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About Philadelphia

by SmarterTravel Staff
Descendents of Declaration of Independence signers with Liberty Bell (Photo: GPTMC)

Philadelphia, the birthplace of life, liberty, and the cheesesteak sandwich, offers a wealth of attractions for visitors. Whether tourists want to learn about the country's origins, get loud at a ball game, or just chow down on local fare, Philly is the place to be.

The city celebrates its Revolutionary ties at Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the U.S. Constitution written. Nearby, the historic Liberty Bell hangs for all to see. Visitors can also tour Betsy Ross' house, where the nation's first flag was sewn. The country's original capital is as much a melting pot as the rest of the nation, and memorials and museums dedicated to African American, Irish, Jewish, Polish, Quaker, and Swedish citizens are located around the city.

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The Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, and Sixers all call the city home, and local residents are dedicated fans. But everyone can cheer for the city's most famous fictional athlete, Rocky Balboa, whose statue stands at the base of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps.

Of course, a visit to Philadelphia wouldn't be complete without a taste of the local cuisine, and the Philly cheesesteak may well be the city's official food. In South Philadelphia the originator of the sandwich, Pat's King of Steaks, competes with the famous Geno's located across the street. For other delectable delights, tourists can shop at the Reading Terminal market, which has been held here since 1892, for Pennsylvania Dutch breakfasts, fresh produce, and soulfood to nosh on.

Philadelphia International Airport is served by more than 20 airlines, including American, Southwest, and Midwest, so finding flights to Philadelphia should be an easy task from most cities.

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