Philadelphia, USA

When you talk of Philadelphia, you will immediately think of it as a place teeming with historical structures. There is a truth in that, a majority of what this populous state in the Southern Pennsylvania offer reflects the relevant happenings of the past. Philadelphia is often referred to as The Birthplace of America since it is here where America’s modern democracy was born.

If you are heading to Philadelphia, your point of entry will be Philadelphia International Airport, the wide and busy airport in Delaware Valley. There are taxis and other modes of transportation found in the airport, so you will have an easy time heading to your preferred destination. Pedestrian-friendly, the city is also ideal to be toured on foot, most especially that majority of what you are visiting are situated close to each other. If you are planning to see multiple attractions, it is wise that you get the Philadelphia CityPASS, where you get to visit 6 (listed) attractions with a reduced entrance fee as long as you use it within nine days.

If you have a fascination in history, you will surely include the Independence National Historic Park where the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Center are seen. Take note that Philadelphia also has some of the famous and important historical structures in the country, and these are a must-see. Eastern State Penitentiary, a castle-like structure, is named “America’s most historic prison” and because many believe that it is haunted, the prison has also become a famous Halloween attraction. Also take time to visit Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, the ancestral home of the famous American author.

The city also beams with great parks and wide-open spaces, making it possible to relax and unwind amidst a bustling city. Love Park is an iconic park that is famous because of its LOVE sculpture, and no tourist leaves Philadelphia without having a photo with it as a backdrop. The Fairmont Park houses several small parks within its premises, such as Pennypack Park, Wissahickon Valley Park, and Wissahickon Valley, offering you lots of options to choose from. And of course, the four famous squares in the Center City: Washington Square in the southeast, Franklin Square in the northeast, Logan Square in the northwest, and City Hall in the center.  If you have more time, you can explore Penn Treaty Park, Pennypack Park, FDR Park, Clark Park, and Rittenhouse Park as well.

You do not dare leave the city without feasting on Philadelphia’s local cuisine, as tasting homegrown foods such as the world-famous Philly cheesesteak, completes the adventure. Pat’s King of Steaks, Jim’s Steaks, Tony Luke’s, Steve’s Prince of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks are only some of the tourists’ choice. Hoagies is also a must-try, as well as tomato pie, stromboli, soft pretzel, and scrapple. Lastly, have a taste of Capogiro, an ice-cream that is named by National Geographic as the Best Ice Cream in the World.