Travel + Leisure Says PNC Park Has One of the Best Views in America

No, not just one of the best views at a ballpark — best views period.

Photo by Dave DiCello


Think of the views that define America: The waves crashing on Big Sur. The breathtaking glacial cliffs of Yosemite. The architectural majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge. And, of course, the view of the sun sinking lazily beneath the Pittsburgh skyline at PNC Park on a warm summer’s night.

If any skeptics claim otherwise, take a look at the hundreds of pictures that fill Instagram on a consistent basis, or get your validation from Travel + Leisure. According to the magazine’s recent list of the best views in America, the upper deck of PNC Park comes in at No. 13.

Fun fact: it’s the only view from a stadium that made the list, and not to mention it’s the only place where you can find Cutch, a Primanti’s sandwich and an Iron City simultaneously n’at. Take that, Grand Canyon.

—Sam Fatula


#SoundsSoSuite: Hotel Monaco needs the help of a True Pittsburgher


It’s time to get the creative juices flowing, Pittsburgh. You finally have the opportunity to be rewarded for your abundance of Steel City knowledge and exuberant amount of time spent on social networking sites.

Up until Wednesday, July 30, Hotel Monaco is holding a contest on their Facebook page that asks submitters to post a name for the hotel’s locally inspired one-bedroom suite. The rules are simple: Best name wins.

The one who conjures up the best name that embodies and personifies Pittsburgh in its highest regard, will have the honor of being the first guest in the suite on the hotel’s opening night this coming October, as well as a dinner for two. Not a bad trade for just being on Facebook!

And don’t be a sore loser if you don’t win the grand prize. Six random participants will also be picked for an overnight stay just for trying to win.

For the first time since the World Cup, you can win by losing!

—Sam Fatula


#Fashion: Nothing says Christmas in July like polyester


With a little less than six months till the holiday season, the hunt for that ugly holiday sweater stops here. You can get the Steelers sweater [64.95] at, the Penguins sweater [64.95] at and the Pirates sweater [59.99] at

—Georgia A. Templeton


#Celebs: Actor Michael Caine will return to Pittsburgh

The last time (we think) Michael Caine was in Pittsburgh he was portraying the role of Batman’s beloved butler Alfred. His return to the Steel City is for yet another film part — just one that’s completely disparate. This time around, Caine will be acting alongside Vin Diesel as part of “The Last Witch Hunter” cast.

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