For Pittsburgh Steelers guard Craig Wolfley, Pittsburgh is the best of two worlds: it offers the culture and diversity of a modern industrial city; and yet 20 minutes away is the countryside whose tranquility the four-year veteran craves in the off-season.

Wolfley, 25, mentions Point State Park and the Carnegie Museum, in town, and nearby Seven Springs Ski Resort as a few of his favorite places to visit when he's not making public appearances or working out. "The restaurants are really great here, too," he says. " 'Christopher's' on Mount Washington has a fantastic view of the city."

When Wolfley goes on vacation, he heads up to his native Buffalo for some skiing and relaxing. Other favorites include:

Tampa, Fla.: "I really enjoy the Tampa Bay area. My wife and I go there to just rest. You know, after playing football for six months, I need six months to heal. I also like Orlando; it's just crazy with all the Disney World stuff."

Western New York State: "I like being in the open spaces. I'm even trying to buy a horse ranch in East Aurora, near Buffalo. I would love to raise some Belgian workhorses or maybe buy some Clydesdales. I'm basically a simple person and it doesn't take a whole lot to keep me entertained."