Our Working Theory as to Why Driving in Pittsburgh is Awful

We will be the first to admit that driving in Pittsburgh is not the best. While our rush hours are nothing compared to other major cities in the country, there is something about Pittsburgh that makes driving here more difficult than it should be.

It would be easy for us for simply blame this on the tunnels, bridges (446 at last count), and potholes and be done with it. This is certainly a factor, of course, but our working theory goes just a bit beyond that as well.

So, why do we think driving here is not the best? We have two styles of drivers, and they are conflicting when on the road together.

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10 Specialty Stores for Great Shopping in Pittsburgh (Outside of the Strip)

When it comes to boutique shopping in Pittsburgh, it is really easy for us to simply direct you to the Strip District and (almost) call it a day. This neighborhood has so many specialty stores that you can find a great number of products all within a ~10-block shopping district.

That being said, leaving the shopping discussion to purely the Strip District would be doing you a disservice as there are many other boutique and specialty stores in the Pittsburgh area. 

In this one, we wanted to share a few of our favorites all with one thing in common- none of these are located in the Strip District. So if you're looking for a store to go deep into a particular style or item, these are a few great places to start!

Note: We know that there are way more than the following in the metro area. As with everything on this site, we will add more great stores as we visit them!

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Pittsburgh to New York Travel Options – Megabus, Amtrak, and More

Are you looking to travel from Pittsburgh to New York? Well, you're in luck- there are actually a number of options available beyond just flying.

Whether you're looking to take Megabus, Amtrak, drive, or even fly, there are a number of travel options for you!

As we've taken more or less every transportation option in our travels from Pittsburgh to NYC, we wanted to break down the options in detail in this one.

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Things to Consider When Buying Pittsburgh Real Estate

Looking at Pittsburgh real estate is fun, isn't it?

Okay, we know it isn't. In fact, buying a house in Pittsburgh can be downright awful in terms of finding a location, price, and condition that matches your budget- all while being able to negotiate a deal in the hot marketplace.

In this one we wanted to share some of our thoughts after our recent house buying experience in hopes that it may help others moving looking to do the same!

Note: Figures noted below are relative to the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Those who live in a different city and/or different county may have different rules and rates to keep in mind. Likewise, we are not realtors, tax professionals, or affiliated with the real estate market in any way, shape, or form. This article is anecdotal based on our experience of buying a house in the city only. When in doubt, please ask questions to a licensed realtor or tax professional for official rules and regulations.

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19 Photos of Pittsburgh’s Frozen Rivers That Will Make You Feel Cold

Pittsburgh and the northeastern United States started 2018 off with a bang, experiencing near record low temperatures followed by a rare bomb cyclone.

With temperatures between zero and ten degrees (before wind chill!) for many days in a row, Pittsburgh's iconic three rivers started to freeze over.

We took several trips out into the tundra known as Pittsburgh when this happened to capture some shots of the frozen wonderland. These 19 photos are some of our favorites.

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7 Pittsburgh Christmas Ornaments Perfect for Gifting

Whether you're a Pittsburgh sports fanatic, a Pitt Panther, a lifelong Yinzer, or are new to the city but have fallen in love with it, there's a Christmas ornament out there for you.

We've been looking for the best Pittsburgh Christmas ornaments, and we're here to help you with your holiday shopping with a list of some of our favorites found on Etsy!

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6 Great Garden Centers and Nurseries in Pittsburgh

If you're looking to beautify your home's outdoor space but want to shop somewhere more unique than just a big box store, Pittsburgh has plenty of local garden centers with much more interesting offerings. We've been busy checking them out to find the best- here are some of our favorites we've been to so far and the types of things you'll find at each.

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Short Term Rentals in Pittsburgh – A Perfect Option When Relocating

This post was sponsored by Harrison Everette.

Are you moving to Pittsburgh but do not have an apartment or house settled yet? Don’t worry! Pittsburgh’s short term rental scene is thriving with numerous options for those looking for housing for a little as a few days to as long as a few months.

Our friends at Harrison Everette offer over 50 units throughout Pittsburgh that are perfect for those who want the comforts of home while searching for permanent housing when arriving to the city.

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Our Favorite Pittsburgh Skyline Timelapse Videos

A fire-red sunrise from the North Side in Pittsburgh

When it comes to Pittsburgh's skyline, we're rather biased in our thought that it is one of the most beautiful in the world. Not just because we run this site, but also because we've been able to enjoy the skyline every day for the past few years at our home.

Luckily for you, we haven't been keeping this skyline view to ourselves, and we have a Pittsburgh webcam set up to stream our view 24/7 for all to enjoy.

Resulting from this, we've also been able to record some amazing changes to the skyline be it from weather, fireworks, or simply because it was a gorgeous day and turn them into timelapse videos that we've frequently shared on our Facebook page. Now that we have a fairly decent collection of timelapse videos, we wanted to share them in this collection today!

As you progress through the videos below, you'll watch the seasons change as well!

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WOW Airlines – Pittsburgh to Iceland Non-Stop Flights Are Here

Wow Airlines ceased operations in Pittsburgh in early 2019.

There's been a lot of exciting news recently regarding direct flights out of Pittsburgh, and the start of direct flights from Pittsburgh to Reykjavik on WOW air is perhaps the most exciting to us. With budget pricing as low as $99 one way, and lots of flights from Reykjavik to other European cities, the Pittsburgh-Reykjavik WOW flights are putting Pittsburgh back on the travel map.

We did a similar flight on WOW just last year when we drove to Baltimore and flew direct from there to Reykjavik for a 10-day Iceland trip for just under $250 per person round-trip.

How did the flight shape up and what can you expect when flying out of Pittsburgh? Read on as we share our experience!

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