PhiladelphiaUnited States of America

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Visit Philadelphia

Home of the famous cheesesteak, the City of Brotherly Love is rich in American history and culture. 

In July 1776 the Liberty Bell rang out across Philadelphia and crowds gathered to hear the Declaration of Independence read in public for the first time. Eleven years later on September 17, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention again gathered in the city to sign the constitution in what is now known as Independence Hall. Today, Philadelphia enjoys the distinction of being steeped in history and on the cutting edge of culture and entertainment.

The city is enduringly marked from the days when historic figures such as Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson walked its streets. There are dozens of heritage sites in the Independence National Historical Park including the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. Explore the National Constitution Center where interactive exhibits focus on the important people and moments in those formative years.

History is celebrated in Philadelphia, but the city is certainly not stuck in the past. Gaze at some of the 227,000 objects housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy a night out in a stylish Downtown bar or with the orchestra at the Kimmel Center in West Philadelphia. The city is also a center for cultural events, including an ever-changing program of special exhibits at Philadelphia’s African American Museum.

South Street, the Delaware River, the Schuylkill River and Vine Street bind the Central City area, or Downtown. Downtown is where you can try a Dutch shoofly pie at the Reading Terminal Market or a Philly cheesesteak at Geno’s. More than a simple lunch, a cheesesteak is a cultural experience unique to Philadelphia and everyone has an opinion on who serves them up best. Continue your foodie adventure at the Italian Market.

Families will enjoy visiting the Philadelphia Zoo. This is the oldest zoo in America, with 42 acres (17 hectares) of Victorian gardens and more than 1,000 animals. Nearby, let the kids run loose and explore the extensive displays at the Please Touch Museum.

When fresh air beckons retreat to the Morris Arboretum where there’s more than 13,000 labeled plants. Take a bike ride along the snaking Schuylkill River in the world’s largest city park, Fairmount Park.

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Where to stay in Philadelphia

Liberty Bell Center featuring heritage architecture, a monument and a city

Center City

4.5/5Wonderful!(5,714 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Center City. Check out top attractions like Reading Terminal Market and Liberty Bell Center, and jump on the metro at 11th St Station or 13th St. Station to see more of the city.

Center City
Independence National Historical Park

Old City

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Old City. Top attractions like Penn's Landing and Independence National Historical Park are major draws, and you can catch the metro at 2nd St. Station or 5th St. Station to see more of the city.

Old City
The facade.

University City

4.5/5Wonderful!(369 area reviews)

Travelers choose University City for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at 40th St. Station or 34th St. Station and check out top sights like Franklin Field.

University City
Bella Vista which includes street scenes and markets

South Philadelphia

3/5(452 area reviews)

Travelers choose South Philadelphia for its great live music. Hop aboard the metro at Oregon Station or Snyder Station and check out top sights like Citizens Bank Park.

South Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art showing art and interior views as well as a small group of people

North Philadelphia

4/5Very Good!(64 area reviews)

You might enjoy the historic sites while in North Philadelphia. Eastern State Penitentiary is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Erie Station or Allegheny Station to see more of the city.

North Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art showing art and interior views as well as a small group of people

West Philadelphia

3.5/5Good!(295 area reviews)

Noted for its art galleries and museums, there's plenty to explore in West Philadelphia. Top attractions like Please Touch Museum and Philadelphia Zoo are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at 52nd St. Station or 56th St. Station to see more of the city.

West Philadelphia

Top Hotels in Philadelphia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
4 out of 5
220 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
¥12,911
per night
Feb 17 - Feb 18

Located in Center City, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Walnut Street and Rittenhouse Square. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,704 reviews)

"Hotel where we were married. Still has the same romantic feel"…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
4 out of 5
1201 Market St, Philadelphia, PA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥14,213
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

Located in Center City, this hotel is steps from Free Library of Philadelphia and Reading Terminal Market. Pennsylvania Convention Center and City Hall are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (3,594 reviews)

"Everything was fine. Clean and easy check in but valet line was crazy long and they pack in the cars. Staff were friendly though."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
4.5 out of 5
120 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA
¥14,775
per night
Feb 17 - Feb 18

Located in Center City, this luxury hotel is steps from Art Institute of Philadelphia and Walnut Street. Rittenhouse Square and Kimmel Center for the Performing ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (4,233 reviews)

"Breakfast is wonderful. The location is very convenient."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square

Popular things to do in Philadelphia

Wells Fargo Center
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Wells Fargo Center

4.5/5(763 reviews)

Catch an event at Wells Fargo Center during your trip to Philadelphia. Experience the acclaimed art scene and great live music in this vibrant area.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

4.5/5(1,564 reviews)

One of the country’s largest museums, with hundreds of thousands of objects, a Rodin Museum, renowned impressionist art and a sculpture garden.

