Pennsylvania may have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

PhiladelphiaUnited States of America

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.

Philadelphia Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Philadelphia

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

Center City

4.5/5Wonderful!(6,262 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
Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Penn's Landing

Independence Seaport Museum and USS Becuna are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Penn's Landing. Travelers also love the fascinating museums, great live music, and acclaimed art galleries.

Penn's Landing
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 Museum of the American Revolution 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
University City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

University City

4.5/5Wonderful!(408 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Franklin Field while getting to know University City, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at 40th St. Station or 34th St. Station to see more of the area.

University City
Bella Vista which includes street scenes and markets

South Philadelphia

3/5(488 area reviews)

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

South Philadelphia
Fairmount Park which includes skyline, a lake or waterhole and heritage architecture

West Philadelphia

4/5Very Good!(329 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
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
4 out of 5
201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
The price is ¥16,788 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Center City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ben Franklin National Memorial and Reading Terminal Market. Philadelphia Museum of Art and University ...

3.5/5Good! (177 reviews)

"Excellent place to stay. Clean, convenient, and very courteous employees. I will definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
3.5 out of 5
240 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA
The price is ¥12,444 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Einstein Healthcare Network and King of Prussia Mall. King of Prussia Town Center is ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (927 reviews)

"I really loved staying here the staff was very helpful and nice i felt welcomed every single time i walked by the desk they would greet me the room was spacious and very clean looking forward to staying here again."…"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport
Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport
3.5 out of 5
4509 Island Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥12,155 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Wells Fargo Center, Citizens Bank Park, and Lincoln Financial Field. University of Pennsylvania ...

3.9/5Good! (953 reviews)

"nice hotel with polite people. really like it and very cheap"…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2020

Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport

Popular places to visit in Philadelphia

Wells Fargo Center
Image for Wells Fargo Center

Wells Fargo Center

4.5/5(824 reviews)

Catch an event at Wells Fargo Center during your trip to Philadelphia. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Image for Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

4.5/5(1,619 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
Image for Pennsylvania Convention Center

Pennsylvania Convention Center

4.5/5(875 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Pennsylvania Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Philadelphia. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

University of Pennsylvania
Image for University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

4.5/5(948 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Pennsylvania, a top college in Philadelphia. Experience the entertainment choices and great live music in this vibrant area.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Image for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

4.5/5(104 reviews)

If Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is what brings you to town, hopefully you'll have a chance to explore more of Philadelphia. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Liberty Bell Center
Image for Liberty Bell Center

Liberty Bell Center

4.5/5(2,226 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 things to do in Philadelphia

Philadelphia: Small Group Historical Walking Tour
Image for Philadelphia: Small Group Historical Walking Tour

Philadelphia: Small Group Historical Walking Tour

¥4,808
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Philadelphia Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Image for Philadelphia Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Philadelphia Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

¥3,739
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Museum of the American Revolution Tickets
Image for Museum of the American Revolution Tickets

Museum of the American Revolution Tickets

¥2,334
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia
Image for LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia

¥2,184
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Penn Museum
Image for Penn Museum

Penn Museum

¥1,923
Per adult
Philadelphia City to Washington City - Private Car Transfer
Image for Philadelphia City to Washington City - Private Car Transfer

Philadelphia City to Washington City - Private Car Transfer

¥15,354
Per adult

Reviews of Philadelphia

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2996
5 - Excellent 45.113687697635896%
4 - Good
2693
4 - Good 40.551121819003164%
3 - Okay
795
3 - Okay 11.971088691462128%
2 - Disappointing
93
2 - Disappointing 1.400391507303117%
1 - Terrible
64
1 - Terrible 0.9637102845956934%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

This is the City of Brotherly Love

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

The city was shut down

5/5 - Excellent

Kimberly

May 24, 2020

Born and raised in Philadelphia i love it. A very historical place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 12, 2020

Great and pleasurable!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2020

You would think the staff would be more accommodating considering what's going on. Total waste of money and time. Could've went somewhere different and gotten better service

4/5 - Good

MaChérie

Apr 23, 2020

Center city is adorable

Cities near Philadelphia