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Pittsburgh: A U.S. tourist destination on the rise

Written by Edgar Ramirez on .

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Here's some news that probably won't surprise the locals: Pittsburgh is a great place to visit.

So great, in fact, that it was named one of the Top 10 tourist destinations on the rise in the United States by TripAdvisor.

Maybe they heard about PNC Park being the most Instagrammed place in Pennsylvania?

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Or wanted to see first-hand the beach volleyball skills of the Penguins (pictured below), or Steelers' Antonio Brown's touchdown celebrations.

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Or heard we're one of the top cities for cat ladies?

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Or heard about the skiing opportunities, our growing dining scene, the beautiful bars we have, or saw the list of the artists that are set to visit us?

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Either way, we all know Pittsburgh's a gem, even after all the flurry of attention the city has been getting this whole year. 

"Steel and coal may have built this city, and you'll see the names 'Mellon' and 'Carnegie' on an awful lot of things, but Pittsburgh has come a long way from its gritty, industrial past," the site says.

"The Waterfront Complex, a collection of shops, restaurants, a movie theatre and even a water park, was recently built on the site of the former Bethlehem Steel Works, and two new professional sports stadiums have opened downtown in just the past two years. However, history buffs will delight in a visit to sites like the Point State Park (home of the Fort Pitt Museum) and the Duquesne Incline, where you can ride an antique cable car and browse displays about this unique form of transportation. If you don't mind the extra drive, a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater is a must."

The site also provides a list of (just) 295 places to visit, ranging from Heinz Field and Phipps Conservatory to the Cathedral of Learning and, of course, Mount Washington.

Other places that made the list ahead of Pittsburgh (which was ranked eighth, but we'll look past that) were Estes Park, Colo., Destin, Fla., and Gatlinburg, Tenn., taking the top spot.

But going back to that list of places to visit: Do yinz think they forgot one?

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