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Culture and Business Thrive in Pittsburgh

26 Jul 2010

Many cities throughout the middle of the country have struggled in recent decades as the heavy manufacturing and industrial jobs that once made such places great are mostly gone. However, some of these cities have been able to meet these challenges head on and adapt to the new environment, and perhaps no former industrial city has done this as well as Pittsburgh.

Once a hub of the steel industry, Pittsburgh is fast becoming a center of business and culture.

One of the best places for curious travelers to visit in Pittsburgh is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. This museum is one of the top five natural history museums in the U.S., according to VisitPittsburgh.com, which is no surprise to those who have visited it. There are 21 million objects and artifacts housed there, but perhaps none is more famous or exciting as the first-ever discovered Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. The museum also has a number of enlightening special exhibits, including one that looks at the role of jewelry in Pittsburgh, which runs through October 17.

While there are many things to do for fun in Pittsburgh, many people travel there to take advantage of the city’s top-notch business facilities. Indeed, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center is not only a more than 300,000 square-foot facility but also the largest LEED-certified “green” building in the world, according to VisitPittsburgh.com. In addition, the city’s airport is consistently mentioned among the top flight facilities in the nation.

With all of these invigorating sites and quality business facilities, travelers may want to book corporate housing in Pittsburgh.

A leading corporate housing provider in Pittsburgh is Corporate America, which has 12 locations throughout the city and surrounding area.

Paul Bates, the president of Corporate America, says that about 85 percent of guests at his facilities are business travelers. Such travelers typically stay for seven to eight weeks.

Bates says that the laundry-facilities provided by Corporate America are popular and “pretty much a necessity for most of our guests.” He also says that guests enjoy the fully-equipped kitchen and the amount of space that the apartments provide.

However, the most popular thing that Corporate America offers may be its cost-effectiveness when compared to a hotel, according to Bates. He says that when the two are compared, the numbers are “outrageously” in favor of his facilities. A month-long stay at the Polo Club, one of Corporate America’s properties, starts at just $79 per night. The rates for a week long stay are just as reasonable at $94 per night.

Bates also has a recommendation for those traveling to the Steel City: go to the top of Mount Washington, as it provides “one of the most gorgeous views of Pittsburgh.” According to Bates, the view at the top of the mountain allows people to take in the entire city and its rivers.

Another quality place to stay for an extended stay in Pittsburgh is the Residence Inn by Marriott - Pittsburgh North Shore. This property has free wireless internet and various other business services in addition to offering comfortable accommodations. However, its best feature might be its location, which is very convenient to the downtown area. Rates for a weeklong stay at this extended stay hotel in August start at $199 per night, while prices for a month long stay begin at $129.

The sights, business facilities and corporate housing and extended stay providers give travelers many reasons to visit Pittsburgh.ADNFCR-3068-ID-19907977-ADNFCR

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