pittsburgh

The Two-Day Best of Pittsburgh

Although a thorough exploration of Pittsburgh and its environs would require at least a week, the city is compact enough that its most important sights and activities can be experienced easily in two days. This itinerary assumes a Saturday-morning arrival in Pittsburgh, but with the exception of a visit to the Strip District, which is at its best on Saturday mornings, all the activities below can easily be shuffled around at will.

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My Favorite U.S. City: Pittsburgh, PA

No matter what any über-enthusiastic Pittsburgh booster tries to tell you, Steel City is most certainly not New York, and it never will be. And to Dan Eldridge, that’s a good thing. Pittsburgh has actually managed to hang on to its very individualistic identity, and because of that, a visit to Pittsburgh is completely unlike a visit to Buffalo, or Baltimore, or Boston.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.