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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.

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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!(6,257 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
The facade.

University City

4.5/5Wonderful!(407 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
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
Bella Vista which includes street scenes and markets

South Philadelphia

3/5(487 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
Philadelphia Museum of Art showing art and interior views as well as a small group of people

North Philadelphia

4/5Very Good!(66 area reviews)

North Philadelphia is a destination travelers like for its historic sites, and you might hop aboard the metro at Erie Station or Allegheny Station to explore sights like Eastern State Penitentiary.

North Philadelphia

Top Hotels in Philadelphia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
3.5 out of 5
201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
The price is ¥12,190 per night

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (24 reviews)

"Great, clean, well put together property. We had an amazing time."…"

Reviewed on May 4, 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 ¥10,675 per night

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of King of Prussia Town Center and King of Prussia Mall. Valley Forge Convention Center and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,868 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean."…"

Reviewed on May 30, 2020

Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
Inn of the Dove Romantic Suites with Jacuzzi & Fireplace
Inn of the Dove Romantic Suites with Jacuzzi & Fireplace
2.5 out of 5
3901 Old Street Rd, Bensalem, PA
The price is ¥15,855 per night

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Parx Casino and Racetrack and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Neshaminy Mall. Philadelphia Mills ...

4.2/5Very Good! (489 reviews)

"I really enjoyed our stay. The place was beautiful, and clean. Everything worked. It is a smoke free environment. But we can smoke outside. Smokers could use one of those outside cigarette containers. There is butts outside door. I Love the outside area. But is would have been nice to have setting ..."…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Inn of the Dove Romantic Suites with Jacuzzi & Fireplace

Popular places to visit in Philadelphia

Wells Fargo Center
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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
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

4.5/5(1,618 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(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
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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 fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Reading Terminal Market
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Reading Terminal Market

4.5/5(2,039 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(2,221 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

Philly by Night Double-Decker Bus Tour
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Philly by Night Double-Decker Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
¥3,656
Per adult
Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass: 35+ Attractions & Tours
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Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass: 35+ Attractions & Tours

78% of travellers recommend
¥6,775
Per adult
National Constitution Center Tickets
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National Constitution Center Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
¥1,561
Per adult
Vampires, Sex, & Ghost Tour
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Vampires, Sex, & Ghost Tour

96% of travellers recommend
¥2,693
Per adult
Self-Guided Tour of the Betsy Ross House
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Self-Guided Tour of the Betsy Ross House

96% of travellers recommend
¥538
Per adult
Go Philadelphia Explorer: Choose 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions
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Go Philadelphia Explorer: Choose 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions

¥5,807
Per adult

Reviews of Philadelphia

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 45.096560048280026%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 40.570307785153894%
3 - Okay
793
3 - Okay 11.96439348219674%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.4031382015691007%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.9656004828002414%

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 22, 2020

Anytime you’re traveling in hotels in or around the Philadelphia area u should request,(when available, given the specific policies of each property) a wheelchair accessibility room.Most hotels have extras Of these rooms, enough that go unused often

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