With its rich historical heritage, Philadelphia is one of the United States' most visited cities. After all, both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed here in Independence Hall. Renaissance man Benjamin Franklin once called this city home. And before Washington, D.C. usurped its role, Philadelphia served as the country's capital. Yet the city is far from being stuck in its glorious past. The Philly of today is filled with notable museums, a bumping nightlife, beloved sports teams and a thriving restaurant scene that encompasses more than just the ubiquitous cheesesteak.
Steel City is still grounded by its industrial roots, but Pittsburgh is finally breaking down its blue collar image. A cluster of universities — like Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh — inject a refreshing energy into the city. And many artists hail from Pittsburgh, including Broadway star Patti Lupone, the late Pop Art master Andy Warhol and the kid television host "Mister" Fred Rogers. Yes, Pittsburgh is known as the steel industry's main hub, but there's a fresh vibe bubbling to the surface. There are new (and quite tasty) restaurants opening across the city; the museums are bursting with world-class art and regional history; Heinz Field hosts some of the best football games in the country; and there are plenty of outdoor activities along the city's three rivers year-round.
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