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Philadelphia, PA
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Almost 40 million visitors come to this Pennsylvania city each year to see important sites of U.S. history and locations made famous by a popular movie franchise.

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.

Independence National Historical Park holds Independence Hall, where John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Nearby, see the recognizable crack and important message of the Liberty Bell: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.”

The Eastern State Penitentiary is an unlikely but very popular tourist stop. Examine the unique solitary prison design and look for the cell where Al Capone was held. 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 along the Schuylkill River just like Sylvester Stallone did in the film Rocky and its many sequels. Hum Gonna Fly Now as you run up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Step inside for art ranging from collections featured in the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 to exceptional modern works in over 200 galleries. The Barnes Foundation has a superb collection of post-impressionist and early modern works.

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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Where to stay in Philadelphia

Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia
Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia
4 out of 5
1628 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
The price is $109 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Center City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Walnut Street, Rittenhouse Square, and City Hall. Reading Terminal Market and Pennsylvania Convention ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,135 reviews)
"Very convenient to surrounding sites, but disappointed that no amenities were available at hotel, due to covid restrictions. Would stay again."

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Club Quarters Hotel 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 $152 per night from May 12 to May 12
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! (1,465 reviews)
"Location is great"

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
4 out of 5
220 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
The price is $131 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Center City, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Walnut Street and Rittenhouse Square. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,212 reviews)
"Check in was quick & easy, room was comfortable and I enjoyed my stay. Only minor annoyances were one of free water bottles was open (I dumped it) and the hallway by the elevator smelled of "the devil's lettuce." My room was located away from the elevator so didn't bother me. I left my Apple watch ..."

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
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.
Sonder - Sixteen Hundred
Sonder - Sixteen Hundred
3.5 out of 5
1600 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA
Located in Center City, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Barnes Foundation, Pennsylvania Convention Center, and Reading Terminal Market. City Hall ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (210 reviews)
"Awesome property! Awesome stay! Will definitely return,"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

Sonder - Sixteen Hundred
Sonder - The Heid
Sonder - The Heid
3.5 out of 5
325 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Located in Center City, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Pennsylvania Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market. Liberty Bell Center ...
4/5Very Good! (37 reviews)
"close to museums, bike accessible, close to reading terminal market"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Sonder - The Heid
TheU-BnB
TheU-BnB
3.5 out of 5
1128 S 47th St, Philadelphia, PA
Located in West Philadelphia, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania. Children's ...
3.9/5Very Good! (51 reviews)
Comfortable and Interesting Layout
"This is perfect for a Philly getaway for two. It's very spacious, fully equipped duplex. I did not mind the stairs at all either! Had a fun time."

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

TheU-BnB
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.

Getting around Philadelphia

Explore Philadelphia’s historic center on foot if you can, as there is no better way to discover this charming part of the city. To reach other areas of the city, catch one of the SEPTA buses that follow routes leading through the city center and into neighborhoods further out. Alternatively, see the main sights in one go with an open-top Big Bus tour. Taxis and car rental are also readily available. Visit the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority website.Browse Philadelphia rental cars.

Best time to visit

In Philadelphia, temperatures shoot up in the summer, as do room prices, as this is the city’s peak tourist season. Save yourself some money and avoid the heat by visiting in spring or fall, when the weather is much more moderate, though still sunny and warm. One particularly good reason to book your visit for spring is to see the colorful cherry blossoms that brightens up the city each year.

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Reviews of Philadelphia

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Jun 6, 2020

This is the City of Brotherly Love

3/5 - Okay

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Jun 1, 2020

The city was shut down

5/5 - Excellent

Kimberly

May 24, 2020

Born and raised in Philadelphia i love it. A very historical place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 12, 2020

Great and pleasurable!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2020

You would think the staff would be more accommodating considering what's going on. Total waste of money and time. Could've went somewhere different and gotten better service

4/5 - Good

MaChérie

Apr 23, 2020

Center city is adorable

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