Almost 40 million visitors come to Philadelphia each year to see important sites of U.S. history and locations made famous by a popular movie franchise.
Celebrate America’s independence in the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. History buffs and families alike are in for a special treat with iconic landmarks, such as the Liberty Bell, which first served to call the Assembly to meetings. Today, it stands as a national symbol of freedom. Another must stop is Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and later would gather to write the U.S. Constitution.
Philadelphia was founded as the city of “brotherly love” in the late 1600s by William Penn for Quakers seeking a land without religious persecution. Visit this historic city to explore important sites from the early days of the United States as well as modern pop culture.
Stop at the Reading Terminal Market for fresh foods in the same indoor structure where the market started in 1892. The Franklin Institute offers hands-on science and technology education in 11 permanent galleries, carrying on the learning and discovery approach of famed hometown hero, Benjamin Franklin, scientist and statesman. See more than 1,300 animals at the Philadelphia Zoo, the first zoo established in the U.S.
The city has many other cultural attractions besides its historical treasures. Put on your gray sweatshirt and jog around Philadelphia and run up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art just like Sylvester Stallone did in the film Rocky and its many sequels. Step inside for art ranging from collections featured in the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 to exceptional modern works in over 200 galleries.
Head to south Philadelphia to see the Eagles play football. Alternatively watch the game at a neighborhood bar just about anywhere in the city while enjoying a classic Philly cheese steak and a Yuengling beer made in nearby Pottsville or one of the area’s craft breweries.
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