| Pittsburgh is the only city to consistently rank in Rank McNally's most livable American cities. Downtown Pittsburgh is a glittering collection of skyscrapers in a dramatic setting: two rivers, the Allegheny and the Monongahela, flow together to form the Ohio River between steep hills. The Downtown contains not only the headquarters of international companies such as Westinghouse and US-X, but also the Cultural District. There, beautifully restored theaters provide homes for a world-class symphony, a nationally renowned ballet company, an eminent opera company, and a major regional theater company. Across the river from Downtown are a new baseball stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a new football stadium for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Carnegie Science Center, a museum of science and technology. Pittsburgh also is the home to many Universities: The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Carlow, Chatham, Point Park College, Robert Morris College, and The Community College of Allegheny County. The museums include the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, the “Mattress Factory", art museum which features cutting edge modern art, and many others. Pittsburgh also has a Zoo, an Aviary, a Conservatory and Botanical Garden, theaters and music venues and many parks. Since Pittsburgh is a major city, it has restaurants, art galleries and shops.
The area surrounding Pittsburgh has many other kinds of attractions as well. The Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers provide opportunities for boating and water sports. There are many trails for hiking and biking. Nearby Moraine State Park and Ohiopyle State Park offer spectacular scenery and some of the best white-water rafting in the eastern United States. To the east is the Laurel Highlands area, which has many resorts providing skiing during the winter, and golf, camping hiking, biking and boating during the summer. The brilliant colors of the autumn foliage season are breathtaking. Whatever your interests are, Pittsburgh's history and location will make it easy for you to explore and enjoy them.
Those who come to Pittsburgh to be part of the University of Pittsburgh Family Practice residencies will find themselves coming to one of America’s safest, loveliest and most affordable cities.
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