Red incline car in middle of tracks on Mt. Washington

Pittsburgh has been in resurgence mode as of late. As the second-largest city in the state of Pennsylvania, the Steel City has recovered from decades of economic turbulence and population decline to become one of the few urban strongholds during the Great Recession. As we get ready to welcome the year 2015, here are five of the best reasons to pay Pittsburgh a visit:

City of Steel                                      

There’s a reason why Pittsburgh is not only called Steel City, but also the City of Bridges. Pittsburgh one of the largest steel producers in the world, which is reflected in the sheer number of bridges the city has. In fact, it has 446 bridges, which is more than any other city in the country. Pittsburgh’s reputation as a steel production behemoth is also reflected in the architecture; expect buildings with more emphasis on modernity and functionality. Consequently, the industrial nature of Pittsburgh makes this city an urban photographer’s utopia.

River Traffic

Part of the reason for so many bridges in Pittsburgh is due to the city’s reputation as a waterway city. The source of the Ohio River can be found here—at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers. Since the 17th century, this has served as a the vital link between the Atlantic coast and the Midwestern U.S., and as a result, the area has been coveted by a wide range of parties—from the British and French expansionists to Civil War raiders and media networks. Pittsburgh is also home to tributaries like Chartiers Creek, Saw Mill Run, and Becks Run. And you can use any of the river trail or  transportation systems—such as the Delta Queen Steamboat Company and the Three Rivers Heritage Trail—to visit historic points of interest that range from railroad buildings to amusement parks.

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

The historical and industrial feel of Pittsburgh enhances the downtown feel of the city, which is known for its rich history in arts and culture. Thanks to industrialists in the 19th century, who commissioned and donated public works, you can enjoy classical music performances at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, opera at the Pittsburgh Opera, and dance events at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater or Pittsburgh Dance Council. Other notable entertainment centers in the city include the River City Brass Brand; the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra; the Civic Light Opera; and the National Negro Opera Company, which bears the distinction of the first all-black opera company in the U.S.

Sports Teams

Sporting News once named Pittsburgh as the “Best Sports City” in the U.S. It’s hard not to see why it won that title. After all, it is home to three most thematically unified major professional sports team in the country. The National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers, the National Hockey League’s Penguins, and the Pirates of Major League Football use the city’s official colors of black and gold—a tradition that is unique to Pittsburgh.

Accommodating Accommodations

Checking out the best Pittsburgh has to offer requires a considerable number of hotels for greater accessibility, and the city does not disappoint in that arena. In fact, since 2004, the number of downtown Pittsburgh hotel rooms has risen by over 3,000, with higher occupancy than 11 comparable cities. The sheer number of Pittsburgh hotels has earned the city the title of one of the Travel Channel’s Best All-American Vacations, among numerous other accolades.

It’s never too early to start planning your next trip. Whatever your reason for visiting Pittsburgh, make sure you make the most out of your trip by booking your downtown Pittsburgh accommodations at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown. Nestled between Pittsburgh’s lively Business and Cultural Districts, the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown gives their guests a perfect feel of just what Pittsburgh’s transformation is all about. Plus, guests of the downtown Pittsburgh hotel can sit back, relax and feel at home during their travels in our spacious luxury suites and guest rooms. Book your accommodations with the DoubleTree Downtown Pittsburgh today, and discover for yourself why so many travelers are falling in love with the City of Steel.