Pennsylvania Convention Center
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Pennsylvania Convention Center

4.5/5(807 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Pennsylvania Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Philadelphia. Experience the acclaimed art scene and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

University of Pennsylvania
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University of Pennsylvania

4.5/5(884 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Pennsylvania, a top college in Philadelphia. Experience the acclaimed theater scene or attend a sporting event in this vibrant area.

Reading Terminal Market
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Reading Terminal Market

4.5/5(1,906 reviews)

An enclosed market where you can sample Philly cheesesteaks, shoofly pies, soft pretzels and other local treats, or stock up on organic produce and handmade crafts.

Liberty Bell Center
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Liberty Bell Center

4.5/5(2,125 reviews)

Set in the historical heart of the city, this glass pavilion that houses America’s symbol of independence is one of the most visited sights in Philadelphia.

Top activities in Philadelphia

Philadelphia: 9th Street Italian Market Small-Group Tour
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Philadelphia: 9th Street Italian Market Small-Group Tour

¥3,783

Get a true taste of the City of Brotherly Love with a walk through Philadelphia's famed Italian food market, the 9th Street Market. Take in the local culture as you wander through the city's personality-rich neighborhoods, while exploring vibrant shops and sampling delicious food.

Philadelphia: Small Group Historical Walking Tour
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Philadelphia: Small Group Historical Walking Tour

¥4,864

Start your Philadelphia tour behind the Religious Liberty Statue just outside the National Museum of American Jewish History, where you’ll meet your guide and begin your Best. Day. Ever. From here, we’ll take you back to the time of our nation’s founding, weaving your way through Independence National Park.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

¥2,702

A Surprise around Every Corner Discover the cultural heart of Philadelphia. The Museum’s landmark building houses one of the most comprehensive collections in the country, featuring some of the greatest gatherings of American, Asia, and European art anywhere.

Sightseeing and Serial Killer Tour
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Sightseeing and Serial Killer Tour

¥3,783

Unconventional professor-led sightseeing of every major tourist sight north of Market Street. Enjoy Betsy Ross House, Benjamin Franklin, Christ Church, Elfreth’s Alley, and an array of Founding Father's and Philadelphia movie set locations, spiced with tales of serial slayings and psychopathic killers like the Corpse Collector, Frankfort Slasher, and H.

Philadelphia & Amish Country Day Trip from New York
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Philadelphia & Amish Country Day Trip from New York

¥18,495

Spend a day discovering the historic sights and iconic American landmarks of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, before heading out into the Pennsylvania countryside for an authentic Amish immersion, complete with a market lunch and a horse-drawn buggy ride.

Self-Guided Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt
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Self-Guided Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt

¥1,189

This adventure will take you through the heart of Philadelphia and let you see how it has changed over time, while also having fun. This hunt has been evolving over time to be as entertaining as possible, while showing you as much as possible.

Reviews of Philadelphia

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

I love Philly, but we were transferring planes to go somewhere else this time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

So walkable. Awesome bars and resturants.

5/5 - Excellent

Liz

Jan 20, 2020

Magic Gardens was a beautiful place. Must go see if you have some extra time.

5/5 - Excellent

Lauren

Jan 20, 2020

Definitely will return just not to the double tree. All the museum attractions and tours were excellent. Totally recommend Terminal market, the eastern state penn, grim philly tours!!! Ask for Adam

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

I always love visiting Philadelphia in any capacity. However this trip, other than seeing and celebrating with family, stay wasn’t pleasurable. Again, no running water, no heat and no working elevators. I’m on the 10th floor. $25 off bill, no good.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

It's a typical big city. The good the bad and the ugly.

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