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Pittsburgh No. 3 on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of places to go in 2015

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Kayaking on the Allegheny River offers a view of the Pittsburgh skyline on Tuesday, July 30, 2014.
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FILE PHOTO--Darrell Jones Sr. plays with his son, Darrell Jr., 3, both of Jackson, MI., at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's BOUNCE exhibit on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
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Pittsburgh is No. 3 on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of Top 15 places to go in 2015.

The city was outranked only by Cartagena, Colombia, and Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, on the editors’ best travel destinations.

“The furnaces are long gone, but this city’s on fire,” reported Brent Burket. “Pittsburgh reinvigorates my love of art every time I visit. The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Warhol, Mattress Factory, and Wood Street Galleries have been on a curatorial tear in recent years.

“The restaurant scene is also alight, led by Cure and Bar Marco, but hit the old-school Primanti Brothers for the best sandwich of your life.”

Pittsburgh outpaced other cities around the world, including Houston (12th), Berlin (10th) and Nassau, Bahamas (seventh).

“We’re thrilled to be No. 3,” said Connie George, vice president of communications for Visit Pittsburgh, the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We know who we are.”

Yet Pittsburgh may not be among the first places that travelers consider for a vacation, George said.

“We are a terrific destination for arts and culture, and family attractions, and because we are safe, affordable and beautiful,” she said.

The Conde Nast listing is among recent endorsements for Pittsburgh. Business Insider ranked the ‘Burgh 12th on its list of “The 15 Hottest U.S. Cities for 2015” and Playboy magazine placed Coca Café and P&G’s Pamela’s Diner as No. 18 and No. 19 on its list of 21 best breakfasts in the Northeastern division of 101 Best Breakfasts in America.

Pittsburgh came in at No. 5 on a USA Today readers’ list of 10 best American riverfronts.

Alice T. Carter is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7808 or [email protected].

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