Top 10 sights
Top 10 highlights of Philadelphia
The fifth-biggest city in the United States by population, Philadelphia is more than just a cream cheese! It's where much of the foundation of the U.S. took place. Here are some great starting points for you to discover "Philly"...
1. Philadelphia Museum of Art
With over 227,000 individual objects in its various collections, you'd better dedicate an entire day to one of the country's premier art museums - there's not just American but international art to be seen!
2. Liberty Bell
This symbolic bell was rung as the Declaration of Independence was read out in 1776. Go and see it on the intersection of 6th Street and Market Street!
3. Independence National Historic Park
Follow the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in the path to American independence.
4. Amish Country
Lancaster is the largest city in Pennsylvania Dutch country, where the Amish community has traditionally lived.
5. Rocky Location Tour
Visit the filming locations for the Rocky movies, from North to South Philadelphia. The best thing about this tour is not only that you'll see places in Philly you might not have thought of visiting before, but you'll also be able to meet and nerd out with other Rocky fans!
6. Magic Gardens
A homage to the art of mosaicing by Isaiah Zagar! You can learn about the mosaic garden's background from a tour guide, or simply wander through the shimmery labyrinth yourself.
7. Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site
Poe, one of the most spine-chilling writers of all time, spent six years living in Philadelphia. Here, you can visit his home and listen to his stories as you walk thru to get a real sense of eerie context!
8. LOVE Park
Officially called JFK Plaza, Robert Indiana's famous LOVE sculpture lends the park its nickname. It's also home to a large and vibrant skateboarding community. If you're in Philadelphia at Christmas, don't miss the annual market held here!
9. Brandywine Valley
A tour to Brandywine Valley will allow you to visit grand country estates just outside the city, such as the Nemours Mansion, to enrich your understanding of the local area. Oh, and the chance to sample regional wines.
10. Pocono Mountains
There are so many things to see and do at this resort a couple of hours outside Philadelphia - including a water park and opportunities for skiing in the winter.
Planning Your Visit
For all tours involving alcohol, such as to vineyards, all participants must be over 21 years of age.
Philadelphia is known for its summer events, so check online to see what's happening to ensure you don't miss out!
Plan to visit Philadelphia if you're visiting other East Coast cities like Washington DC or NYC - it's a relatively short drive or train ride.
Philadelphia's famous sandwich is the cheesesteak. The best place to try one? You'll get different answers depending on who you ask and in which part of the city!
Good to know
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- Best time to visit
- In terms of avoiding the humidity and crowds of the summer months and the snowfall in the fall and winter, March through May is your best bet for enjoying perfect weather in the City of Brotherly Love.
Other Sightseeing Options in Philadelphia
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What people are saying about Philadelphia
Great tour for those who are interested in the history of the city. Our tour guide Josh was very knowledgeable and we were able to learn about important dates in history as well as stand close to where they took place. Definitely recommend.
Bill was a great guide. Full of interesting tidbits about Philadelphia's history that we never would've read about in the history books.
Matt was an attentive, informative and engaging guide. It was a truly enjoyable experience which I highly recommend.
This tour was so fun. Our guide was awesome. He told great stories and kept us entertained.
Fun activity. Great way to see many interesting parts of the city. Barry was a great guide!