Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia

Dis­cover Amer­ica’s spirit in the city where it be­gan, with abun­dant his­tor­i­cal land­marks, mu­se­ums, cul­tural at­trac­tions, restau­rants, shops and more

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The 'Amer­i­can Dream' was born in Philadel­phia, with the city play­ing a piv­otal role in the devel­op­ment of a new na­tion founded on the prin­ci­ples of life, lib­erty and the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness.

With more his­toric build­ings from the colo­nial and fed­eral pe­ri­ods of Amer­i­can his­tory than any­where else in the United States, many of Philadel­phia’s orig­i­nal struc­tures have been pre­served. Philadel­phia also has top-notch art mu­se­ums, cul­tural of­fer­ings, tax-free shop­ping, award-win­ning restau­rants and out­door art, and it is home to the largest and first city-owned ur­ban park sys­tem in the world.

In 2015, Philadel­phia earned the dis­tinc­tion of the first World Her­itage City in the U.S., join­ing an elite net­work of global cities. Read on to learn why Philadel­phia con­sis­tently ranks as one of the best places to visit in the U.S.

NA­TIONAL TREA­SURES

In­de­pen­dence Hall, a UNSECO World Her­itage Site, is the build­ing where the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence and United States Con­sti­tu­tion were de­bated and adopted. Nearby is Car­pen­ter’s Hall, meet­ing place of the First Con­ti­nen­tal Congress in 1774. Lib­erty Bell, the sym­bol of Amer­i­can in­de­pen­dence that cracked when rung upon ar­rival in Philadel­phia, was once lo­cated in the steeple of In­de­pen­dence Hall. While in the area, stroll through El­freth’s Al­ley, the old­est con­tin­u­ously in­hab­ited street in Amer­ica – one of Philadel­phia’s most In­sta­gram-wor­thy spots.

EX­PLORE THE OUT­DOORS

Tra­verse Fair­mount Park, the city’s 9,000-acre park sys­tem with 215 miles of recre­ation trails. The first botan­i­cal gar­den, Bar­tram’s Gar­den, spans over 45 acres along the Schuylkill River. The Philadel­phia Zoo, the na­tion’s first, is now home to Zoo360, a se­ries of el­e­vated mesh trails through­out the zoo that al­low the an­i­mals to roam around the park.

ARTS AND CUL­TURE

The first and old­est art mu­seum and art school in the U.S., the Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of the Fine Arts was founded in 1805 by Charles Wil­son Peale and houses a renowned col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can paint­ings from the 1760s to the present.

Visit the Ben­jamin Franklin Park­way, also known as Philadel­phia’s mu­seum dis­trict, to ex­plore the Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art, with its out­stand­ing col­lec­tion of im­pres­sion­ist and post-im­pres­sion­ist paint­ings, in­clud­ing the largest col­lec­tion of Mar­cel Duchamp’s art­work in the world. Exit the east en­trance of the mu­seum to the steps made fa­mous by Philadel­phia’s beloved fic­tional son, Rocky Bal­boa, whose statue stands tall on the edge of the mu­seum’s grounds.

“The old­est art mu­seum and art school in the

U.S., the Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of the Fine Arts was founded in 1805 and houses a renowned col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can paint­ings from the 1760s to the present”

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