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Many words are also pronounced uniquely in Pittsburgh:
* '''''ee''''' sounds are pronounced as '''''i'''''. For example, '''Steelers''' is pronounced '''''Still-ers'''''.
* '''''ow''''' and '''''ou''''' sounds are pronounced '''''ah'''''. For example, ''downtown'' is pronounced ''dahntahn''.
* '''Washer''' is pronounced '''''worsh-er''''', and '''wash''' is sometimes pronounced '''''worsh'''''.
* '''Iron''' is pronounced '''''arn'''''.
See the Pittsburghese website [http://www.pittsburghese.com/] for more examples.}}
Pittsburgh's visitor information centers offer maps, brochures and other information for tourists. The '''VisitPittsburgh''' website [http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/] offers more guides and lists of things to do.
*'''Pittsburgh International Airport Info Center'''. Hours: M 9AM-4PM; Tu-F 10AM-5PM; Sa 10AM-6PM; Su 2PM-6PM.
*'''Senator John Heinz History Center''', 1212 Smallman Street, Strip District. Hours: all week, 10AM-5PM.
'''Megabus''' [http://us.megabus.com] serves Pittsburgh with service from various cities in the Northeast and Midwest. The bus stop is located under the David L. Lawrence Convention Center just north of the intersection of 10th Street and Penn Avenue. Fares from $1 and up.
Pittsburgh is difficult for strangers to
===By public transit===
*'''Zones:''' Fare varies depending on the zone you are traveling to/from. These zones are radial, with Downtown as the center. All bus schedules have charts detailing fare structure. The PortAuthority also has a webpage explaining fare structure [http://www.portauthority.org/paac/FaresPasses/Fares.aspx].
**'''Base fare''' is $2.
**The '''Free Fare Zone''' covers the Downtown core, offering free bus and trolley service. This zone is bound by the rivers and, on the east, Ross and 11th Streets.
*'''Transfers:''' For an extra dollar, passengers can purchase a transfer ticket, valid for three hours to use on any other route (including the one you rode in on, a good money-saver for short trips).
*'''"T" Rush Hour Surcharge:''' The "T" system charges an extra 75 cents during weekday rush hours (6-9AM on inbound trips and 4-6PM on outbound trips).
'''Paying:''' The fare system PAT utilizes can be confusing, especially to visitors. Most bus and all light-rail routes utilize a "pay enter/pay leave" system; If you are traveling INTO or
Taxis are a good (if expensive) way of dealing with Pittsburgh's spaghetti roads until you get used to them, at least within downtown and the inner areas of the city itself. However they can be
* '''Yellow Cab''' ''+1 412'' 321-8100.
Pittsburgh is home to many wonderful museums, including some truly world-class institutions. The '''Carnegie Museums''' in [[Pittsburgh/Oakland|Oakland]] are absolutely spectacular; enclosed in one massive building is the '''Carnegie Museum of Natural History''', with extensive exhibits on paleontology, geology, and biology, and the '''Carnegie Museum of Art''', with classical and contemporary works by many fine artists. Nearby is the '''Frick Art and Historical Center''', which is the home of steel magnate Henry Clay Frick's mansion, now open for tours. In the [[Pittsburgh/East End-North|Strip District]] is the '''Senator John Heinz History Center''', an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, with six floors of permanent and changing exhibitions on the history Western Pennsylvania. The '''Toonseum''' in [[Pittsburgh/Downtown|Downtown]] is one of only three museums in the country exclusively dedicated to the cartoon arts.
[[Pittsburgh/North Side|North Side]] is home to quite a few museums - the '''Andy Warhol Museum''' is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world, with exhibits of the artist's life and work, recreations of portions of "The Factory", screening of films, and educational programs about the Pittsburgh-born artist as well as other contemporary and pop artists. The '''Carnegie Science Center''', a major science museum which is another of the Carnegie Museums, and the '''Children's Museum of Pittsburgh''' are both very popular with kids. The '''Mattress Factory''' is contemporary art on the installation-scale, with several notable James Turrell works in their permanent collection. The '''National Aviary''' allows you to get up close with plenty of exotic birds.
Pittsburgh holds a number of '''arts and cultural festivals'''. Some of the favorites include the '''Three Rivers Arts Festival''', '''Pittsburgh Folk Festival''', '''Greek Food Festival''', '''Three Rivers Regatta''', '''Pittburgh Vintage Grand Prix''', and '''Little Italy Days'''.
Several different tour companies are centered around Station Square in [[Pittsburgh/South Side|South Side]], and most of them focus on giving river tours - indeed, one of the best ways to see Pittsburgh is from the three rivers themselves, taking in views of the downtown skyline, the hillsides, the bridges, and the stadiums.
*<see name="The Pittsburgh Tour Company" alt="" address="517 South 27th Street" directions="" phone="+1 412 381-8687" url="http://www.pghtours.com" hours="" price="
* <see name="Just Ducky Tours" alt="" address="125 W, Station Square Dr" directions="" phone="+1 412 402-3825" url="http://www.justduckytours.com" hours="" price="$19 adults, $15 children 3-12, $5 infants" lat="" long="" fax="" email="" priceextra="">A 1 hour land and water tour showing you the sites and attractions of Pittsburgh. Departs at Station Square, next to the Hard Rock Cafe. Reservations are a must to make sure you get a spot to "quack".</see>
* The '''[[Pittsburgh/South Side|South Side]] Flats''' neighborhood has the most popular and diverse bar scene, and is said to have more bars per block/capita than almost anywhere else in the U.S. Most bars are along a mile-long strip of E Carson St. between 7th and 29th Sts.
* The '''[[Pittsburgh/East End-North|Strip District]]''' is home to some more posh nightclubs, as well as some other bars.
'''Beer''' is very dear to Pittsburgh, highlighted by '''Penn Brewery''', in the [[Pittsburgh/North Side|North Side]], a popular German beer hall and restaurant in a beautiful historic old brewery building, which also hosts an annual Oktoberfest. The new '''Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh''' on the [[Pittsburgh/South Side|South Side]], modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in [[Munich
'''Coffee''' is just as important to many Pittsburghers as beer. Some of the best can be found at: '''Enrico's Tazzo d'Oro''' in Highland Park (said to be the best); '''Coffee Tree''' in Squirrel Hill and Shadyside; '''Nicholas Coffee''' downtown; and '''Crazy Mocha''', which has many locations around town. The Strip District also has three roasters, notably '''La Prima Espresso'''.
''See the [[Pittsburgh#Districts|Districts]] articles for more listings.''
Downtown has the greatest concentration of hotels. It is sometimes possible to get a room at some of the top downtown hotels (the Marriott, the Hilton, and the William Penn, for example) at bargain basement prices ($45-$70) from discount sites such as priceline and hotwire, so do a search before calling the hotel itself. For those visiting the universities or other attractions in the Oakland area, there are a number of convenient options. Airport accommodations, located near the airport outside of Pittsburgh itself, are mostly in [[Robinson Township]], about 12 miles west of Pittsburgh. Bear in mind that hotels close to the city are booked solidly in advance and/or inflated in price around the time of Steelers home games, so plan ahead.
* As in most of the United States, the phone number to dial for emergencies is '''911'''.
* Pittsburgh is routinely ranked as one of the safest cities among others of comparable size in the US. Most areas of the city are safe for tourists, and most of the unsafe areas are residential, so tourists are unlikely to visit these areas. Nevertheless, the following neighborhoods