Weekend City Picks: Pittsburgh
With a revitalized culinary scene, an iconic steel industry and enough sports to keep the calendar full all year round, exploring Pittsburgh has never been more rewarding.
Founded by Spaniards, ruled by Mexicans, settled by Germans and influenced by ethnic groups from around the world, the seventh-most populated city in the US has tons to offer: Food, culture, family-friendly fun – there’s a lot to remember about the Alamo City beyond The Alamo.
Recently recognized as a best place to live, Greenville, South Carolina, is topping traveler’s lists, too. And it’s no surprise: Greenville has the best of both Southern worlds. Small-town charm pairs with a robust, localized food and art scene, making it perfect for solo or family travelers alike.
With a trio of pristine beaches and three miles of boardwalk, it’s easy to fall in love with this unhurried beach town. Bring the kids (and your bathing suits) to Virginia Beach, where seafood is aplenty and relaxation is the only thing on your to-do list.
Get ready to experience an energetic and sophisticated North Carolina city that is dripping with Southern charm. Known as the Queen City, Charlotte lives up to its royal name with a rich history and culture, flavorful culinary scene, shopping, adventure and Southern hospitality offered at every turn.
New Orleans can boast that it has been a world center for music, culture and cuisine for 300 years, and things may even have picked up in recent years. The burgeoning music and restaurant scene in up-and-coming neighborhoods like Faubourg Marigny and the Bywater are pulling visitors out of the historic French Quarter. Despite the Big Easy’s devil-may-care reputation, attractions like the Audubon Aquarium and City Park are plenty family-friendly.
Well known for a wealth of historic sights, Philadelphia has grown to include so much more worth seeing and doing. Great restaurants with mouth-watering entrees and delicious desserts have popped up alongside trendy and entertaining nightlife venues and chic boutiques. Foodies, fashionistas, outdoorsy-types, hipsters and even families will all fall for the City of Brotherly Love.
No matter what your political stripe, Washington, D.C., makes a great weekend getaway. World-class museums, parks and monuments — many of them free — share the same zip codes as lively bars, diverse restaurants and chic boutiques. A mix of cool and colonial, the nation’s HQ and its nearby environs offer adventures stretching well beyond the White House and Capitol Hill.
Perched near the tip of the Mississippi, Minneapolis is the cultural capital of the Upper Midwest, with theater seats, live music and stellar restaurants to spare. The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is a hidden gem with abundant natural beauty, making it the perfect destination for travelers with a love of the great outdoors.
One of the most diverse places in the country, South Florida offers visitors a little bit of everything, including beach fun, airboat rides through strange swampland, world-class classical music performance and of course Cuban coffee. Here are our recommendations for your weekend adventure in South Florida, from Ft. Lauderdale down to Key West, with a lot of Miami in the mix.
Buckle up, because Chicago’s list of bragging rights is a long one. Internationally renowned architecture, comedy, culture, cuisine, not to mention a lake that might as well be a freshwater ocean — it’s all here, waiting to be had. Add to that list a new elevated park on the Northwest Side and burgeoning development along the Chicago River, and this is a Second City with no shortage of first-rate attractions.
While the City by the Bay has matured since its counter cultural hey-day, this urban playground continues to titillate and inspire. Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S., San Francisco offers the best of both worlds—a relaxed California vibe and endless activities for bookworms, health nuts, style lovers, foodies and cultural mavens in every neighborhood.
Atlanta is the proud home of Coca-Cola, the world’s busiest airport and so much more. The city’s nationally recognized restaurants, helmed by celebrity chefs with Iron Chef battle scars, arts and culture offerings, extensive outdoor and family-friendly attractions, popular green spaces and mild temperatures make it a weekend destination for vacationers and convention goers alike, plus keep residents on the go year-round.
Big hair, big oil, big bucks. Dallas may not have a reputation for subtlety, but that’s definitely a good thing. Beyond the fancy cars and glitzy social scene, Dallas is a sprawling city of green spaces, art museums and historic districts. By balancing doses of culture and nature with fantastic shopping and a sophisticated bar and restaurant scene, you can spend your weekend immersed in the very best of the Big D.
Despite its famous Saguaro cactus, Phoenix is not all desert and rugged landscape. Phoenix and Scottsdale’s museums, galleries, unique restaurant and vibrant nightlife scene and sophisticated shopping ensure a weekend to remember – as soon as you’re ready to get out of the pool.
Surrounded by rainforests, mountains and a glittering sea, Vancouver resembles the mythical city of Oz – its glass façade just waiting to be explored. With its cosmopolitan population, the city is a bastion of culture, cuisine and entertainment all with stunning scenery just a bike ride or ferry boat away.
It’s a city of eight million that never sleeps. So yeah, there’s a lot you can do in a single weekend, but don’t let that overwhelm you. Wildly efficient public transportation and plentiful cabs mean you can stroll the Brooklyn Bridge, scour the shops in SoHo, taste Harlem’s best comfort food, feed a baby goat, tour the world’s foremost modern art museum and still have time to squeeze in the ultimate spin class.
Boston may be a tiny town compared to New York or Chicago, but its compact size means you can hit mainstays like Fenway Park and the Public Garden and still have time to veer off the beaten path. Explore a museum in a transplanted Venetian palace, go to a concert at a legendary venue and taste the clam chowder to end all clam chowders in one of America's most iconic port cities.
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