Philly - The First World Heritage City (and the fifth largest) in the USA
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Conveniently located in between New York City and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia is easily accessible by train (only 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Washington, D.C.). Known for its history, arts and culture, vibrant street life, world-class restaurants and outdoor life, Philadelphia offers a budget-friendly metropolitan experience for all travelers. Discover Philadelphia, a modern renaissance city where history meets innovation and culture.
It is now the 5th Largest City in The USA
It is the first World Heritage City in the USA
The USA’s largest Mall in terms of retail outlets is the King of Prussia Mall 40 minutes outside the city.
Things to do:
Known as the birthplace of America, Philadelphia offers a vast array of historic activities. Starting with a guided tour of Independence National Historical Park – America’s most historic square mile – you will learn about where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted, debated and adopted, and where the nation’s first executive mansion, Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site stood. But before you leave, be sure to snap a photo and also learn about the Liberty Bell, a globally recognized symbol of freedom and visit the Betsy Ross House, the historic house commemorates the life and accomplishments of Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia patriot believed to have made our first American flag.
Arts and Culture
From ballet to theater to the orchestra and beyond, it’s no wonder Philadelphia was ranked America’s No. 1 city for culture by Travel + Leisure magazine. Explore Museum Mile on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, home to some of the nation’s most iconic museums and institutions.
Marvel over 200,000 examples of art and craft spanning more than 2,000 years in history at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is also home to the “Rocky Steps” and Rocky statue featured in the Academy Award-winning film Rocky. The Rodin Museum is home to the largest Rodin collection outside of Paris and is where iconic statue “The Thinker” remains. The impressive Barnes Foundation is where you will see one of the finest collections of post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.
While in Philadelphia, you can also experience the world's largest outdoor art museum and one of the U.S.’s most innovative art programs, the Mural Arts Program. Philadelphia is the Mural Capital of the World and boasts over 3,600 murals as well as outdoor sculptures.
With the largest city-owned urban park system in the world, Philadelphia is the greenest city in America. Fairmount Park offers a 9,000+ acre park system with 215 miles of recreation trails. Endless adventure trails, riverfronts, bicycling trails and walking/running paths are woven through the city unlike anywhere in the U.S. Named “one of the world’s 10 best cities for parks” by Frommer’s, Philadelphia offers a wide range of outdoor activities and urban adventures.
Dining & Nightlife
World-class cuisine prepared by celebrity and award winning chefs can be found throughout the many diverse neighborhoods that make up the downtown area. Options abound as PHL is home to more than 2,500 restaurants, 250 outdoor cafes and 200 (+) BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) style restaurants. James Beard-winning Chefs Michael Solomonov and Jeff Michaud along with Iron Chefs Morimoto and Jose Garces serve up culinary masterpieces for visitors from across the globe. Home to nationally recognized breweries and festivals, and historical brewpubs and tours, it comes with no surprise that Philadelphia is named among the best beer drinking cities and late night capitals in the United States.
Shopping in Philadelphia
Dubbed the #2 shopping city in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, Philadelphia offers a shopping haven for visitors with all tastes. From high-end boutiques like Rittenhouse Row to discount outlets like Philadelphia Premium Outlet Mall, shoppers can indulge in Philadelphia’s tax-free shopping on all clothes and shoes. With the largest shopping mall in the country, King of Prussia Mall, globally recognized Macy’s, and trendy corner shops, Philadelphia is simply a shopping mecca.
Within walking distance of major museums, world-class shopping and the business district, this prestigious hotel in Philadelphia city centre, on Rittenhouse Square, offers a fitness centre with cardiovascular equipment and free weights.
The Rittenhouse Spa and Club - Hair by Paul Lebrecque offers complimentary access to an indoor heated pool and sun terrace.
Lacroix at The Rittenhouse is an award-winning restaurant that serves progressive international cuisine.
Offering British tea and cocktails in a cosy living-room atmosphere, the Mary Cassatt Tea Room opens up to a private outdoor garden.
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