This is a large port city situated on the bank of the Ohio River. Pittsburg is a major financial and trading center of the USA. The city was founded in the middle of the 18th century - in 1761 a fortification was built on the bank of the river. It was named Fort Pitt and all new houses were built around it. Thanks to richness of natural resources, Pittsburgh quickly acquired the status of a major industrial center. Here were built metallurgical and engineering plants. One of the most significant events happened here in 1957, when the world's first nuclear power plant was opened in Pittsburgh. Hi-tech manufacturing industry steadily replaced metallurgy.
Nowadays in the city are well-developed software development organizations, biomedical equipment production plants, as well as numerous academic and research institutions. Besides this the city is a major university center as here are located the University of Pittsburgh, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, and several colleges.
As a rule, industrial and educational centers are rarely popular among tourists, but Pittsburgh is a pleasant exception. There are really many attractions and beautiful places here, so tourists keep coming here all year round. Point Park is considered the most beautiful one. This is the ideal place for walking. Nature lovers are also recommended to visit the local botanical garden, which is one of the largest in the country. Pittsburgh is also among the leaders in the number of museums and cultural centers as in this city one can visit Museum of Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum, Museum of Natural History, Planetarium, Science Carnegie Center, Observatory and Museum Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Classical music lovers of should visit Carnegie Concert Hall, where are often organized symphony orchestra performances.