Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a city of 1.5 million people and is economically one of the most powerful cities in the world. With history around every corner, it is the first, and so far only city in the United States to be designated a World Heritage City. Of course, it’s easy to understand why; the United States declared its independence there in 1776, and the Constitution was signed in the city in 1787. Philadelphia also served as one of the capitals of the United States until the buildings in Washington, DC were finished in 1800. Naturally, travelers will want to see Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, and many other historical sites. You may even get a selfie with Ben Franklin!
While Philly’s history is important, many visitors will probably wonder if there’s something more than the historical district. Luckily, there is a huge restaurant scene that has only gotten bigger and more complex in recent years, offering cuisine from around the world. Even with these options, there are two things that go hand in hand with Philadelphia: soft pretzels and cheesesteaks! There are plenty of cheesesteak options, but if you really want to eat like a native, then cheese whiz is the preferred topping.
Philly isn’t limited to history or food either. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is world famous, and you can feel like Rocky when you jog up its steps! There’s also an excellent zoo, and Fairmount Park is there for you to relax. Check out the Franklin Institute if you’re into science, and if you’re a little strange then you’ll probably love the Mutter Museum which is home to all kinds of preserved deformities and skeletons!
Philadelphia is a huge sports town, and is a bit notorious for its passionate but sometimes overenthusiastic fans. Still, a game in Philly truly is a thing to be seen, just make sure to root for the home team, or at least avoid wearing the opposing team’s jersey! That said, Philadelphia literally means “The City of Brotherly Love” and there’s a lot to love about Pennsylvania’s biggest, most dynamic, and most famous city.