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. 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.
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.
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History in Philadephia
The Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall, and many years later the United States Constitution was first drafted in the same hall. This is what draws many tourists to Independence National Historic Park (Old City) where the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Constitution Hall are all located.
You can view the Constitution and Declaration of Independence in Constitution Hall and take a walk through the many Revolution-era buildings that have been restored and preserved. Travel to Philadelphia, once the capital of the United States, and see for yourself the remnants of revolutionary battles and the emergence of a new, independent nation.
What to Do in Philadelphia
Tourists in Philadelphia often start their exploration at Independence National Historic Park in Center City, where the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Constitution Hall are all concentrated.
You can view the Constitution and Declaration of Independence in Constitution Hall and take a walk through the many Revolution-era buildings that have been restored and preserved.
>> Looking for a way to get around the city? Try the Philadelphia Hop-on-Hop-off City tour.
In Philadelphia many of the main sights are within walking distance of the city center. You can visit the masterpieces of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the steps of which were made famous by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. Then head over to JKF Plaza to see the famous LOVE statue.
Nearby is Reading Terminal Market where you can try a famous Roast Pork sandwich and find all kinds of delicious specialties to taste.
Don’t forget to head over to Passyunk Avenue to try an original Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich at Pat’s and Gino’s.
Plan ahead, book some of the tours that we mention in the guide below:
- The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
- Flavors of Philly Food Tour
- Philadelphia History, Highlights, & Revolution Tour
- Philadelphia Segway Tour
- Philadelphia Prohibition Pub Crawl
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What & Where to Eat in Philadelphia
Everyone’s heard of the famous Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and it’s one of the major reasons to visit the city. We suggest checking out Gino’s and Pat’s, two competing shops located directly across from each other on Passyunk Ave, but also trying a few others around town to see which is your favorite.
One of the best ways to see what there is to eat in Philly is on a food tour. We suggest the Flavors of Philly Food Tour. You can also put together your own self-guided food tour with our suggestions here.
Another thing Philly does really well is craft beer. Try one or all of our favorite 5 craft breweries in the city.
Markets are great places to try lots of great food. Try a famous Roast Pork sandwich and other delicious specialties at the Reading Terminal Market. Also pop into the Bourse for lunch options.
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):
- Hotel Palomar ⇒ Read reviews | Check prices
- Sofitel Philadelphia ⇒ Read reviews | Check prices
- Hotel Monaco ⇒ Read reviews | Check prices
Essential Travel Guide to Philadelphia
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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.