Day 15 – Harrisburg to Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh gets a lot of bad press and most people asked “why?!” when we said we’d be visiting the city. We stayed in the Carson area of the city as it was a bit cheaper and also gave us good access to East Carson Street with all its bars and restaurants. One of the first things you notice as you approach Pittsburgh is the crazy amount of bridges – but then again one of Pittsburgh’s nicknames is Steel City and they clearly had no shortage of steel when building bridges!
As usual we dropped off our stuff and set out for a walk to explore the city – which turned out to be a very nice, but very long walk. Not having high expectations is sometimes a good thing as Pittsburgh was a pleasant surprise, with lots of people walking, running or sitting outside bars and restaurants and it seemed quite a lively place. We made our way through the city to Point State Park where there was a free concert on with food stalls and lots of people enjoying the park.
The music wasn’t really anything too interesting so we walked back over Smithfield St Bridge and took a ride up the incline at Monongahela Incline for some beautiful views of the city.
Instead of heading back to the hotel from Granview Overlook we made out way down East Carson St and of course found a few handy places to quench our thirst and hunger! I had a very good burrito at Tres Rios that contained lamb, which is not something I’ve had in a burrito before and then we had multiple drinks in some other establishments that I no longer remember the names of!
Day 16 – Pittsburgh
Our second day on Pittsburgh dawned with a headache and worsening cold and cough for me, so I pretty much had a duvet day and stayed in bed most of the day! Fortunately the hotel did a great and fairly late breakfast so we only heading out later on for something to eat – ending up in Urban Tap for a Giant Pretzel & Beer Cheese and a burger with House Tots, followed by a visit to the Smiling Moose and an early night.