If you heart the ‘burgh, really really heart the ‘burgh, you won’t leap up and wave the Terrible Towel when you read that our fair city made Forbes Travel Guide’s top 10 most unexpectedly romantic cities. You will see “Pittsburgh” as you scroll down the list and smile beatifically because you knew it already.
Along with Austin, Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis in this country, we are in good company with Cinque Terre, Italy, Madrid, Brussels and Sydney.
This is clearly a list built of strong western bias. Not a single Asian or African city among them. And if you’re wondering, “What about Prague, Paris and Seville?” remember, this is a list of unexpectedly romantic cities.
We might expect the 'burgh to be on the list with Paris and Prague, but the rest of the world is still playing catch-up.
Here’s what the article reveals about us (and thank goodness there's no mention of french fries in sandwiches or anything sports-related):
“If you’ve never been to Pittsburgh, it’s probably the last city you’d think of as romantic; but what was once a steel town now shines. The numerous bridges—there are more than 440—add to the wonder of Pittsburgh’s skyline, and its abundance of nature really makes the city romantic. Walk through Point State Park, which sits where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River, and you’ll see the softer side of Steel City, or take the Duquesne Incline up to the top of Mount Washington for a view from above.”