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Visit one of Americas classic cities

Perhaps one of the ‘classic’ American cities, Philadelphia is known both within the United States and worldwide for its important role in the nation’s history.

Known as the ‘City of Brotherly Love’, Philly was once an important meeting place for the Founding Fathers during the American Revolution as they began to consider American Independence and the constitutional framework that would underpin the United States to the current day.

With such a rich history, it is clear that many people visit Philadelphia to find out more about America’s past. Whilst attractions such as the Liberty Bell and the Independence National Historical Park - with its centrepiece, Independence Hall – are key to the city’s tourism, Philadelphia is a very modern city with much more to offer than simply history. Indeed, Philly is a city known for its distinctive cuisine, arts and culture.

Starting with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – the oldest such institution in the United States and home to one of the most exceptional collections of American art in the world - lovers of art and science are certain to love Philadelphia. Even the art galleries in Philly are iconic, as evidenced by the 72 stone steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art which played a starring role in the film Rocky.

The museum itself is one of the largest in America, containing over 227,000 items of interest. Visitors interested in sculpture are certain to be impressed by the Rodin Museum on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, recently refurbished and home to the largest collection of Auguste Rodin pieces outside of France. For a more hands-on experience, the Please Touch Museum offers highly interactive exhibits aimed at families.

Music and theatre lovers are also wonderfully catered for in Philadelphia. A trip to Centre City is an absolute must, as it’s there that you will find the Avenue of Arts – a dedicated area that plays host to many of the city’s cultural institutions including the theatre district. Attractions lining the Avenue include the Academy of Music, the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts and the Kimmel Centre – home to the Philadelphia Orchestra.

If all the walking involved in soaking up Philly’s history and culture leaves you feeling peckish, you’re already in the right place! Philadelphian cuisine is known for three incredible dishes – cheesesteaks (sliced steak with melted cheese on a hotdog bun), hoagies (cold Italian sandwiches bursting with fillings) and scrapple (a breakfast patty made from pork). Of course, the cheesesteak is most iconic – and the locals could argue all day about who makes them best – but we’re sure you won’t be disappointed if you visit Pat’s King of Steaks on Passyunk Avenue or Geno’s on 9th. 

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Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

1800 Market St, Philadelphia
of 5, from 393 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Logan Square, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Art Institute of Philadelphia and Ben Franklin National Memorial. Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia

Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia

1628 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
of 5, from 2,441 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Club Quarters is a full service, club-like hotel in a prime location opposite Liberty Place – Philadelphia’s epicenter of restaurants and shops. Two blocks from Rittenhouse Square, and within walking distance of all points of interest.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market St, Philadelphia
of 5, from 1,123 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel enjoys a prime location in downtown Philadelphia, 1 block from City Hall and Reading Terminal Market, 2 blocks from the Convention Center, and just 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the Liberty Bell.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Philadelphia Airport

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Philadelphia Airport

8840 Tinicum Blvd, Philadelphia
of 5, from 1,651 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is less than a mile from the Philadelphia International Airport and just over 8 miles from downtown Philadelphia attractions.

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia
of 5, from 1,036 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This 26-story, pet-friendly hotel is 2 blocks from the Philadelphia Convention Center and a short distance to numerous nearby museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

220 S 17th Street, Philadelphia
of 5, from 484 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located 1 block east of Rittenhouse Square, this Philadelphia hotel is set amid smart shops and art galleries; Liberty Place office towers, Walnut Street restaurants, and Broad Street theaters are within 5 blocks.

City House Hostels: Philadelphia

City House Hostels: Philadelphia

17 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia
of 5, from 19 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in Old City, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church, Liberty Bell Center, and Independence Hall. Reading Terminal Market and Ben Franklin National Memorial are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market St, Philadelphia
of 5, from 701 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Linked by skywalk to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Gallery Mall, this Center City Philadelphia hotel is 7 blocks from Chinatown and 8 blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The 13th St Trolley station is just a block away.

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