Best Places to Travel in 2016

Pittsburgh
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The 50 biggest, buzziest destinations to visit this year include France’s new culture hub, a revived Hawaiian hideaway, and Mexico’s next great arts city.

33. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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The Steel City is reforging itself into the Arts City, with former warehouses and industrial spaces transforming into edgy galleries, like the seven-story Andy Warhol Museum (the hometown hero's work is displayed along with traveling exhibits, including pieces by Ai Weiwei in 2016), the Mattress Factory (now home to room-sized installations by artists in residence), and the free-entry Society for Contemporary Craft. The Quantum Theatre stages traditional (this year’s lineup includes a Henrik Ibsen play) and avant-garde shows, including a world-premiere opera version of A Winter's Tale. Another way to catch a unique visual is at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, which has opened the Islands, a 22,000-square-foot exhibit that features clouded leopards, two Philippine crocodiles, and the critically endangered swimming Visayan warty pigs. Further proof of the city's changing culture is found in the East Liberty neighborhood. In the last century, it went from being one of the most affluent areas of the city (Carnegie, Heinz, and Mellon families lived nearby) to one of the least, and along with the rest of the east end, is being rebuilt by creatives who are opening galleries, shops, and cafés. And the area has two new boutique hotels: the Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty, with 135 pet-friendly guest rooms and free Wi-Fi; and the Ace Hotel, with 63 rooms and a meat-heavy restaurant in a 100-year-old former YMCA building. —Sarah Z. Wexler

Pittsburgh

Best Places to Travel in 2016

33. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Steel City is reforging itself into the Arts City, with former warehouses and industrial spaces transforming into edgy galleries, like the seven-story Andy Warhol Museum (the hometown hero's work is displayed along with traveling exhibits, including pieces by Ai Weiwei in 2016), the Mattress Factory (now home to room-sized installations by artists in residence), and the free-entry Society for Contemporary Craft. The Quantum Theatre stages traditional (this year’s lineup includes a Henrik Ibsen play) and avant-garde shows, including a world-premiere opera version of A Winter's Tale. Another way to catch a unique visual is at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, which has opened the Islands, a 22,000-square-foot exhibit that features clouded leopards, two Philippine crocodiles, and the critically endangered swimming Visayan warty pigs. Further proof of the city's changing culture is found in the East Liberty neighborhood. In the last century, it went from being one of the most affluent areas of the city (Carnegie, Heinz, and Mellon families lived nearby) to one of the least, and along with the rest of the east end, is being rebuilt by creatives who are opening galleries, shops, and cafés. And the area has two new boutique hotels: the Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty, with 135 pet-friendly guest rooms and free Wi-Fi; and the Ace Hotel, with 63 rooms and a meat-heavy restaurant in a 100-year-old former YMCA building. —Sarah Z. Wexler

Sean Pavone Photo
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