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.

Where to stay in Philadelphia

Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia
Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia
4 out of 5
1628 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
The price is $143 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,343 reviews)
"The rooms were cozy and quiet. The hotel is conveniently located in the center of Philly, within walking distance of a lot of locations."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia
The Windsor Suites
The Windsor Suites
4 out of 5
1700 Ben Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
The price is $191 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,419 reviews)
"Staff was very helpful"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

The Windsor Suites
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
4.5 out of 5
120 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
The price is $188 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,649 reviews)
"We love this hotel! Mainly because the people are so amazing. However it is a bit dated, needs a renovation big time. But everything is kept clean and in working order. We didn’t love the location, only because there was a big traffic back up and there is constant honking on the street that could ..."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Sofitel Philadelphia at 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 The Witherspoon
Sonder The Witherspoon
3.5 out of 5
130 South Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
The price is $111 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, concierge services, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (203 reviews)
"The room was as expected, everything in order. The area outside was a bit... grungy. I am staying 3 weeks at the Art Museum location starting Monday 5/23 - hoping for a better area around the facility. I will be working around the country and hope to establish a relationship with a hotel. I booked ..."

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Sonder The Witherspoon
Sonder at Sixteen Hundred
Sonder at Sixteen Hundred
3.5 out of 5
1600 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19130
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the comfy ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (275 reviews)
"The property was within walking distance of central Philadelphia. The room itself was spacious, clean and comfortable with a suprisingly extensive kitchen avaliable. The gym had basic equipment."

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Sonder at Sixteen Hundred
Sonder at The Terrace
Sonder at The Terrace
3.5 out of 5
1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Rittenhouse ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (14 reviews)
"keying the codes was confusing. There were 2 displays at the door of the elevator, and often I didn't notice that my floor was displayed on the other display, instead of the display facing me"

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Sonder at The Terrace
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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