Everybody wants to be counted among the cool, and recently Pittsburgh has been listed as the coolest of the cool by National Geographic Traveller on its The Cool List 2019. The city came in No. 3 in the Top 19 Must-See Destinations for 2019, trailing Setouchi, Japan, at No. 1, which will be hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and No. 2 Antarctica, where you can kayak beside whales and visit colonies of penguins.

Pittsburgh was the only place in the United States named to the list. The magazine touted the city: “While Pittsburgh is a blue-collar town at heart, it’s much more elegant than many visitors might expect. And there’s plenty for culture vultures, too. In 2019, the Heinz History Center plays host to an exhibition on the Apollo 11 Moon landings, while the Carnegie Museum of Art hosts the Carnegie International, the world’s oldest contemporary art exhibition, featuring the works of 32 artists from around the globe. The name most associated with Pittsburgh’s art scene, though, is local boy Andy Warhol, and the Warhol Museum features more than 8,000 works by the pop artist, plus an insight into his whirlwind life.”

Pittsburgh ranked ahead of such exotic locations as Corsica, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Oslo, and Indonesia. How cool is that?


By Janice Lane Palko