What should I pack for a trip to Pittsburgh?

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Proper packing for your trip to Pittsburgh depends entirely on the time of year you’ll be visiting. We think the best times to visit are the spring and fall, when the weather is evenly tempered. But fair-weather days have a habit of turning into chilly nights, so bring along an all-purpose sweater or hooded sweatshirt, as well as clothing that can easily be layered. And since Pittsburgh is a much rainier city than most travelers realize, don’t forget a sturdy umbrella.

As for the remainder of the year, here’s everything you need to know: Pittsburgh winters are brutally cold - think gloves, scarves, thermal underwear and knit hats, while summers are just the opposite, and require light clothes, and even sunscreen and flip-flops.

For dining out and social engagements, casual is the rule in Pittsburgh; you’ll see locals wearing jeans and even sports jerseys just about everywhere — football fans don’t get any prouder than the Steelers boosters - so leave the eveningwear at home unless you’re planning to attended a black-tie event.

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