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Pittsburgh makes The Sydney Morning Herald’s top 10 list of second-tier U.S. cities, which all have, “something on show that both complements and stands them apart from their more starry neighbours.

“Often lumped in with the Rust Belt cities, Pittsburgh is unexpectedly beautiful. The view from the Duquesne Incline, over the river confluence and bridge-flecked triangular heart of the city, is one of America’s most magical urban landscapes,” reports the Herald.

“A boisterous, sports-loving personality floods the city, with the Strip district best capturing the character. Formerly industrial, it’s now full of passionate foodie outlets. Burgh Bits And Bites runs $37 tasting tours among the bakers, butchers and multi-ethnic delis. See burghfoodtour.com.

Local boy Andy Warhol ensures Pittsburgh packs a major artistic punch, and the six-floor Warhol Museum is superb. That it’s full of his works can be taken as granted, but the warts-and-all look at his life and idiosyncrasies takes it to another level. See warhol.org.

Insider tip: The most prominent building is the University of Pittsburgh’s 163-metre-high, chunkily gothic (and delightfully odd) Cathedral of Learning. But don’t just admire from the outside-the lecture rooms inside are kitschily but wholeheartedly themed on different countries.”

See what other cities made the list here.

Ryan Hoffman

A recent grad of Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Ryan also has a degree in journalism. He has a passion for innovative ideas in Pittsburgh, green urban spaces, music and the...