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So what is it that the Bahamas, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Pittsburgh all have in common? While it may seem that one of these things is not quite like the others, each was named to Conde Nast Traveler’s list of top 15 places to go in 2015.

For those who live in the Steel City, gaining these types of international accolades is nothing new, as Conde Nast Travelers just adds to the ever-growing list of recognitions the city is starting to collect. However, the city seems to remain one of the nation’s best-kept secrets.

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While many travelers appear to be thus far uninterested in adding Pittsburgh to their travel bucket list, some emerging trends coupled with the city’s ongoing urban transformation may just make Pittsburgh a must-visit metropolis.

Pittsburgh: A Young People’s Paradise?

One of the more surprising trends that we found in our recent survey of over 1,000 people from all across the country is the amount of young people who seem to be in favor of a visit to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In fact, nearly ¼ of survey respondents between the ages of 18-24 stated that Pittsburgh made their list of travel destinations, and 1/5 of survey respondents 25 -34 said the same. Pittsburgh truly is a young people’s paradise. Whether for its extreme affordability or its endless options for entertainment, millennials seem to flock to the city quite like no other.

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Since the collapse of the city’s one-time iconic steel industry, Pittsburghers past & present have held true to their hard-natured upbringing in attempts to transform the city into the urban oasis it is today. While the smoke in the city skyline may have cleared up, Pittsburgh remains on fire.

At the epicenter of Pittsburgh’s revival is the city’s downtown neighborhood. Once a sector of the city that went largely ignored outside working hours, downtown Pittsburgh has become filled with activity at all hours of the day. Nowadays, downtown’s streets remain bustling into the wee hours of the morning as locals and travelers alike stroll about the revitalized Market Square, Cultural District and Golden Triangle as a whole. Downtown Pittsburgh hotel rooms burst at the seams with tourists from all across the globe make their way to the city.

One of the leading causes of Pittsburgh’s transformation from Rust Belt wash-up to Must-See Travel Destination is its unique blend of past and present. Abandoned storefronts now give way to spacious art galleries and performance venues. Outdated industrial warehouses make room for unique dining and drinking opportunities. No matter what neighborhood you find yourself in, the city seems to effortlessly bridge past and present like no other, making for a one-of-a-kind travel experience with new adventure at every turn.

Fun and Excitement for All Ages

While there is no shortage of opportunity for those of us who like to be constantly on the go, Pittsburgh offers a fair share of activities and attractions for travelers of almost any age.

If you plan on bringing the little ones along on your next trip to the Steel City, you’ll find no shortage of attractions to check out to keep the whole family entertained rain or shine. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a great way to get up close and personal with over 4,000 species of animals from all across the globe, and your child will love getting the chance to go hands-on with the hundreds of exhibits at the Carnegie Science Center.

For adults looking to spend a night out on the town, the Rivers Casino is home to non-stop fun and excitement with nearly 3,000 slots, 100 table games, fine dining and great entertainment. If you’d rather not take your chances at the Casino, the city’s Southside is always bustling with activity no matter what day of the week, and Lawrenceville provides plenty of craft cocktails and beers alongside some of the finest foods in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh even offers something for older travelers as well. When rest and relaxation are on the agenda, why not take a stroll along the city’s new riverfront walkways, or catch a game of our nation’s pastime for an All-American vacation by taking in a Pirates game at PNC Park.

Of course, no visit to Pittsburgh can be considered complete without going for a breathtakingly beautiful ride up one of Mount Washington’s two historic cable car inclines all the way to the top to catch some spectacular city skyline views.

While Pittsburgh may not be the first place you think of when planning your dream vacation, just one trip to the Steel City will have you falling in love with all there is to see and do. Discover for yourself why so many travel experts are praising Pittsburgh by booking a stay with the DoubleTree Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown. Located right in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, our downtown Pittsburgh accommodations place you minutes away from all the city’s most sought after sights and sounds. Don’t wait to be the last to see all that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer, book your stay today and see for yourself what makes Pittsburgh one of travel’s best kept secrets.