Pitts­burgh’s cool, ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Geo­graphic Trav­eller

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Eritrea, Mat­era, Se­touchi, Zim­babwe, Sibiu, Pitts­burgh. Wait. What?

Right there in the midst of the Na­tional Geo­graphic Trav­eller Cool List 2019, pub­lished Tues­day, is our fair city, the only U.S. place among 19 des­ti­na­tions the United King­dom-based mag­a­zine and web­site (www.nat­geo­trav­eller.co.uk) projects will “hit the head­lines in 2019.”

“Steel city re­veals its re­fined side” is the head­line for Pitts­burgh, which is No. 3 on the list. The list mak­ers go on, gush­ing:

“While Pitts­burgh is a blue-col­lar town at heart, it’s much more el­e­gant than many vis­i­tors might ex­pect. And there’s plenty for cul­ture vul­tures, too.”

Cul­tural attractions cited in­clude “Des­ti­na­tion Moon,” an ex­hibit about the Apollo 11 moon land­ing at the Heinz His­tory Cen­ter in the Strip Dis­trict, the Carnegie In­ter­na­tional at the Carnegie Mu­seum of Art in Oak­land and The Andy Warhol Mu­seum on the North Side.

They didn’t get ev­ery­thing right. Lo­cal art in­sid­ers know that the Carnegie In­ter­na­tional is not the world’s old­est con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tion. It’s the sec­ond-old­est, launch­ing a year af­ter the Venice Bi­en­nale in Italy. And some Pitts­burghers might not ap­pre­ci­ate how they de­scribe an­other at­trac­tion:

“Don’t miss: The gi­ant Gothic Cathe­dral of Learn­ing, which con­tains glo­ri­ously kitsch na­tion­al­ity-themed rooms.”

The U.K. list mak­ers also give a hint as to why Pitts­burgh is their only cool place in the U.S. “Why now? On 2 April, Bri­tish Air­ways launches di­rect flights from Heathrow to Pitts­burgh, mak­ing this un­der­rated Penn­syl­va­nian city much eas­ier to visit.”

The com­plete list, in or­der, is: Se­touchi, Ja­pan; Antarc­tica; Pitts­burgh; Cor­sica, France; Cam­bo­dia; San Miguel de Al­lende, Mex­ico; West York­shire, Eng­land; Hong Kong; Zim­babwe; Guyana; Oslo, Nor­way; Eritrea; KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Bhutan; Dundee, Scot­land; Uganda; Mat­era, Italy; In­done­sia; and Sibiu, Ro­ma­nia.

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