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I I would have liked to have had a resource like our visitors guide for every city in the country.

In this issue, you’ll find Mark Houser’s in-depth and fascinating investigation into the stories behind Pittsburgh’s recognizable landmarks. These are the details that a casual visitor would miss – the facts that color and shade what is in front of your eyes. It’s part of our Global Visitor Guide Package, an online portal featuring some of our best coverage of what to do and see in and around Pittsburgh.

I might be biased, but I think this resource – largely crafted by our director of digital media, Richard Cook, and written by a star team of our editors and freelance editors – is amazing. Never having been keen on travel books, I sometimes found myself in a new city, wondering what exactly to do with my time. Sometimes it’s easy to sort through Yelp and the local newspaper and find more than enough to fill your trip, but separating the worthy from the overhyped can be harder than you might think. (You don’t want to go wrong in Houston. It’s all within an hour of everything else.)

With a resource like the Visitors’ Guide, however, I know travelers who find themselves in Pittsburgh have no shortage of things to do and places to see. And, through reporting like Mark’s, they’ll learn the stories behind the sights – no travel guide needed.

Equally important, the Visitors Guide is a valuable resource for those of us who have always lived in Pittsburgh. Even the dyed-in-the-dark bourgeoisie have things they missed or parts of the city they haven’t yet explored. No matter how black and gold your wardrobe is, I’m sure the Visitor’s Guide will bring you new discoveries and destinations.

It was made for me – and I wrote part of it. There are places in our collection of must-see attractions that somehow still haven’t visited. (No, I won’t admit which ones.) Reading them gives me new encouragement to correct my oversights and explore the area with the same curiosity as in a place I was visiting for the first time.

Alright, alright, I’ll make a confession: I still never made the trip to Fallingwater. I know, this is an unforgivable omission. I’ll have it on the schedule today.

Sean can be reached at [email protected]


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