Shortcut Travel Guide to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia has always been a popular destination for Americans, especially families, who want to see and learn more about the early history of the United States. It’s a fascinating place with so much to do that you could easily fill a week with activities, from visiting Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, to eating your way around Reading Terminal Market, and trying all of the exciting restaurants and breweries.

Enhance your trip with this one-stop travel guide to Philadelphia, featuring all the best hotels, neighborhoods, things to do, and places to eat and drink in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Plan ahead, book some of the tours that we mention in the guide below:

  • Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia – book here
  • Philadelphia Pub Crawl – book here

Where to Stay in Philadelphia

You’ll want to decide where to stay based on what you want to do in the city, but it’s a pretty safe bet to stay somewhere in Center City. It’s very easy to walk around the main attractions, the historical buildings, and the best shopping areas from that location.

Here are our top recommendations for places to stay in Philadelphia. You can use any of the links you wish to see reviews, prices, or to book your hotel (they are affiliate links from which we receive a small commission):

Travel Guide to Philadelphia

A shortcut guide to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A shortcut guide to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.

Shortcut Travel Guide to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

25 thoughts on “Shortcut Travel Guide to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  1. Jey Jetter says:

    Hey Laura, this is a great idea with the PDF to download! I remember Philadelphia from my trip 10 years ago, but I would go again and use your guide this time! 😀 Happy Travels

  2. Kathrin says:

    This is so handy! Great for a fast overview 🙂 and @Natasha, I’d love to visit during the food and wine festival as well.

  3. LeAnna says:

    We have a 6 hours in Philly tomorrow on our way back to Germany. Would we be able to realistically hit any of these spots and still make it back to the airport in time for our flight? I wouldn’t mind a classic Philly Cheese Steak!!!

  4. Anne Sutherland-Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing a great infographic about Philadelphia – I have not visited yet but it is definitely on my list. I don’t know what a cheese steak is but I will definitely have to find out!

  5. Carolann says:

    This is perfect! Great way to summarize everything you need to know when travelling to Philly! We are thinking of exploring Pennsylvania this year so we’ll definitely be saving this!

  6. Geert says:

    It’s always good to know where I can find craft beer haha 😉 I don’t think Philadelphia is coming onto my travel path soon, but I’ll keep a copy of the pdf handy in case I do go for that US road trip!

  7. Vanessa says:

    I love all the suggestions of the places to eat. I’ve only been to Philly twice but each time I’ve had incredible food. There’s some really diverse flavors there.

  8. Jessica says:

    This is SOOOO cool! Love how you made it! Went to Philly a few years ago for a weekend with my sister and we loved every minute of our short trip!

  9. Arzo Travels says:

    Oh, I love the graphic. It is such a good overview and sometimes not many words are needed….Btw: Sofitel is always a good idea:)

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