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Let’s see what makes Philadelphia such an outstanding destination.

Philadelphia, PA is the birthplace of America’s modern government, as well as the genesis of its revolution. This historic city has some of America’s oldest buildings and most meaningful artifacts. It was here that the Founders drafted the Constitution and convened the first Continental Congress. Charming buildings from the historical Colonial-era line the streets of the Old City, keeping reminders of its founding in the forefront. There are also plenty of modern attractions that add to the culture of this cosmopolitan city.

For a rich historical and cultural experience, it’s best to focus on the Center City West and Old City sectors, although Philadelphia has much to offer in any quadrant of the city. There are also several hotels near Independence Hall, making the Old City area an ideal place to stay while exploring.

Attractions.

Independence Hall — Set in a lovely park, this building is where the Constitution was written. Original furnishings include the very table and chair on which the document was drafted. Entrance to the venue is free.

The Liberty Bell — Once rung whenever there was important news, the Bell attained its larger status as an emblem of freedom after the Civil War. Admission is free, and lines will be long, so it’s best to arrive fairly early in the day to see it.

Betsy Ross House — Home of the famous historical figure and seamstress, her former residence now serves as a tribute to the conservation efforts of local historians. This 250-year-old house is a charming memorial to the country’s founding.

Philadelphia Museum of Art — Both permanent and rotating exhibits of furniture, paintings, sculpture, and cultural artifacts keep visitors enthralled. The exterior of the building is recognizable to fans of the film “Rocky.”

Accommodations.

The Bellevue Hotel — Just minutes by foot from City Hall and the Museum of Art, The Bellevue Hotel offers plenty of luxury to match its convenient location. Free Wi-Fi, parking, an on-site restaurant, and city views round out the list of benefits.

The Thomas Bond House — Founded by a friend of Benjamin Franklin, this historic hospital-turned-lodging is near the Delaware River and has antique furnishings. It’s a great place to stay if you want to feel like you’re living history.

Restaurants.

City Tavern — Dine surrounded by history in this pre-Revolutionary War tavern that highlights a faithful interpretation of 18th-century food and authentic antique furnishings.

La Famiglia Ristorante — One of the best Italian restaurants in the city, La Famiglia boasts an extensive wine cellar and an Old World-style menu.

Pat’s King of Steaks — This restaurant is a Philadelphia institution; no visit to the city is complete without consuming the famous Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Pat’s claims to be the originator of this local delicacy.

Transportation Options

Fly — Philadelphia International Airport is the area airport and has a bus, taxi, and rail service to most major points in the city.

Ride — SEPTA is the Philadelphia’s bus service and commuter rail line covering the city and outlying areas.

Drive — You can find a full selection of rental agencies at the airport or in area locations around the city.