Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh Money-Saving Tips

Stop by the Visitor Information Center

Make the most of your visit to Pittsburgh by swinging by one of the city’s official Visitor Information Centers early on in your stay. Check the website for locations – the downtown office on Liberty Avenue is the most convenient for many travelers. 412-281-7711; www.visitpittsburgh.com

Beware of the “Pittsburgh Left”

Driving around Pittsburgh? Be aware of a local rule: when approaching an intersection, yield to the car across from you with its left turn signal on. The rule, called the “Pittsburgh Left,” is unique to the city – don’t attempt to follow it elsewhere in Pennsylvania.

Plan for Parking Ahead of Time

If you’re driving into Pittsburgh, you’ll find that parking can be expensive and difficult to secure. Check into your options ahead of time through the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, which runs nine parking garages and a variety of parking lots. 412-560-7275; www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pghparkingauthority

Shop tax-free

Clothing and specialty foods can be purchased tax-free in Pittsburgh – take advantage of the situation and go on a shopping spree in the boutiques of the city’s South Side and East End.

Pack an umbrella

The climate in Pittsburgh changes quickly. Visitors should plan for rainy and stormy weather by packing an umbrella or a rain jacket, even if the weather seems clear and sunny in the morning.

Be aware of city crime

Muggers and occasionally violent homeless people can create problems for tourists who walk around downtown late at night. Consult the concierge at your hotel for more specific details on neighborhoods to avoid, or skip the danger altogether by being prepared with a taxi company’s phone number after a night out.

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