Fabulous Philadelphia remains something of a well-kept secret. This scintillating city is one of the oldest in the United States and the nation’s sixth largest. The heart of Philadelphia is home to some famous landmarks including the impressive City Hall, Reading Terminal Market and the colourful Friendship Gate which marks the entrance to Chinatown. Also, a must visit is the Historic Waterfront District with its charming courtyards and brick-paved pathways encompassing the stylish Society Hill area.

Learn more about the making of the first American flag at the Betsy Ross House, visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Philadelphia’s Museum of Art which sits at the top of the steps made famous in the ‘Rocky’ movies.

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Visit the Liberty Bell – A symbol of freedom, the famed Liberty Bell is synonymous with Philadelphia. The cracked bell is free to visit year-round and is found inside the Liberty Bell Center, which sits just across Chestnut Street from its former home at Independence Hall. Inside the Center, you’ll find exhibits highlighting the bell’s history, as well as written information.

Tour Independence Hall – Transport yourself back to 1776 with a tour of Independence Hall and step foot into the Assembly Room, where the Founding Father’s debated, adopted, and signed the Declaration of Independence and later the U.S. Constitution. The tour reveals interesting details about the building’s history and architecture, as well as insightful tales about the Framers of the nation shared by national park rangers.


Run the Rocky Steps – As made famous by an inspirational training montage in the 1976 film, Rocky, the 72 steps that lead to the eastern entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are now at the top of anyone’s Philadelphia to-do list. Thousands of visitors flock to the steps each day to race their way to the top and strike their best “Rocky pose ” at the spot where he stood – arms held high with the city skyline serving as the ultimate backdrop. 

Walk through the Italian Market – You’ll find the nation’s oldest open-air marketplace, the Italian Market, along 9th Street in South Philadelphia. Another location for Rocky’s training run, the market is home to dozens of produce vendors, butchers, cheese connoisseurs, and restaurants. The cuisine offered throughout the Market extends far beyond what its name implies, with Asian and Latin American menus becoming more prevalent as the cultural identity of the surrounding neighborhood continues to change.


Snap a selfie at LOVE Park – Installed in John F. Kennedy Plaza – now affectionately referred to as LOVE Park – for the nation’s Bicentennial celebration in 1976, Robert Indiana’s now-iconic LOVE sculpture is arguably one of Philadelphia’s most photo-worthy pieces of public art. Visitors and locals alike can be seen posing for a photo in front of the artwork, which marks the beginning of Philadelphia’s Museum Mile, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Explore the museums along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – Known as Philadelphia’s Museum Mile, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is home to many of the city’s most coveted institutions. It is here that you can study science at The Franklin Institute or learn about dinosaurs and natural history at the Academy of Natural Sciences – the first natural sciences institution in the Americas. There is also the Barnes Foundation – home to the world’s greatest collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modernist paintings – and the Rodin Museum, featuring one of the largest collections of Auguste Rodin’s work outside of Paris. Capping the western end of the Parkway is the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, whose 200 galleries (with more on the way) are filled with artwork from around the world spanning 2,000 years.


Sink your teeth into a true Philadelphia cheesesteak – Philadelphia is a renowned food town, with award-winning chefs and restaurants found in nearly every neighborhood throughout the city, but one dish is consistently at the top of every visitor’s must-try list: the cheesesteak. Though popular shops like Pat’s King of Steaks, Geno’s Steaks, and Jim’s on South Street draw long lines and international attention, local favorites are also worth exploring, such as Campo’s, Dalessandro’s, John’s Roast Pork, and Angelo’s.

Satisfy your cravings at the Reading Terminal Market – Opened in 1893, Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market is one of the oldest (and one of the best) farmer’s markets in the nation, and is home to nearly 80 vendors inside, including 26 restaurants. The Market’s vendors serve a wide range of cuisine, including Caribbean, Cajun, Greek, Japanese, and soul food favorites, as well as local flavors like the cheesesteak, pretzels, hoagies, and more. Not to be missed are the several stalls that specialize in traditional Pennsylvania Dutch recipes.


