Trips to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States are highly recommended. According to itypetravel, what makes Philadelphia a must-see on the American East Coast has long since lost touch with the city’s rich history. Because if you ignore George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and the Liberty Bell, you will discover that the city of brotherly love is firmly established in the 21st century. Discover the vast wealth of sights in Philadlephia on one of the many tours the city has to offer.
In a city with such a great history as Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania, there is plenty to see and experience. Cruise the Schullkill River (named after the first Dutch settlers), shop on South Street, run up the steps of the Philadelhia Museum of Art like Rocky, or visit the Betsy Ross House and learn about the design of the American flag came into being.
Betsy Ross House
At the Betsy Ross House, you’ll get an insight into the lives of ordinary people in the colonial era, as well as the most popular, but not necessarily accurate, version of the creation of the American flag. Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, Tel: +1 215 686 1252
This street is considered one of the oldest – perhaps the oldest – street in the United States. Elfreth’s Alley is located in the middle of the Old City district and dates from 1702. The museum is located at number 124 and 126, on the spot where a sewing workshop used to be. The souvenir shop can be found at number 124, where tours can also be booked.
Bike Tours of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Bike Tours is the only city in the city to offer tours by bike or moped that take you through Philadelphia’s most important and charming sites. If desired, they will even bring and pick up the bikes! Philadelphia Bike Tours, 771 A South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, Tel: + 1 866 667 3395, Open: Wed through Sun
City Hall and Congress Hall in Philadelphia
William Penn determined in the 18th century that this was the exact center of Philadelphia. No wonder the site is now occupied by City Hall, a huge, intriguing building over 100 years old. City Hall, Broad and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19102, Tel: +1 215 686 2840
Between 1790 and 1800, Philadelphia was briefly the capital of the United States. The House of Representatives and the Senate therefore met in Congress Hall. This is also where George Washington was inaugurated for the second time and the first president handed over his duties to his successor, John Adams. Congress Hall, 6th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Tel: +1 215 597 8974
Declaration House in Philadelphia
In 1776, Thomas Jefferson rented some rooms in this house to write the Declaration of Independence. Declaration House, 7th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Tel: +1 215 597 8974
Edgar Allan Poe Historical Site
Edgar Allen Poe wrote such classics as “The Black Cat” and “The House of Usher” in a Philadelphia home. Please note that this home is not in one of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site, 532 North 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Franklin Court in Philadelphia
Franklin Court was home to one of Philadelphia’s most beloved people, Benjamin Franklin. Today it houses many exhibitions, a bookbindery, a printing house and an underground multimedia museum. Franklin Court, Between 3rd and 4th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Tel: +1 215 597 8974
Independence Hall in Philadelphia
The United States was born in Independence Hall. This is where the Constitution was created and the Declaration of Independence was adopted. On the basis of various multimedia exhibitions you will become acquainted with the first steps of a new world, and how it fared afterwards.
Independence Hall and the related buildings that make up Philadelphia’s only National Park witnessed a very exciting time – that of the impending independence of the United States and the first steps towards becoming a world nation. Every year, millions visit these hallowed places of democracy and learn about the new world from scratch to the present. Independence Hall, Between 5th and 6th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Tel: +1 215 597 8974
The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia
The Liberty Bell was rung on July 8, 1776, to assemble the citizens of Philadelphia for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Since then, the giant bell has been a symbol of the freedom of every American. An interesting detail is that the clock has been torn to such an extent that it has been declared unusable. Liberty Bell Center, 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Tel: +1 215 597 8974
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of America’s most magnificent museums, with an immense collection of art from all eras and corners of the world. The building (built in 1876) alone is more than worth a visit.
And don’t forget to follow in the footsteps of the famous boxer Rocky Balboa, at the top of those equally infamous ‘Rocky Steps’. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Tel: +1 215 763 8100
Reading Terminal Market
Reading Terminal Market is the undisputed address for fresh food. Divided over more than 80 stalls, the Amish, among others, bring together various regional dishes and world cuisines into a true feast. Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch Sts (PA Convention Center), tel: +1 215 922 2317, open: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm.
Tours of Philadelphia
Ride the Ducks
Every self-respecting major American city with water within its municipal boundaries offers tours in original amphibious vehicles, the so-called ‘Ducks’. It can be guessed that the tour not only takes you over land, but also over the Delaware. Ride The Ducks Philadelphia LLC, 437 Chestnut St. Suite 910, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Tel: +1 215 227 DUCK
Schuylkill River Tours
The Schuyllkill River runs along the west side of town, and got its name from Dutch settlers who first arrived. The three tours offered here feature low-key live jazz music, informative historical information, and a visit to Bartram’s Gardens. Schuyllkill River Tours, Walnut Street and 24th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146, Tel: +1 215 985 9393
South Street in Philadelphia
The South Street area is a shopper’s paradise for small and large businesses, where second-hand can co-exist with the renowned chain stores. This is also the address for the original ‘Philly Cheese Steak’.
Walking tours of Philadelphia
The easiest way to get to know Philadelphia better is via a CD player and the foot cart. You can walk through the streets of the city at your own pace with this audio tour. A sympathetic voice tells you all about the historic buildings you see. AudioWalk & Tour of Historic Philadelphia, 2022 Waverly Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146, Tel: +1 215 275 3635