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Philadelphia
Travel Guide

Home of the famous cheesesteak, the City of Brotherly Love is rich in American history and culture. 

In July 1776 the Liberty Bell rang out across Philadelphia and crowds gathered to hear the Declaration of Independence read in public for the first time. Eleven years later on September 17, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention again gathered in the city to sign the constitution in what is now known as Independence Hall. Today, Philadelphia enjoys the distinction of being steeped in history and on the cutting edge of culture and entertainment.

The city is enduringly marked from the days when historic figures such as Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson walked its streets. There are dozens of heritage sites in the Independence National Historical Park including the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. Explore the National Constitution Center where interactive exhibits focus on the important people and moments in those formative years.

History is celebrated in Philadelphia, but the city is certainly not stuck in the past. Gaze at some of the 227,000 objects housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy a night out in a stylish Downtown bar or with the orchestra at the Kimmel Center in West Philadelphia. The city is also a center for cultural events, including an ever-changing program of special exhibits at Philadelphia’s African American Museum.

South Street, the Delaware River, the Schuylkill River and Vine Street bind the Central City area, or Downtown. Downtown is where you can try a Dutch shoofly pie at the Reading Terminal Market or a Philly cheesesteak at Geno’s. More than a simple lunch, a cheesesteak is a cultural experience unique to Philadelphia and everyone has an opinion on who serves them up best. Continue your foodie adventure at the Italian Market.

Families will enjoy visiting the Philadelphia Zoo. This is the oldest zoo in America, with 42 acres (17 hectares) of Victorian gardens and more than 1,000 animals. Nearby, let the kids run loose and explore the extensive displays at the Please Touch Museum.

When fresh air beckons retreat to the Morris Arboretum where there’s more than 13,000 labeled plants. Take a bike ride along the snaking Schuylkill River in the world’s largest city park, Fairmount Park.

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Top Hotels in Philadelphia

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
4.5 out of 5
120 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $160 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Center City, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Walnut Street, Rittenhouse Square, and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Reading ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,381 reviews)

"Friendly, accommodating staff and clean, well-appointed room in the heart of the city. They seemed to follow appropriate safety protocols. But some minor wear and tear showing and took 50 minutes for valet to get car."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2021

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
One Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $150 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Center City, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Academy of Natural Sciences, City Hall, and Walnut Street. Pennsylvania Convention Center ...

4.4/5Excellent! (925 reviews)

"I booked a room for my husband's birthday and was thrilled to find a wrap-around balcony and fantastic view of the Oval. We also brought our 5-lb pom, who was greeted warmly by the very friendly woman at the front desk. Great stay in our backyard. Will return! The fitness center was open by reservation ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2021

The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
4 out of 5
1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $215 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Center City, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Reading Terminal Market, Pennsylvania Convention Center, and City Hall. Jefferson University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,656 reviews)

"If I received VIP benefits, I am not aware, I'm not sure what those may have been, and that was not acknowledged. The main thing is that the in-room coffee capabilities were nice but not accompanied by real cream capsules, only powder-based nondairy low quality creamer. I was able to obtain real ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Philadelphia

ROOST East Market
ROOST East Market
4 out of 5
1199 Ludlow Street, Philadelphia, PA
The price is CA $212 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Located in Center City, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Walnut Street, Reading Terminal Market, and Pennsylvania Convention Center. Jefferson University ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (218 reviews)

"If you are staying for a few nights in Philly and like a place that has security and tons of amenities try ROOST East Market!! It is also centrally located, only a block from Reading Terminal Market, and a few blocks from shopping. The rooms are a great size with full kitchens, a serious perk during ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2021

ROOST East Market
UrHomeInPhilly- 1955 Rittenhouse
UrHomeInPhilly- 1955 Rittenhouse
3.5 out of 5
1955 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA

Located in Center City, this apartment building is steps from Rittenhouse Square and Walnut Street. University of Pennsylvania and Mutter Museum are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (54 reviews)

"This was just a perfect apartment- spacious, spotless and centrally located in the most beautiful part of Philly, Rittenhouse Square. It's located on a very quite street one block from the square, with all very high end shopping. There is a 7-11 across the street for basics and grocery stores nearby, ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2020

UrHomeInPhilly- 1955 Rittenhouse
Staybridge Suites Montgomeryville
Staybridge Suites Montgomeryville
3 out of 5
119 Garden Golf Blvd, North Wales, PA
The price is CA $138 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

Situated in North Wales, this aparthotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Fresenius Medical Care at Abington Health Lansdale Hospital and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Abington ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (588 reviews)
Awesome stay

"Really great stay meeting with with college friends. The staff was super friendly and were even able to check in two hours early. Which was a blessing. The continental breakfast was good and covid friendly. Wish we could've used the bonfire outin the Courtyard but some was having a birthday event ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

Staybridge Suites Montgomeryville
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Mar 18, 2020

Always look closely at your reservation they may change it without you knowing

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 1, 2020

LOVED Philadelphia!

3/5 - Okay

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Nov 22, 2019

Again, I find the fact that I’m harassed to do surveys makes me want to avoid the network.

4/5 - Good

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Nov 8, 2019

Beautiful nature, fabulous old trees and architecture; downtown also beautiful. Didn’t care for the fast drivers beeping each other.

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 5, 2019

Really great city. Lots to do. Great food. Very walkable.

4/5 - Good

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Nov 3, 2019

Philadelphia has lots of craft breweries and street art to enjoy. The sports culture in the city is remarkable. The Rocky steps and the monument was very cool to see.

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