Pittsburgh holds a special place in our hearts, especially Dave's.  His mom is from Pittsburgh and we love to go visit that side of the family as often as we can.  Nestled between three rivers, this sports town has a lot to offer.

A lot of people forget that just outside the city sits the western hills of Pennsylvania.  There are a ton of outdoorsy activities like checking out Ohiopyle State Park.  This park has restaurants, local craft shopping stands, white water rafting, fishing and some of the most beautiful rapids you'll ever lay eyes on.

Not far from Ohiopyle stands National Battlefield Fort Necessity where many believe the French and Indian War started after General George Washington was forced to surrender to the French.  Pictured with us is our Aunt Susie who along with her husband George served as our (awesome) tour guides for the trip.  They always have the best, most jam-packed itineraries for us when we visit over a long weekend - they know us well!  Standing where our nation's first President was forced to surrender was both surreal and mesmerizing.

One of Dave's favorite hobbies is collecting (and drinking bourbon).  Anytime he gets to share Kentucky's native spirit with people from other states especially two of his uncles in this case, he takes full advantage of it.

The Strip District in Pittsburgh houses incredible shops and restaurants.  Whether you're looking for some incredible homemade cheese or some Steelers gear, this place has you covered.  It also has the Pittsburgh farmer's market (and lots of other sweets).

One of the best ways to see Pittsburgh is on the Pittsburgh Party Peddler.  Where else can you see downtown Pittsburgh while sipping on Pennsylvania's (and for that matter the country's) oldest beers, Yuengling?  This made for a great way for us to catch up with our northern family. 

One of the best parts of the Pedaler (trust us, you're going to need breaks) is you get to stop at some of the driver's favorite local bars.

This rooftop gem is a great place to take in the sights and sounds of Pittsburgh while enjoying an adult beverage.  Our favorite place is Il Tetto.  

If you want the best pizza in Pittsburgh, make a stop in Squirrel Hill and try some Mineos.  It's the cheesiest, greasiest pizza you'll ever have.  You can buy it by the slice or by the pie.  

The best views of Pittsburgh can be seen from the Incline which rises to the top of Mount Washington.  Don't miss catching an incredible brunch at the Grand Concourse on your way up.  The buffet is overwhelming and the scenery is something out of a movie.

If you want to see the best baseball stadium in the country, PNC park home of the Pirates has you covered.  You can also grab yourself a Primanti Brothers sandwich while you're at the game.  It's the one with the fries on the sandwich.

We try to fit a trip to Pittsburgh in at least once a year over a long weekend.  This city has so much to offer year round.  Whether you are spending the day downtown, or something more low key - there is something here for everyone. 

The bonus for us is that we get to spend such quality time with family while having loads of fun.

If you're a Steelers fan like Dave, try to see them play in your hometown.  Trying to get tickets in Pittsburgh will cost you an arm and a leg.  Bucket list item!

If you love Italian food, Pittsburgh has some of the best we've ever had.  You'll find Italian restaurants everywhere you look and they're all great.

Stock up on some stuff in the Strip District, home to Pittsburgh's international grocery community.  You can find come really awesome and unique stuff.

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