You might be dreaming of travel adventures in far-flung locales, but according to Travel + Leisure, you can opt for a staycation right here in the Burgh.
The international travel magazine has just released its lineup of “Best Places to Travel in 2016” and Pittsburgh lands the 33rd spot on the coveted list.
How do Travel + Leisure‘s worldly writers describe our visit-worthy city?
“The Steel City is reforging itself into the Arts City, with former warehouses and industrial spaces transforming into edgy galleries, like the seven-story Andy Warhol Museum (the hometown hero’s work is displayed along with traveling exhibits, including pieces by Ai Weiwei in 2016), the Mattress Factory (now home to room-sized installations by artists in residence), and the free-entry Society for Contemporary Craft. Quantum Theatre stages traditional and avant-garde shows, including a world-premiere opera version of A Winter’s Tale. Another way to catch a unique visual is at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, which has opened the Islands, a 22,000-square-foot exhibit that features clouded leopards, two Philippine crocodiles, and the critically endangered swimming Visayan warty pigs.”
Travel + Leisure writer Sarah Z. Wexler goes on to talk about neighborhood amenities for travelers headed our way:
“Further proof of the city’s changing culture is found in the East Liberty neighborhood. In the last century, it went from being one of the most affluent areas of the city (Carnegie, Heinz and Mellon families lived nearby) to one of the least, and along with the rest of the East End, is being rebuilt by creatives who are opening galleries, shops and cafés. And the area has two new boutique hotels: the Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty, with 135 pet-friendly guest rooms and free Wi-Fi; and the Ace Hotel, with 63 rooms and a meat-heavy restaurant in a 100-year-old former YMCA building.” (Coming soon we might add.)
What’s behind the rankings?
To compile their annual list of the best places around the globe to travel to in the upcoming year, T+L editors “thoroughly and meticulously consider a variety of factors.”
Questions they consider include: Which under-the-radar gems are most exciting to our network of contributing writers and global correspondents? Which destinations are the magazine’s A-List travel specialists fielding requests for? Which classic vacation spots are starting to emerge—but for entirely new and compelling reasons? And: Which global events and changes in travel restrictions have made certain destinations easier to get to?
Pittsburgh makes this year’s list along with an impressive selection of destinations near and far—from India’s remote Andaman Islands and biologically diverse Costa Rica, to medieval Ljubljana, Slovenia and dazzling Zanzibar.
Stateside cities getting a shout-out along with Pittsburgh are Richmond, Detroit, Denver and San Antonio.