Philadelphia is historically very rich, for example, the United States declaration of independence was signed here.
Things to See and Do
Before setting off to discover the city, we recommend stopping at the Independence Visitor Center on Market Street in Philadelphia. Here, you will be given lots of useful information on the city.
These are some of the most essential visits:
- Independence National Historic Park: Here you’ll find the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall, where the declaration of independence was signed. You’ll have to get the ticket at the Independence Visitor Center to visit this hall, (its free and quickly sells out, so we recommend going bright and early).
- Franklin Court: Benjamin Franklin is probably Philadelphia’s most famous citizen and Franklin Court is where Benjamin Franklin’s house was.
- Old City: You’ll find several interesting visits along Arch Street: Elfreth's Alley, the oldest street in the U.S., Betsey Ross’ house, designer of the flag of the United States, U.S. Mint, where the dollars are printed, (the visit is free). The National Constitution Center and the Federal Reserve, with exhibitions on the economy.
- Reading Terminal Market: A pretty little covered market where you can buy top quality delicacies. Several stands are owned by the Amish. This is a good place to try the classic Philly cheesesteak, a meat and cheese sandwich typical of Philadelphia.
- Philadephia Museum of Art: In a magnificent building, this museum is known worldwide thanks to the Rocky films. Every day, thousands of tourists walk up the 99 steps that became famous in the 1976 film. At the bottom of the stairs there is a statue of Rocky.
Other interesting attractions include the Library Hall (that includes a copy of the declaration of Independence and the first edition of the Origin of Species by Darwin), the Rodin Museum (with a large collection of works by Auguste Rodin) and lastly, the National Constitution Center (museum dedicated to the United States constitution).
How to Get to Philadelphia from NYC
- Book an excursion: Our day trip to Philadelphia and Lancaster county to see how the Amish live is $169 per person and includes a pick up at your hotel and tour guide during the whole day.
- Going by yourself: A return train ticket costs around $90 (Amtrak from Penn Station) or $20 by bus (several companies do this route).
- Renting a car: Renting a car is an interesting option if you want to use it for several days, if not, it is cheaper and easier to take the bus.
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