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Welcome to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A city of many names, Pittsburgh is known as the gateway to the West, America’s most livable city, and steel city, to name a few. Founded in 1758, it was named in honor of British statesman William Pitt. From its beginning as a frontier village to its current status as one of the nation's leading industrial cities, Pittsburgh’s legacy is a rich one.
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Crossing the bridge onto the 10th Street Bypass, we come to Allegheny State Park, a symbol of Pittsburgh's transformed relationship with the Allegheny River and its cultural district. Running along the river's south bank, the park consists of two tiers, with each acting to weave together the city's natural and cultural landscape. In addition, it features two long, narrow pathways squeezed between the Allegheny River and its expressways. The lower half is deliberately wild, with its plant life capable of regeneration after a flood or an ice storm. Meanwhile, the upper half is more urban, featuring walkways and plant life often found in the city's public spaces. Accommodating nearly all forms of leisurely travel, the park is perfect for walking, biking, or even wheelchair and boating access. Indeed, there's truly something here for everyone. As an added bonus, the upper tier offers relaxing shade to sit and rest, while the lower portion allows immediate access to the water. This makes the lower portion an especially great place to dip your feet while you eat your lunch. With routine visitors and pet owners frequenting the park daily, it remains one of the safest, most popular spots in all of Pittsburgh. Photo "Pittsburgh alleghenyriverpark.jpg" by PerryPlanet is licensed under Public Domain