Known as the ‘City of Brotherly Love’, Philadelphia is a city steeped in art, history, and culture. Carve your way through streets lined with red-brick colonial houses, pausing to take in famous landmarks such as the Liberty Bell. Don’t forget to sample an iconic Philly cheesesteak en route. Fly from April 2019!
Philadelphia – affectionately known as ‘Philly’ – is the historic heart of America. Begin by exploring Independence National Historical Park, an L-shaped green space near the water that is home to iconic institutions that formed the foundation of the US government. Stop at Independence Hall, an 18th-century Georgian building where delegates met to approve the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Across from the building is the Liberty Bell, a famously fractured bronze bell that was used to mark historic events. The bell is now housed in an enormous glass gazebo, and visitors can see the bell up close, free of charge. Brave visitors may also want to consider a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary, a prison-turned-museum where Al Capone once resided. On Halloween, the prison turns into America’s largest haunted house, featuring six different frightening attractions with live actors.
Art-lovers will have a tough time deciding between Philadelphia’s wide selection of art galleries. The most well-known gallery is the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a palatial structure that boasts a Japanese teahouse and the world’s most extensive Marcel Duchamp collection. Rocky fans will also recognize the museum as the setting of the iconic scene from the film, and it’s common to see visitors run up the stairs and snap a picture at the top, arms raised in the famous victory salute.
Absolute foodie? Don’t miss the chance to visit Reading Terminal Market, a bustling marketplace housed in a nineteenth-century train station. Philadelphia is one of the most ethnically mixed US cities, and the city’s food is a testament to this multiculturalism. Sample apple dumplings at the Dutch Eating Place, or opt for Asian, Middle Eastern, or Greek food. If it’s traditional Philadelphian cuisine that you’re craving, try a Philly cheesesteak, or one of DiNic’s famous roast pork sandwiches. Whatever your dietary preferences, Philadelphia has a dish that will blow you away.
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