It’s this crowded all the time in Times Square.”
Oh, Pittsburgh. Never change.
For those who are maybe less familiar with the completely charming Pittsburgh Light-Up Night tradition (for which I haven’t found an equivalent – at least not in Philadelphia), on the weekend before Thanksgiving downtown Pittsburgh shuts down traffic and becomes a winter carnival. The tree underneath the PPG building is lit, and ice-skaters make their endless loops around it. There are gingerbread houses, food vendors, and live-music stages.
Heck, there’s even a reindeer:
At the end of the night, there are fireworks, and if Pittsburgh does anything right, it’s fireworks. I’m kicking myself for not getting a shot of the particular fireworks that erupted into a shape of a heart. Because if there’s any place I truly “heart,” it’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
If you ever have the chance to visit Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania I would recommend that you stay in one of the hotels on the south bank of the Monongahela River located in a place called “Station Square”. The views of the incredible Pittsburgh skyline rising up above the brown Monongahela River with its bridges and barges is amazing to say the least. There are all kinds of shops, stores and restaurants in Station Square and a clean, convenient subway / trolley (known locally as the “T”) that provides easy access to the bustling downtown area known as the Golden triangle.