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  • Top Things to Do in Philadelphia

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

  • Top Experiences in Philadelphia

    Exciting, outside-the-textbook presentations of our nation's history abound in Philadelphia, and can be a great way to get kids and history-phobes... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • Philadelphia with Kids

    Philadelphia has fantastic activities and sights for tots. Best of all, these stops appeal to adults as well.... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • Philly Books and Movies

    The classic Philadelphia film is still Rocky (1976), and fans still run up the Art Museum steps every day. Rocky Balboa (2006) is like a love... Read more

  • 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 contemporary... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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 best... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • Philadelphia Flower Show

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

  • Philly's Late Night Eats

    Greasy spoons abound in Philly. Try one of these late-night haunts after a night of carousing.... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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. Perhaps... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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 national... Read more

  • 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... Read more

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