The strength of Pittsburgh lies in the friendliness of its people and the beauty of its landscape. Not only are its sports teams a mighty force to be reckoned with, but the city has overcome adversity in a big way. Pittsburgh's affordable standard of living, top-notch health care facilities and cultural attractions combine to make it America's "Most Livable City." Once a center for heavy industry, today Pittsburgh's skyline has been transformed. Riverfronts are thoughtfully developed, utilized for recreation now more than ever. Businesses look to the environment as an asset, not a challenge. And, best of all, "green" has replaced "smoky" for good. It is also a city in transformation. Bike, walk or rollerblade miles of riverfront trails and soak in fantastic urban views. Wrapped in rivers, intertwined with trails and packed with parks, it is a green and outdoor city in close contact with its surrounding countryside. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens opened its Center for Sustainable Landscapes, one of the world's first certified living buildings, a model of sustainability for architects, scientists, planners and anyone interested in living greener. Make the time to travel to Pittsburgh's Countryside, eight counties located between 30-60 minutes of downtown Pittsburgh, and offering everything from whitewater rafting to sailing to country festivals to hiking and more. Enjoy the slower pace and beautiful landscape of the countryside.