Why Philadelphia is Definitely Worth Visiting
Do you want to travel to one of the most charming American cities? Look no further than Philadelphia, affectionately known as "Philly". Here you'll meet sport-mad locals and learn about the country’s historic roots, all while discovering some local charm and flavor in the home of the American Revolution.
1. Soak up its historical past
It's hard not to go to Philly and take in all its amazing history. Featuring America's Most Historic Square Mile, the Historic District and downtown Philly take you back to the founding roots of America.
Visit the iconic Liberty Bell, a symbol for freedom around the world, or Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The beautiful old-world architecture is contrasted with the modern skyscrapers in the background. The remains of the President's House, is now a museum dedicated to the nine slaves who lived and worked there during the presidency of George Washington. The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest education and scientific research centers in America and houses the Benjamin Franklin National Museum, named after the scientist and founding father who did important work for the country.
2. Enjoy the sport-crazy city atmosphere
Philadelphia natives love their sports, it's part of the cultural fabric of life. Philadelphia competes in 4 major sports leagues, the Philadelphia Phillies for Major League Baseball, the Philadelphia 76ers for the National Basketball Association, the Philadelphia Flyers for the National Hockey League and the Philadelphia Eagles for the National Football League.
On a hot summer day, you can head to Citizen Bank’s Park to cheer on the local baseball team. Later, you can beat the heat by grabbing a spot in the shade and cooling down with some tasty gelato – a summer staple in this very Italian city. Gran Caffe L'Aquila and Capofitto are two popular local options.
Or for a truly authentic experience, head to a sports bar in the city. Whether you're after huge TVs so every customer can watch the game or something more local, sporting matches are broadcast all over the city and the buzz is electric. Be sure to catch a game, enjoy the excitement in the air and feast on delicious food and craft beer.
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3. Try out the most famous sandwich
If you have ever met a Philadelphia native, you have probably heard about the Philly Cheesesteak. This treat is thought to have originated in South Philadelphia in the 1930s, and believe us, it’s delicious! You can really only understand how amazing a Philly Cheesestaek when you try it in the city where it was invented – no other city can make it quite the same way.
The most famous restaurant that serves this local treat is Pat’s King of Steaks – a chain now, with its original location in the East Passyunk neighborhood.
4. Channel Rocky Balboa
The steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are probably some of the most well known in the world. Made famous by Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, so famous that you'll spot tourists doing their own slow jog up and down the steps for an iconic picture moment. The Rocky Balboa statue close by was originally created for Rocky III, but is now a homage to the much-loved fictional character of Philly.
5. Visit the Historical Italian Market
With Philadelphia being one of the oldest cities in the USA, its history is rich. The historical Italian market today is full of sidewalk dining options, unique restaurants and authentic speciality food shops. It represents the diverse and changing landscape of the Philly food scene.
However, it originally started out as an market with stalls selling vegetables, fruit, cheese, seafood and spices. It eventually became a formal establishment which allowed it to continue to supply year-round fresh produce, quick meals and eventually opened restaurants for the wider community. By the 40's it was known as the Italian Market due to the heavy presence of the traders and community in that region of south Philly. After the war, other cuisines started filtering in including Mexican, Vietnamese and Korean. In 2006 it underwent redevelopment, breathing new life into its market stalls. It's a lovely attraction to visit, read about the history of the area and tuck into delicious food on offer.
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