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Philadelphia Travel Guide

Philadelphia Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Philadelphia? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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Philly's Best BYOBs

The scarcity and high cost of liquor licenses available to Pennsylvania restaurateurs combined with the absence of a law prohibiting patrons...

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Lippincott Legacy

Joshua B. Lippincott, a descendent of Quakers, founded J.B. Lippincott & Co. in Philadelphia in 1836, selling a line of Bibles, prayer books...

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Where to Refuel Around Town

For those times when all you want is a quick bite—and you just can't face another cheesesteak or slice of pizza—consider these alternatives...

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Philadelphia Cheesesteaks

Philly's best-known culinary creation is simple in theory but complex in the details of its execution. Begin with the basic hoagie roll, which...

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Side Trip Along the Main Line

In March 1823 the Pennsylvania legislature passed a charter for the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the state's first railroad, linking...

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The Best Brunch in Philadelphia

Just as Philadelphians are famous for their disputes over who makes the best cheesesteak, the best hoagie roll, the best water ice, and the...

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Philly's Music History

Philly holds a special place in pop music history. American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, began here as a local dance show. When it went...

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Philly's Late Night Eats

Greasy spoons abound in Philly. Try one of these late-night haunts after a night of carousing. South Street Ishkabibble's. If you don't...

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Philly Antiques Shopping Walk

Philadelphia makes the old new again with its plethora of antiques shops. Take a stroll through Center City and Rittenhouse Square for a good...

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Philly Art and Crafts Galleries Walk

Philadelphia is an excellent hunting ground for arts and crafts, particularly in Rittenhouse Square. Begin downtown, with Chestnut and Walnut...

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Philly's Top Spas

Some may call spa-going a sport, but most likely it's where you'll want to be after a workout. Luckily, Philadelphia has no shortage of trendy...

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Philadelphia's Other Legacy: Boxing

Ask a lot of people what they know about Philadelphia, and after a brief mention of the Liberty Bell, they'll probably bring up the boxing epic...

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Philly's Free Arts Festivals

One of the sizable perks of visiting a large metropolitan center is the proliferation of free cultural events throughout the year, and Philly...

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A Drive Around Fairmount Park

Your visit can start where the park began, at Faire Mount. Begin this outing with a walk before you set off by car. Park behind the art museum...

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The Life of Benjamin Franklin

Unlike the bronze statue of William Penn perched atop City Hall, a marble likeness of Benjamin Franklin is within The Franklin Institute. ...

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Philadelphia with Kids

Philadelphia has fantastic activities and sights for tots. Best of all, these stops appeal to adults as well. Historic Area The Betsy Ross...

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A Gut-Busting Walk Through South Philly

The Italian Market in South Philadelphia is a local treasure. Generations of Italian families and newcomers shop at this bustling indoor–outdoor...

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Free Things to Do in Philadelphia

Many of Philadelphia's most historic and best-known attractions are free—or suggest a small donation for admission—every day. This lengthy list...

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The Pennsylvania Dutch

The country's largest and oldest settlement of Plain people—more than 85,000 people in more than 41 Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren sects—makes...

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Top Experiences in Philadelphia

Let History Entertain You Exciting, outside-the-textbook presentations of our nation's history abound in Philadelphia, and can be a great way...

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What the Locals Do in Philadelphia

Take a trip off the tourist track and become a Philadelphian for a day. These locals-only experiences will help you fully embrace the city of...

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Philly Books and Movies

Fiction Journalist Steve Lopez (best known for The Soloist ) set his hard-edged novel Third and Indiana in the less-than-friendly parts...

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U.S. History Walking Tour

The best place to orient yourself is at the Independence Visitor Center on 6th Street between Market and Arch. A block to the north are the...

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William Penn and His Legacy

William Penn was a rebel with a cause. Born in London in 1644 into a nobleman's family, he attended Oxford University, studied law, and tried...

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A Walk Through Old City

Begin at 2nd and Market streets, the location of the impressive Christ Church , attended by George and Martha Washington, among other notables...

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Top Things to Do in Philadelphia

Liberty Bell One of the country's most powerful symbols of freedom, the bell, replete with famous crack, now sits in its own dedicated center...

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Philadelphia's History

William Penn founded the city in 1682, and chose to name it Philadelphia—Greek for "brotherly love"—after an ancient Syrian city, site of one...

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Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show. It takes one week; 7,000 Belgian blocks; 3,500 volunteers; thousands of plumbers, carpenters, and electricians; more...

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Visiting Independence National Historical Park

Your first stop should be the Independence Visitor Center, where you can buy tickets for tours and pick up maps and brochures. From here you...

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