Along the Delaware River lies a city that once served as America’s capital city, and is known best as the city of brotherly love. From this cities grounds grew the roots of America’s independence. So get some comfy running shoes on as you must take on the famous run up the steps that placed the character Rocky forever in the cities heart.
#1 the MUST see…Liberty Bell. It is open to the public and free admission to see a national treasure and symbol of liberty. The line usually moves quickly, and once you exit you have Independence Hall right at your feet. https://www.nps.gov/inde/learn/historyculture/stories-libertybell.htm
#2 the MUST eat…Hey you’re in Philly. Got to have a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich! While Pat’s King of Steak in the south side may be the original, across the street is Geno’s and both are open 24/7. I cannot decide which I liked more so I can only recommend to try them both. Get in line early though! Wait times can be half an hour easily. http://patskingofsteaks.com/ and http://www.genosteaks.com/
#3 the MUST shop…ask anyone there and without hesitation the reply is Reading Terminal Market. It is an urban farmer’s market that maintains a historic tradition of offering a unique blend of merchants offering food and food products. Just the aromas alone is worth the trip, and the parking there is perhaps the cheapest rates of anywhere in that area. Just make sure to validate your ticket. http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/
#4 the MUST stay…Just 2 blocks away from Independence Hall is the Best Western Independence Park Hotel. It boasts 17 foot high ceilings and a lovely glass atrium. Did I mention it is walking distance to almost everything? http://www.independenceparkhotel.com/
#5 the MUST do off the beaten path…comprising half a city block is a series of multi layered walls forming a labyrinth of immersive artwork by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. The non-profit exhibit has a low cost admission price to maintain the exhibit. It is best to book tickets in advance as they sell out frequently. https://www.phillymagicgardens.org/
For more information check out http://www.visitphilly.com/