Philadelphia, PA - For those who live overseas, the idea of traveling to the United States for a vacation might instinctively gravitate to the glitz and glamor of Los Angeles, the theme parks of Orlando, or the eastern metropolis of New York, not least because these are excellent locations and very well-known tourist hubs, but there are a great many other locations to consider.
One location that may not have occurred to, but is nonetheless a hugely rewarding option for an upcoming holiday is the city of Philadelphia. Year after year, the city is enjoying more and more tourist interest, and once you visit, it’s easy to see why.
Philadelphia is only 90 or so miles from New York and, as such, is seen as a potential day trip to take for those who have ventured to the Big Apple, but it’s very much more deserving of a more extended stay.
It’s a historically relevant city and one that has a great deal to offer tourists on many different levels and caters to all budgets and traveling types. Let’s take a closer look at the seven awesome things that Philly has to offer you.
Often when you think about history, you don’t necessarily consider the United States as being as rich in this area as other areas around the globe. This is perhaps unfair but understandable given the relative age of the independent nation, but Philadelphia is certainly a place that is bountiful in this department.
Philadelphia was founded in 1682, and a lot of the city still has architecture dating back to the 18th century, more so than much of the United States. In the more residential areas, this is clear to see, especially on the more narrow thoroughfares in south Philadelphia, which bring with them a certain charm.
The quality of food available in Philadelphia is truly off the charts. All tastes and varieties are covered, and it’s a real vegan hub for those of that particular dietary regime. Philly is great for those of varying budgets, so whether you want to find a cozy soul food joint or are pulled more in the direction of upscale restaurants with fine restaurant furniture and stunning design, all options are catered for here.
Obviously, you’ll want to get your hands on a classic Philly cheesesteak or two, and don’t be surprised if you are given multiple recommendations in this area, be prepared to gorge yourself to the max.
Clearly, Philadelphia is a hugely important part of the history of the United States, and there are plenty of landmarks to take in on your vacation. Obviously, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are must-visit locations; then there’s the Museum of the American Revolution and the National Constitution Center.
What is a massive plus is the fact that many of these sites are very close together, and on the whole, Philadelphia is a much more manageable tourist beast than the likes of New York and Los Angeles.
As well as the many historically associated landmarks, there are more than a few modern vistas and iconic sights to see in Philadelphia. These would undoubtedly include the Rocky steps, i.e., those that Sylvester Stallone runs up during his Oscar-winning classic movie, as well as a bronze statue of Rocky himself.
Plus, there’s the famous LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana, perfect for those Instagram-worthy shots.
There are plenty of options in this regard, and the cream of the crop comes in the form of the famous Reading Terminal Market, which is one of the oldest farmers' markets in the country. It’s over 100 years old and a tourist destination that really delivers the goods.
You can enjoy a whole host of cuisine options here, and you should set aside a full day to get the most out of the experience.
If you are partial to a beer or two, then Philadelphia has you covered. Beer gardens are hugely popular here, and there are plenty to try out. Options are dotted all around the city, and if you can combine a trip to these off the back of a more ‘culturally’ based day sightseeing, then you’ll have more than earned a drink.
Small and Perfectly Formed
Philadelphia is a city that is infinitely walkable. It’s easy to get around with public transport if you wish but generally speaking, it’s a place that is very suitable for those who just want to take a stroll and invariably you’ll find yourself somewhere significant and worthwhile.
It’s much more manageable than other big cities and less overpowering in terms of its size and demeanor than many prominent American places where tourists congregate.
If you are a sports buff, then a visit to Philadelphia has many strings to its bow. Check out the Philadelphia Eagles, who are motoring along right now, or the Philadelphia Phillies if baseball is more your scene, or consider taking a visit to the Wells Fargo Center and see who the Philadelphia 76ers are taking on in their latest NBA encounter.
It’s very much a city that loves sports and can cater to your needs if that is going to be a primary motivation for any potential vacation.
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This is the tip of the tourist iceberg when it comes to things to see and do in Philadelphia, and we highly recommend you consider the city of brotherly love when you plan your next stateside vacation.