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PhiladelphiaUnited States of America

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

Liberty Bell Center featuring heritage architecture, a monument and a city

Center City

4.5/5Wonderful!(6,255 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Center City. Check out top attractions like Reading Terminal Market and Liberty Bell Center, and jump on the metro at 11th St Station or 13th St. Station to see more of the city.

Center City
The facade.

University City

4.5/5Wonderful!(407 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Franklin Field while getting to know University City, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at 40th St. Station or 34th St. Station to see more of the area.

University City
Independence National Historical Park

Old City

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Old City. Top attractions like Penn's Landing and Independence National Historical Park are major draws, and you can catch the metro at 2nd St. Station or 5th St. Station to see more of the city.

Old City
Bella Vista which includes street scenes and markets

South Philadelphia

3/5(487 area reviews)

Travelers choose South Philadelphia for its live music. Hop aboard the metro at Oregon Station or Snyder Station and check out top sights like Citizens Bank Park.

South Philadelphia
Fairmount Park which includes skyline, a lake or waterhole and heritage architecture

West Philadelphia

4/5Very Good!(329 area reviews)

Noted for its art galleries and museums, there's plenty to explore in West Philadelphia. Top attractions like Please Touch Museum and Philadelphia Zoo are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at 52nd St. Station or 56th St. Station to see more of the city.

West Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art showing art and interior views as well as a small group of people

North Philadelphia

4/5Very Good!(66 area reviews)

North Philadelphia is a destination travelers like for its historic sites, and you might hop aboard the metro at Erie Station or Allegheny Station to explore sights like Eastern State Penitentiary.

North Philadelphia

Top Hotels in Philadelphia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
3.5 out of 5
201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
The price is $125 per night

Located in Center City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ben Franklin National Memorial and Reading Terminal Market. Philadelphia Museum of Art and University ...

3.8/5Good! (24 reviews)

"Great, clean, well put together property. We had an amazing time."…"

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
3.5 out of 5
240 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA
The price is $99 per night

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of King of Prussia Town Center and King of Prussia Mall. Valley Forge Convention Center and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,868 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean."…"

Reviewed on May 30, 2020

Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
Inn of the Dove Romantic Suites with Jacuzzi & Fireplace
Inn of the Dove Romantic Suites with Jacuzzi & Fireplace
2.5 out of 5
3901 Old Street Rd, Bensalem, PA
The price is $147 per night

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Parx Casino and Racetrack and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Neshaminy Mall. Philadelphia Mills ...

4.2/5Very Good! (489 reviews)

"I really enjoyed our stay. The place was beautiful, and clean. Everything worked. It is a smoke free environment. But we can smoke outside. Smokers could use one of those outside cigarette containers. There is butts outside door. I Love the outside area. But is would have been nice to have setting ..."…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Inn of the Dove Romantic Suites with Jacuzzi & Fireplace

Popular places to visit in Philadelphia

Wells Fargo Center
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Wells Fargo Center

4.5/5(824 reviews)

Catch an event at Wells Fargo Center during your trip to Philadelphia. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

4.5/5(1,616 reviews)

One of the country’s largest museums, with hundreds of thousands of objects, a Rodin Museum, renowned impressionist art and a sculpture garden.

Pennsylvania Convention Center
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Pennsylvania Convention Center

4.5/5(875 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Pennsylvania Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Philadelphia. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

University of Pennsylvania
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University of Pennsylvania

4.5/5(948 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Pennsylvania, a top college in Philadelphia. Experience the entertainment choices and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Reading Terminal Market
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Reading Terminal Market

4.5/5(2,038 reviews)

An enclosed market where you can sample Philly cheesesteaks, shoofly pies, soft pretzels and other local treats, or stock up on organic produce and handmade crafts.

Liberty Bell Center
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Liberty Bell Center

4.5/5(2,220 reviews)

Set in the historical heart of the city, this glass pavilion that houses America’s symbol of independence is one of the most visited sights in Philadelphia.

Top things to do in Philadelphia

One Liberty Observation Deck Admission Tickets
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One Liberty Observation Deck Admission Tickets

90% of travellers recommend
$15
Per adult
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

84% of travellers recommend
$35
Per adult
Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass: 35+ Attractions & Tours
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Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass: 35+ Attractions & Tours

78% of travellers recommend
$63
Per adult
Philadelphia: Small Group Historical Walking Tour
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Philadelphia: Small Group Historical Walking Tour

90% of travellers recommend
$45
Per adult
Philly by Night Double-Decker Bus Tour
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Philly by Night Double-Decker Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
$34
Per adult
Go Philadelphia Explorer: Choose 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions
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Go Philadelphia Explorer: Choose 3, 4, 5 or 7 Attractions

$54
Per adult

Reviews of Philadelphia

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2989
5 - Excellent 45.11017204950196%
4 - Good
2688
4 - Good 40.56746151524298%
3 - Okay
792
3 - Okay 11.952912767884094%
2 - Disappointing
93
2 - Disappointing 1.4035617265318443%
1 - Terrible
64
1 - Terrible 0.9658919408391187%

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 22, 2020

Anytime you’re traveling in hotels in or around the Philadelphia area u should request,(when available, given the specific policies of each property) a wheelchair accessibility room.Most hotels have extras Of these rooms, enough that go unused often

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 21, 2020

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