Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

Though often thought of solely as the steel capital of the U.S., Pittsburgh is actually a vibrant city that has garnered an exciting reputation as a great place to live and thrive. Its economy and population of nearly three million have welcomed modern industries including health care, education, technology and financial services.

This transition away from its steel-based roots has helped Pittsburgh transform itself, not only economically but aesthetically as well. Many of the old industrial buildings have been revitalized into modern live/work spaces that complement the city’s picturesque geography. Surrounded by the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers and spread over numerous scenic hilltops, Pittsburgh is a wonderland for hikers, runners, walkers and wanderers who like discovering hidden stairways.

The Other Melting Pot

Pittsburgh's neighborhoods are known for their deep ethnic heritage. Settled and shaped by a broad immigrant population, it's home to Italian, German, Polish, Jewish, African-American and other populations that celebrate their own cultures while easily embracing and influencing others. The city’s eateries are a reflection of these myriad ethnicities, buoyed by a passion to use the locally grown ingredients that thrive in the surrounding suburbs, mountains and wine regions.

Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy cultural festivals including Three Rivers Arts Festival, Three Rivers Regatta — a three-day celebration of music and water sports — and for foodies, a Greek Food Festival and Little Italy Days.

Sports fanatics will also love the city for its dedication to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, while art lovers can settle right in to the striking Andy Warhol Museum (which recreates part of "The Factory"), the Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History and the Mattress Factory, a collection of contemporary art with notable installations by James Turrell.