Travel to Pittsburgh: Things I Dreamt To Do

The missed flight saga… 

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It was my first trip to the United States. I’d made plans, chalked out the itinerary, and exchanged U.S. dollars. As excited as I was about the solo trip, however, the world had other plans for me. Welcome to the saga of my missed flight.

All About Pittsburgh

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Planning a vacation is the best thing on Earth. The preparations, packing, and excitement surrounding the planning process make your heart beat faster as you approach the travel date. When you’re denied entry, however, your dreams come crashing down.

My trip to Pittsburgh would have been my second solo trip, and I was really excited. I wanted to do it all, including spending time at the Pittsburgh Zoo, admiring recycled art at Randyland, looping around the Bicycle Heaven, taking pictures with Dippy the Dinosaur, attending an ongoing performing arts extravaganza, and watching Kaufmann’s Clock go tick-tock.

But I was late. Do I blame the alarm, my phone, or just myself?

Top Five Things I Dreamt of Doing

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A friend who had lived in Pittsburgh previously helped me plan my stay. After choosing a hotel that offers the best views and easy access to the central market, clubs, and shopping and dining areas, here are the top five things I dreamt of doing.

1. Museums

My first day in a new city normally begins with a visit to the museum. This helps me gain firsthand knowledge about the culture and roots of the city. My plan was to go museum-hopping on days one and two, including the six-story Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of National History, and Henry Clay Frick’s car and art collection at the Frick Art and Historical Center.

2. Churches

A visit to these intricate structures is a must. My plan was to stop by and admire the beautiful architecture and woodwork of St. Paul Cathedral, Heinz Memorial Chapel, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, and Saint Anthony Chapel.

3. Interesting Tours

I’d planned to set aside a day for some biking, kayaking, and walking tours of the city. Incorporating a food and wine or bus tour would also be a fun way to get an overview of the city and imbibe the flavours of Pennsylvania.

4. City Skyline

My friend advised taking the Duquesne Incline, which provides a quick commute and beautiful views of the city by day or night. The Monongahela Incline was also something I would have opted to experience if I’d had the time.

5. Food Mapping

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Exploring the best food in a city is a priority for most food lovers, so I researched the best eats in town. I wanted to try Conflict Kitchen, which serves delicacies from places in conflict with the United States, fuel my bread and meat craving with a massive sandwich from Primanti Bros., get my burrito fix at The Gobblerito, and wind up with a dessert at Prantl’s Bakery. The list goes on.

Ultimately, I learnt a life lesson. Not everything goes as planned. There will be setbacks and disappointments, but life goes on. Now there are two alarms in my room, one by the bedside and one on the cabinet.

Have you visited Pittsburgh? How was your experience? Help me experience it vicariously.

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103 thoughts on “Travel to Pittsburgh: Things I Dreamt To Do

  1. I couldn’t agree more about planning! I just love it and really feel like the trip begins, in a way, when I start to plan! After I learn a lot about the destination then I need to teach the kids so I end up experiencing it all over again. Missing a flight is the pits, but you’ll sure be ready when you get the chance to try again!

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  2. Sorry to hear abot what happened. I sometimes experience such which became a normal thing when you fly to other places most of the time. Anyway, despite of what happened, you still manage to enjoy Pittsburgh. You seemed to really have a great time ambling around.

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  3. hope time will come that I can visit US or other country. i usually got to the airport 3 hours before my flight.

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  4. Oh no, I’m so sorry you missed your flight! Was it too expensive to reschedule? Thanks for sharing your itinerary and what you planned to do so that others visiting Pittsburgh could get ideas on what to do.

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  5. I really wanna visit Pittsburgh so bad. The things you have listed are my bucket list items – seeing the recycled art at Randyland, looping around the Bicycle Heaven, taking pictures with Dippy the Dinosaur, attending an ongoing performing arts extravaganza, and watching Kaufmann’s Clock go tick-tock. Hope I get to do all this soon. Thanks for the nudge 😛

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  6. Bingo!! I miss the alarm clock…. and yes, these things are necessary – they teach us how to deal with sad/bad situations. Cheers!!


  7. Oh no! Luckly I’ve never missed a flight, but it must be so disappointing after looking forward to your trip! Hope that you can make it someday, looks like a great place to visit!

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  8. Aww, I’m sorry to hear that you missed your flight, but glad you were able to turn it into a thoughtful post! Pittsburgh has been on my radar for a while now, and I’m definitely interested in exploring it more after reading your post (like Duquesne Incline and Conflict Kitchen). I’d also add exploring craft breweries to the list, as I hear they have quite a few great ones there. Hope you make it next time!

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  9. How ironic to write down the things you would have liked to do. Never been to Pittsburgh and never missed a flight but I feel your dreams. Hope you spend your ‘extra’ time on a bit of pampering yourself.

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  10. Oh my!!! Too bad about the missed flight!!! But its ok, such things are necessary once in lifetime! I missed a coach and ended up spending twice its ticket charge to get the next coach which was 2 hrs later, effectively making my day trip, a half day one!!! But then, since then I keep alarm in 2-3 devices!!!

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  11. East Coast is fun but I’ve never visited Pitsburg! I’ve had flights cancwlled but never missed. Hope you get to visit some time. 🙂

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  12. Never been – shame about your visit not working out but at least you know what you want to do when you do finally get to go there. And you’ve given as all plenty of ideas for a trip in the future!

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  13. Oh no! That’s such a nightmare. Sounds like you would have had a great time there. I really hope you get the chance to go and do all you planned!

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  14. Oh noooo, how dissapoining!! Missing flights is my worst nightmare. I feel for you. I hope you’ll make it there. #citytripping

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