North Avenue in Millvale as seen from the Tazza d'Oro building. Photo by Brian Conway.

As if anticipating VisitPITTSBURGH’s new campaign about how welcoming our city can be, writer Melanie D.G. Kaplan began her recent Pittsburgh travel story in The Washington Post with these words of praise: “I’ve stopped counting the number of cities I’ve fallen in love with. But I think Pittsburgh might be the first city to have loved me back.”

Kaplan hits the expected highlights: “The city is full of gems: world-class art museums, three inviting rivers and cuisine worth writing home about (including a July festival called Picklesburgh),” she writes.

But she also notes a range of slightly less famous favorites, including Kayak Pittsburgh and Contemporary Craft, and suggests readers venture across the bridge from Lawrenceville into increasingly busy Millvale.

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Melissa Rayworth

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