We needed a map and had many questions about Pittsburgh so headed to this Visitor Information Center, Downtown in the Fifth Avenue Place mall. What a fountain of information! The lone staff member gave us the much-needed map and helpful brochures. But she also went out of her way to give us a booklet with coupons, which included two-for-one admission prices for some of the places on our "to see" list. And she called one attraction to learn if a special exhibition was still in progress.
Best of all, she made valuable suggestions on places to go, the best times to do that and how to get there. I especially appreciated her tips on transportation as I would be exploring solo for a few days without a car. She even ran off two bus routes to show how to reach one of my distant destinations. The unexpected transport bargain: Anyone with a Medicare card can travel on the city's public transport for free. This also extends to using the inclines. Just show the card to those responsible for collecting fares.
The gift shop here has many Pittsburgh-themed items, including T-shirts, note cards and books. A rack of nice postcards beckoned to me.
We went here on a weekday, just after the center opened at 10 a.m. At that time, no one else was seeking information.
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