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Why Go To Philadelphia

With its rich historical heritage, Philadelphia is one of the United States' most visited cities. After all, both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed here in Independence Hall. Renaissance man Benjamin Franklin once called this city home. And before Washington, D.C. usurped its role, Philadelphia served as the country's capital. Yet the city is far from being stuck in its glorious past. The Philly of today is filled with notable museums, a bumping nightlife, beloved sports teams and a thriving restaurant scene that encompasses more than just the ubiquitous cheesesteak. Not sure where to start your visit? Sign up for a guided tour and let a local show you around.

Rankings

The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.

Philadelphia is ranked as:

  • #1 in Best Places to Visit in Pennsylvania

  • #1 in Best Day Trips from New York City

  • #3 in Best Historical Cities to Visit in the USA

Best Things To Do In Philadelphia

History pervades Philadelphia's major attractions: America's Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence here in Independence Hall, and the city's Liberty Bell rang in 1776 to summon citizens for the first reading of the Declaration. Philly is also home to the green Fairmount Park and the bustling Rittenhouse Square. Noteworthy museums include the odd Mutter Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art with its remarkable collection of impressionist art. If you have limited time in the City of Brotherly Love and want to hit all the major attractions, consider signing up for a guided tour.

Philadelphia Travel Tips

  • Nice neighborhoods sidle not-so-nice ones - If you're planning on touring Philly by foot, make sure to carry a good map and be aware of your surroundings. 

  • America's birthday is crazy - Unless you want to be enveloped in the crowds, festivals, fireworks and overall madness that define July 4, steer clear of Independence Day.

  • Keep the car parked - Walking or hopping aboard a trolley are much less stressful ways of touring the city.

  • Cash in on the free attractions - Several of the most popular attractions, like the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall and Rittenhouse Square are absolutely free to tour. And for those that aren't, you can nab some impressive discounts by purchasing the Philadelphia Pass or Philadelphia CityPASS.

  • Head to the theater for free or discounted tickets - The Kimmel Center offers a series of free shows, and the Walnut Street Theatre often offers $35 standby tickets for same-day shows.

  • Buy a SEPTA family pass - If you're planning to rely on Philadelphia's public transportation system and you're traveling with a family, consider the SEPTA family pass. The $30 pass covers unlimited, one-day travel throughout SEPTA's system for up to five family members.

*SOURCE: Information From This Page Can Be Found at U.S. News & World Report