Without any doubt, United States attracts tourists more than any other country in the world. The reason is obvious, its unique culture, advanced technology, fashion, liberty and freedom, wonderful government ideas, humorous and smiley people and many other qualities are world famous. The most artistic city in United States is Philadelphia which is the largest city of Pennsylvania State and fifth most populous city in United States. Philadelphia is located at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers in southeastern Pennsylvania. This exciting city offers a lot of tourist attractions and exotic cuisine for its visitors.
The climate in Philadelphia is moderated by Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean that eliminate extremes of hot and cold temperature. Ocean air brings high humidity in the city during the summer months. In the northern suburbs of the city, snowfall is quite usual and snow often turns into rain. Fast winds blow sometimes during winter season. Best time to visit Philadelphia is from March to July when the weather is usually good and the humidity is gone.
How to get here?
Philadelphia International Airport is just 7 miles from the city center and served by all major domestic airlines. You can easily get a taxi outside airport and reach the city center in around $25. Bus service is also excellent to and from Philadelphia as it receives daily arrivals from all parts of the country. Philadelphia is just two hours from New York City, 90 minutes from Baltimore and three hours from Washington D. C. which means that you can easily get to Philadelphia by your own vehicle.
Accommodation and Food
Philadelphia has abundance of hotels and has experienced a great hotel boom in the past two decades. You will find every accommodation from five star hotels and boutique hotels to family friendly suites and B&BS. Some popular hotels in Philadelphia are participants in “Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package”, by which you can get two consecutive nights at these hotels at concessional rates. In budget hotels, The Independent Hotel, AKA Rittenhouse Square, Best Western Independence Park hotel, Sofitel Philadelphia and Rittenhouse 1715 are good options. There are also more than 100 B&Bs throughout the city region that satisfy all type of tastes.
Philadelphia’s most famous dish is Cheese steak and you will find it almost everywhere. However, there are a lot of restaurants, bars, café and street food corners around the city. One of the best is Ela which is a venture of Chef Chip Roman offering great pork belly, broccoli rabe and pears with cocktails. There are Chifa, Pod, Morimoto, Han Dynasty Sang Kee Noodle House that offer delicious Asian Food. Fried Chicken of Federal Donuts is also quite famous. You can also enjoy Roast pork and roast duck noodle soup at Sang Kee or Tacos at Taqueria La Veracruzana. You will find all the varieties of food you are looking for in Philadelphia.
The Independence Hall
The Independence Hall can be classified as the most important historic landmark in the United States as it is the birthplace of the declaration and Independence and the Constitution of United States. It is located at the center of Independence National Historical Park on Chestnut Street of Philadelphia. The Hall remains opened all year round but opening hours vary according to season. The entry is free and you can collect walk up tickets at the Independence Visitor Center on the day of your visit.
The Liberty Bell
As the name suggests, The Liberty Bell, located on Market Street of Philadelphia, is the symbol of American independence. It is a huge bell made of bronze and was originally cast in 1752 in London, England. It was commissioned for the Pennsylvania State House which is also known as the Independence Hall.
There is a crack in the bell which is quite famous. The bell was cracked during a test ringing and then, it was melted down and more copper was added to the metal to make it stronger and then it was recast. But on July 8, 1835, the bell cracked again when it was being rung in the funeral of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. This 24.5 inches long crack is still intact.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Benjamin Franklin Parkway is one of the most famous streets of the United States, named after Benjamin Franklin who was one of the Founding Fathers of United States and was considered as “the First American”. The Parkway starts from the City Hall and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and between these two points you will find a lot of books which are almost 4000 years old, 120 sculptures by Auguste Rodin and America’s most historic prison.
Philadelphia Zoo is home to more than 1300 animals and many of them are quite rare. The zoo covers a total area of 42 acre and considered as America’s first Zoo. Biggest Attractions are Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and many others. The zoo is located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia and almost 1.2 million visitors come here every year.
Please Touch Museum
The Please Touch Museum is a museum for children, located at Avenue of the Republic in the Centennial District of Philadelphia. It was built in 1876 for the Centennial Exhibition celebrating the country’s 100th birthday and today it attracts more than two million visitors every year. The museum plays a great role in creating learning opportunities through play, hands on learning and cultural awareness. There are six exhibit zones across the area of 157000 square feet along with four areas mainly designed for children of 3 years and less.
There are many other fabulous places to visit in Philadelphia to explore. So, plan a trip to Philadelphia and take an unforgettable experience with you.