port of Pittsburgh thrives. Despite a nationwide mortgage crisis, the Port of Pittsburgh housing market is relatively stable. Forbes magazine named the Port of Pittsburgh the country's 10th cleanest city in 2007, and it named it the 13th best city for young professionals in 2008. In 2007, the Places Rated Almanac named the Port of Pittsburgh "America's Most Livable City."
The Port of Pittsburgh is at the northern limits of the humid subtropical zone. It has four distinct seasons with long, snowy winters and hot humid, sometimes rainy summers. Temperatures range from an average high of 28°C (83°F) in July to an average low of -7°C (20°F) in January.
There are far too many wonderful attractions in the Port of Pittsburgh to describe here, but there are also some things to see and do that visitors will not want to miss. For more information about the many attractions in the Port of Pittsburgh, visit the city's tourism website.
The Port of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art contains fantastic collections of contemporary art (including film and video), works from American artists of the late 19th Century, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and 17th Century decorate arts. The Heinz Architectural Center has a fascinating collection of architectural drawings and models, and the Hall of Architecture contains one of the world's biggest collections of plaster casts of architectural landmarks. There are few places in the United States with more impressive collections.
The Port of Pittsburgh is also home to the National Aviary, one of the first zoos to house its exhibits in free-flight rooms with natural atmospheres in more than 2.3 thousand square meters of space. Saved from destruction by a group of concerned citizens, the Aviary was privatized in 1992. A year later, the US Congress designated the honorary title of National Aviary in Pittsburgh to the facility. The National Aviary has received many awards for its avian breedings, educational programs, and avian veterinary program. This is a must-see adventure.
In 2007, the Port of Pittsburgh's Duquesne Incline celebrated 130 years of operation, having served both commuters and tourists continuously since 1877. This historic cable car carries people up Mt. Washington to an unparalleled view of the city. The Incline is not only a popular tourist attraction. It is also the best way for residents of Mt. Washington to commute to work downtown or to shop in Station Square. In December 2006, the Duquesne Incline celebrated its 20 millionth rider!