Philadelphia is known for its wealth of Colonial treasures, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and many others, but the City of Brotherly Love has plenty more to do and see. Explore its many museums, take a bike ride along the Schuylkill River and dine in its farm-to-table restaurants helmed by creative young local chefs – and, of course, you can’t leave town without trying a Philly cheesesteak.
The centrally located Independence Hall is great place to kick off your visit. Take a tour of this historic redbrick building, which is the birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
Other Revolutionary-era sites of note include the Liberty Bell, with its famous crack, and the Betsy Ross House, where the first American flag – commissioned by George Washington – was supposedly sewn.
Wander amid the Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins paintings in the American Art gallery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art – and be sure to snap a selfie on the famous “Rocky” steps.
Housed in a spectacular contemporary building, the Barnes Foundation is known for its world-class collection of Renoirs, Cezannes and other impressionist masterpieces.
Take a guided bike tour around town with the Philly Bike Tour Company. One of the most popular offerings is its two-hour River Loop Tour, which takes riders along the Schuylkill River Trail.
One of Philly’s unique experiences is to take a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary, an imposing castle-like former prison that once counted Al Capone as an inmate. But beware – it’s reportedly haunted!
Have a drink and a bite to eat in City Tavern, which dates back to 1773. It sells craft ales from Yards Brewing Company, including George Washington’s Tavern Porter and Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Ale.
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