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Pittsburgh Airport Guide:

Feel the Pittsburgh Fever

PIT, or Pittsburgh International Airport, feels more like a small town airport than a huge international gateway. In reality, it is the fourth largest U.S. airport as measured in landmass. Although its exterior and interior design is somewhat antiquated, it creates a homey ambiance for travelers. The tips below will give you a quick road map on how to enjoy your time at Pittsburgh Airport. 

How Pittsburgh Airport Will Impress You

Pittsburgh Airport has a number of good shops and plenty of restaurants. As mentioned, the floor plan is spacious enough to ensure that you can walk unimpeded and have plenty of opportunities to find seating. Accurate signage is posted throughout the terminals to help you navigate your way to different locations. The shops, restaurants, and restrooms are also conveniently located close together so that you don't have to do a lot of walking while toting carry on items. 

An added bonus is that there are various massage chairs available to revive your weary body. There is even a spa/beauty salon on the premises (Xpress Spa) that offers full massages, manicures and facials. 

While you're lounging in the terminals, you'll have access to free Wi-Fi to watch some movies or browse the net. However, as is the case with any free Wi-Fi, the signal can be weak in certain locations and connections can be subject to periodic drops. 

The other good thing is that while you're at Pittsburgh Airport, you'll definitely know what city you're in. The airport does a great job of presenting Pittsburgh's local character in the airport. You'll see a variety of artwork and memorabilia, which share special aspects of Pittsburgh's history. 

Things That Might Make You Regret Traveling Through Pittsburgh Airport

Although PIT has a decent number of offerings when it comes to food and shopping, they are non-existent after early evening. Retail spots and eateries close early (around 8 PM) and don't reopen until five in the morning. Those who end up having to look for food after 8 PM may be left with TGIF or McDonald's, which close around 11 PM. 

Another negative (also related to dining options) is that PIT has an unhealthy balance in favor of greasy spoon joints. Junk food junkies won't mind, but health conscious travelers only have a couple of options. If you're very particular about what you eat, you might even want to bring something along to keep your stomach happy. 

Pittsburgh Airport is also inhospitable to airport sleepers. This is mainly due to the cleaning crew that performs its duties rather noisily. Frequent, loud announcements also contribute to the noisy atmosphere. 

How To Spend Time Enjoying Pittsburgh Airport

If you find yourself with some time on your hands, there are many things to check out at PIT. First off, if you happen to hear that there is a Tyrannosaurus Rex in the terminal, don't be alarmed! The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has a full replica of a T-Rex skeleton in the main, post-security terminal area. It's an awesome photo op and a popular spot for travelling kids. You'll encounter this prehistoric surprise on the transit level, which is located in the post-security portion of the terminal. 

Sport enthusiasts will want to check out the life size statue of Hall of Fame Steeler's running back: Franco Harris. The statue beautifully depicts Harris's history making catch in what has since been called the "Immaculate Reception." The statue was previously located in the arrivals area of the international terminal, however it was recently moved to the transit area at the bottom of the escalators. 

History buffs might want to head to Concourse A to see the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit. This exhibit consists of a wall mural displaying pictures and information about the historic military unit. 

Those who are in the mood for a little art can view paintings by Andy Warhol in Concourses C and D. These pieces, presented by the Andy Warhol Museum, are rather easy to spot as you walk down the concourse. Warhol's iconic splashes of bright colors stand out remarkably in the otherwise grey and gloomy terminal. 

On a sidenote, those traveling with young ones can take advantage of the play area situated in the post-security area. Kidsport can be found in Concourse C and features a scalable wall and plenty of area to run around. If the kids have ever seen a Mr. Rogers re-run, you might also want to take them to the Fred Rogers exhibit in Concourse C. This small exhibit showcases many of the items from the show, including cherished puppets such as Henrietta Pussycat and King Friday. 

How Pittsburgh Airport’s Fare Fares Up

As noted above, Pittsburgh Airport isn't exactly the culinary capital of airports. The type and quality of food found at TGIF Friday's (which is also in the airport) pretty much sums up what you are likely to find here. There are, on the other hand, a few other options that might be a better choice. 

Bar Symon probably serves the best food at Pittsburgh Airport. This bar/eatery is located in the Airmall, or center core on the airside of the terminal. Bar Symon serves interesting combinations like the Parmesan rosemary fries, and filling sandwiches such as the Lola Burger. They also have a wide selection of craft beers, although they are a little pricey. Don't come here expecting anything exotic. Bar Symon basically serves your typical bar fare with a little twist; however, it is a lot better than eating at McDonald's!

If you feel like trekking it to the pre-security side of the terminal, you can have a decent time at City of Bridges Cafe. Yet, you don't necessarily want to come here for the food. The food really isn't all that spectacular. The real draw here is the awesome view of Pittsburgh. In fact, you don't even have to eat here; you can just come for drinks since it also has a full bar. If you do decide to eat, stay away from the pizza and grab a sandwich or salad instead. 

Another Tip For Pittsburgh Airport Travelers

If you need to sleep, go to Kidsport in Concourse C. There are a few couches there that can provide you with a comfortable place to rest. Whatever you do, stay away from the international gates or the customs exit area. Sleeping or napping in those spots will prompt security to give you a rude awakening!
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