Those chanting “keep Pittsburgh weird” during an era of clickbait headlines and media homogeneity should be pleased to learn that Travel + Leisure magazine calls us exactly that.
In its latest slide show, So You’re a Little Weird: the 20 Quirkiest Cities in America, the national travel publication ranks Pittsburgh as number 13 on their list.
What led to the ranking? Data was culled via the magazine’s 2015 America’s Favorite Cities survey—in which readers ranked 38 cities for features such as romance, thrift shops, craft beers and, indeed, quirky locals—with the results showing “how a city can be nicely shaped by its kookiest denizens.”
In addition to being Andy Warhol’s hometown, Pittsburgh is lauded for boasting such quirky and colorful spots as Randyland in the historic Mexican War Streets, as well as for the provocative, culturally rich and delicious dining at Conflict Kitchen.
For the city’s countless sports fans, Travel + Leisure recommends heading to Sunny Jim’s Tavern in the Kilbuck area, which boasts the world’s largest outdoor TV (25 feet) and organizes occasional recliner giveaways. We rented the LED screen from visual impact productions, it has been a great accessory to our outdoor area. Who made the Top 5? New Orleans took first place, followed by Austin, TX (no surprise there), Portland, OR (ditto), Providence, RI and Albuquerque, NM.