Immerse yourself in mosaics at the Magic Gardens – Encompassing three full city lots in South Philadelphia, artist Isaiah Zagar’s magical mosaic maze is one of Philadelphia’s most “Insta-worthy” attractions. Zagar’s largest work to date features an indoor gallery space and a sprawling, layered outdoor maze, with narrow pathways and hidden nooks lined with pieces of mirrors, ceramic tiles, and found objects ranging from bike wheels to soda bottles.

Admire some of the city’s best views – There are plenty of vantage points offering breathtaking views of the Philadelphia skyline from multiple angles. Catch the sunrise while perched high atop Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park, or watch the sun dip behind the Center City skyscrapers as you stroll along the Benjamin Franklin Bridge’s pedestrian walkway. Cheers to unforgettable happy hour views at Bok Bar, Assembly Rooftop Lounge, XIX Nineteen or JG SkyHigh, or take in waterfront views at Penn Treaty Park in the northeast or aboard the historic Battleship New Jersey just across the Delaware River.


Relax along the waterfronts – The city of Philadelphia is sandwiched between two rivers – the Delaware and the Schuylkill – with each offering their own waterfront experiences. On the eastern side of the city along the Delaware River, enjoy recreational piers and parks like Race Street Pier, Cherry Street Pier, Penn’s Landing, and Spruce Street Harbor Park, all soon to be connected by an improved waterfront trail system. To the west, the Schuylkill River Trail runs along the Schuylkill River and presents a walking, running, or biking path with ample lawn space perfect for riverside picnics.

Survey Boathouse Row (by day or night) – The beginning of Philadelphia’s 2,000+ acre Fairmount Park is marked by 15 beautiful and historic boathouses along the Schuylkill River. Home to the rowing clubs of various local universities, these houses are notably lined with bright LED lights that glow in the evenings and change colors to honor certain holidays. The best view of the boathouses is from the eastern-most end of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, where you’ll find a small platform perfect for admiring the landmark.

Philadelphia's Neighbourhoods

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods. Traverse the vibrant locales and immerse yourself in America’s Old and New World along picturesque and friendly streets lined with parks, rivers, shops, public art, restaurants, museums and much more.

Don’t miss the historic Italian Market in South Philadelphia, the nation’s most historic square mile in Old City, or the Friendship Gate, the entrance to Philadelphia’s Chinatown in the Convention Center District. Head to Old City to explore Philadelphia’s impressive heritage, walk along the vibrant waterfront, choose among the city’s many chef-driven restaurants that line both trendy and classic neighborhoods.

For a true local taste of Philadelphia, be sure to visit one of the city’s many farmers markets. At each, you will find meat and produce sourced from farms and orchards in Philadelphia’s surrounding counties in addition to crafts, art, and other delicacies made within the city.

Did you know?

  • Is the 6th largest city in the U.S. and 2nd largest on the East Coast.
  •  Is known as the birthplace of America and home to the Nation’s most historic square mile – Independence National Historical Park.
  • Is home to many “firsts” in the U.S. –  hospital, stock exchange, White House/Capital, university, mint, zoo, department store and diamond district.
  • Its Chinatown is one of the largest in the U.S.Fairmount Park is the nation’s largest municipal park (even bigger than New York’s Central Park).
  • Has more than 200 BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) style restaurants, 250 outdoor cafés and is home to more than 2,500 restaurants.
  • The region is home to more than 12 breweries.
  • King of Prussia Mall is the nation’s largest retail shopping complex & includes 7 department stores, 375 specialty stores and 50 restaurants and eateries.
  • Fourth of July festival is called Philadelphia’s Wawa Welcome America! and stages the nation’s largest free outdoor concert.
  • Is home to the world’s largest indoor flower show.
  • Will Smith, Kevin Bacon, Seth Green, Richard Gere, Peter Boyle and Kevin Eubanks are just some popular entertainers that were born here.
  • Has more public art than any other U.S. city.

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