Quick List of What to Do in Philadelphia

Welcome to the birthplace of The United States of America! The city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  There are tons of things too see and do in Philly. The food is one of a kind and the rich American history is sure to teach you a thing or two. Submerge yourself in the 1700s to learn all about how the United States came to be. Explore the original cobblestone streets and take a stroll down the oldest alleyway in the country.

street lined with colorful flags from different countries

1. First thing is first, come to Philly on an empty stomach. You are going to need the room for the iconic Philly cheesesteak. Insider’s Tip: learn the lingo of how to order your cheesesteak! So here’s how it goes, “Can I get one whiz (cheese whiz) wit or wit out (fried onions)?” Visit Geno’s Steaks or their rival right across the street, Pat’s King of Steaks. In my opinion, these places are the best! Once you take your first bite, you’ll want to buy another one for the ride home. I suggest trying both places and deciding for yourself which one is your favorite.

Philly Cheese steak Sandwich on red and black paper

2. Would you like to travel the world in just one day or two? Visit the oldest farmer’s market the Reading Terminal Market was founded in 1893. Come hungry, you will find many different cuisine options, everything from Asian to Mediterranean to Greek. Give yourself a full day or two to explore the entire market. If you are looking for a gift or fresh produce to take back home you will definitely find it here. The vendors sell homemade gifts, homegrown foods, and souvenirs that will bring the essence of Philly home with you.

3. Next, take a tour of Independence Hall. Independence Hall is in the Old City area of Philadelphia. It takes you back into time to 1776 when the United States’ Declaration of Independence was created. Make sure to get your tickets in advance, they are limited and required for entrance. The tour will begin in the courtroom where the original lawyers shared and discussed law books. You can also view the first draft of the Declaration of Independence on display.

4. Lastly, you have to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Be sure to get to the museum early to beat the crowd. This museum has a myriad of famous collections on exhibit. My favorite collection is the South Asian Art exhibit. You will feel completely submerged in South Asian Art culture as you browse art from this period. South Asian art features a variety of colors, detailed designs, and storytelling. Do yourself a favor before your visit and watch the Rocky movies starring Sylvester Stallone. You will have your own chance to run up the infamous “Rocky Steps” outside of the museum, where a life-sized statue of Rocky Balboa is always on display.

Exterior of the Philadelphia MoMa

This is just a snippet of what there is to do in Philly. Plan a full weekend vacation to give yourself enough time to do and see everything. I hope to see you experiencing one of the best cities in the world. Welcome to Philadelphia!

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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Stephen C. Are you interested in traveling to Philadelphia? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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