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Philadelphia is an interesting U.S. destination. While not quite New York or Boston in terms of pure fame, it has its charm. As another major northeastern city, it carries close ties with American history and plenty of modern entertainment and attractions to enjoy. Philly is every bit as enjoyable as its northern neighbors, so read on for some tips on what to do if you ever find yourself there for a few days!
Independence Hall may not be a towering monument like the Empire State Building or the Eiffel Tower, but it’s every bit as much a part of its city as those world-famous landmarks. Though it looks like a pretty but not extraordinary red-brick city hall, it has a legitimate argument as the single most famous building in American history. It’s in this hall George Washington was put in charge of the Continental army during the American Revolution, and that the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution were both drafted and then signed. It is the building where America was born.
Miami has its Cuban sandwiches, New York has its pizza, New Orleans has its jambalaya, and the list goes on. But no city in the U.S. is quite as closely tied to a signature food as Philadelphia is. The Philly Cheesesteak has become a menu item around the U.S. and the world, but it’s best experienced in the city itself. You don’t want to try just any version of it, there are several different restaurants commonly recommended by locals. The best guide I’ve found personally comes from a local who personally sampled 16 spots and picked a winner. It’s a start, at least.
This is a quick point, but the Liberty Bell is probably the defining landmark in Philadelphia, even if Independence Hall is the most important building. Fortunately, the two are close together, with the Liberty Bell Center just across the street from the hall. The bell itself – which weighs over 2,000 pounds – once hung at the top of Independence Hall, and was rung in order to mark important events like some of those mentioned above that took place in the hall. It’s essentially just a piece of history, but one that you’ll actually appreciate having gone out of your way to see in person and take a picture with.
Like many major American cities, Philadelphia loves its sports, and there’s a very strong local following for all of them. The Eagles (NFL), 76ers (NBA), Flyers (NHL), and Phillies (MLB) in particular are very popular professional teams, and keep fans occupied no matter what the season may be. For visitors, the fun comes from the fan enthusiasm, the tailgates, the cheers, and, if things go well, the post-game celebrations! But Philadelphia is also adding a somewhat unique appeal, given that the map of sports betting expansion shows Pennsylvania as one state that is fully on board. Basically, that means there will now be some added sports enthusiasm from a statewide community of bettors!
Described as being like a bit of Paris in Philadelphia, simply because of its vague similarity to the famous Champs Elysees in Paris, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is sort of the visual heart of the city. It’s not denoted by a single prevailing landmark like the Arc de Triomphe at the Champs Elysees, but it happens to be home to some of the best museums in the city, all of which are worth seeing. In particular, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum are highlights on the strip, though really this whole area is worth exploring.