Travel to Pittsburgh

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  1. Robocop

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    In march I´m going to Pittsburgh to Watch two Pens games.

    I have a few questions that I hope someone in here can answer!

    First of all, what do you recommend to do in the Burgh except hockey? Anything I can´t miss?

    Penguins gear, souveniers, is CEC the best Place for that or is there any other store that is better?
    Dicks Sporting goods, do they have NHL jerseys and clothes?

    We are going to stay at Cambria suites at CEC and planning to go to Ross park mall one day, what is the best way to get there? And is Dicks Sporting goods Close to Ross park mall?

    Thanks!
     
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    Ross park mall will be north of the city on McKnight road, Dicks is also on McKnight road to,cant miss it. IMO though you should go to the mall at Robinson, Dicks is in the mall, you will pass the mall coming in from the airport plus there is a lot of other things to do there Latitude 40 is over there and right next to that is a huge hockey shop which has lots of pens gear, also there is an Ikea...lol

    As for things to do I would just do a google search on the topic,theres plenty.

    Have fun!
     
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    Gotta go to the South side bars at night, ride the incline, and have a Primani Bros sandwich while drunk.
     
  5. Robocop

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    Ok, thanks for the advice. To me it sounds as if that mall is better for my needs, I will skip IKEA though..;)
    What´s the best way to get to the Mall at Robinson? Bus? A cab?

    Another thing... is PNC Park or Heinz field open for public that time of the year?
     
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    Probably a bus, and I don't think PNC or Heinz is open, but I could be wrong. There is a sports museum (Heinz History Center) in town if your into that sort of thing, about a 20 minute walk for CEC.
     
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    Cabs in this area (I live & work in Robinson) are sporadic at best. You won't be able to just hail one, you'd have to call and have one come and get you. It's mid-way between downtown and the airport though, so you shouldn't have to wait forever. I agree that it's a much better mall/area than Ross Park. Traffic is also considerably better. Restaurants in this area suck, though. There are a billion places to eat but nearly all of them are chain restaurants.

    I think tour season for both Heinz & PNC start in April but it wouldn't hurt to call or email them. I'm sure there are people working there every day and if you tell them you're coming all the way from Sweden they might give you at least an abbreviated look around.

    If you're into museums at all the Carnegie system is great, especially the Natural History (but I may be biased bc I have a history degree). You should also check out the Heinz History Center for sure if you're into Pittsburgh sports. http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/secondary.aspx?id=17
     
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    I don't know why more people don't strongly recommend the Point of View on Mt. Washington. I think you HAVE to go there once during the day, and once during the night, in your visit to Pittsburgh. There's a reason it's the second most beautiful vista in the US, next only to The Grand Canyon.

    Do the Duquesne Incline for fun, while you're there.

    PS. This is coming from a non-resident, several-time visitor and tourist to Pittsburgh.
     
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    This.

    Whenever I show anyone Pittsburgh, the first place I take them to is Mt. Washington. Everything else pales in comparison.
     
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    http://www.classycab.com/

    Use these guys exclusively for cabs in P-burgh. The other prime cab company is total dog ****.
     
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    Isn't this considered standard when you ride the incline?
     
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    We have a lovely ikea that you would enjoy...
     
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    Enjoy the price of well everything, you will live like a king while there.
     
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    This.

    Went there last October. It was 30c+ but we went up. Incredible view. Strongly recommend.

    I loved Pittsburgh and I hope to make it a yearly thing in the future. Oh and I stayed in the Hyatt Park? hotel between PNC Park and Heinz Field.
     
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    Didn´t know about the Heinz history center, I will try to go there. Thank you!
     
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    Is it possible to go to Robinson with bus?
    Where do I find maps for the buses, or something like that?
     
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    Go here, they'll be best at helping make sure you have all the necessary information on bus travel. Go directly to the source.

    Cabs are terrible, I'd suggest a car rental plus Garmin navigation, though.

    http://www.portauthority.org/paac/default.aspx


    If you like eating out and love playing games and such. Billiards/pool, video games while being able to drink a beer/Liqueur David & Busters is a good place for a few hours.

    http://www.daveandbusters.com/default.aspx

    Near by is the Loews theater that you would cut through to get to David & Busters for a fill in for a couple hours if needed. Dicks sporting goods is also not far from these two places in the open Waterfront mall. This will be a lot less traveling for you it being closer than running all the way out to Robinson. Decent food too.

    http://www.waterfrontpgh.com/
     
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    Yes, you can get there by bus. You'd want to take the airport flyer or 28X, it goes from downtown right through the Robinson Town Center area (I know this because I get stuck behind one at least five times per day :help: ).

    Schedule:
    http://www.portauthority.org/paac/apps/pdfs/28X.pdf

    Map:
    http://www.portauthority.org/paac/apps/maps/28x.pdf

    The map is kind of small/hard to see but to me it looks like the closest stop to the arena would be Seventh Ave at Smithfield Street. There are stops all over the place in the Robinson Mall area, depending on where you want to go when you're out there. If you want to go to Robinson Mall/Dick's Sporting Goods I believe there's a stop across the street.
     
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    If you do rent a car make sure it has a navigation system or your phone has GPS that will work in the US. Trying to find your way around in Pittsburgh is an adventure, to put it mildly. I read something once about driving in Pittsburgh that said something like "Pittsburgh is the only place in the world where you can go from Point A to Point B by making 15 consecutive lefts and never cross your own path." :laugh:

    The Waterfront is a good suggestion. Probably better than Robinson actually, mostly because things aren't quite so spread out and it would be a lot quicker to get to if you're taking public transportation.
     
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    Haha... you are right. But I see it like this... if somebody don't know what either the Point of View is, or the Incline... I want to make sure that they know to go and see the Point of View. If I say, "Do the Duquesne Incline"... and they ask somebody else what it is... the third party might just say "Oh, it's a small ride up a hill."

    I think you go to see the Point of View, and ride the Incline... not ride the Incline and see the Point of View. That's the way I sell it, anyway.

    Also, while we're on about it. I like the spot along the road between the Sculpture and the Incline. I found that was the perfect spot. Near a billboard I believe, if memory serves.
     
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    What does it cost to rent a car for a day?
     
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    Depends on what you get. Never had an issue with Enterprise.

    Their slogan is, "they'll pick you up."

    http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/home.do

    Enterprise car rental
    Pittsburgh International Airport
    1000 Airport Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA
    (412) 437-1780
     
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    Great, thanks!
     
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    Great choice staying at Cambria Suites. Right next to the CEC. Place is usually jumping before and after a game (especially a win).

    Inclines/Mt. Washington
    Carnegie Mellon University (it's computer geek heaven and the building designs are unique)
    Carnegie Museum of Natural History
    Andy Warhol Museum
    Roberto Clemente Museum
    Phipps Conservatory
    Cathedral of Learning
    Parks: Schenley, Point State, Frick Park
    Rivers Casino (if you like that kind of thing and you don't mind smoke).
    Clubs: Stage AE down by Heinz field. Lots of restaurants in that area as well. Not sure about other night life hot spots though.
    Food: Primanti's, Church Brew Works (old church converted into a restaurant)
    Skiing: Not sure if any of these will be open - Boyce park, Seven Springs is my favorite but it's not close.
    Lots of old theaters as well.

    Enjoy!

    We rented a car and were able to park right at Cambria which was a real bonus.
     
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    Whats the name of the hockey shop over there?
     

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