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Why fly to Philadelphia?
The city of liberty sure is pretty.
Old cobblestoned streets flanked by buildings from the 1800s wind through lovely Philadelphia. This is where the country's founding fathers once strolled as they prepared to change the course of American history with the drafting of Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.. The Liberty Bell is a constant reminder of the historic documents drafted in the city.
Philadelphia is an old American city and with it has unique old architecture and a distinct character that differs significantly from the rest of the country.The oldest inhabited street in the country is in Philadelphia, Elfreth's Alley has been beating since the beginning of the 18th century. The Christ Church is also from the same period and is quite stunning to see.
Head to Independence National Historic Park where Independence Hall is located to see the actual location of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution as well as George Washington's chair.
The city has several cultural institutions like the Philadelphia Music of Art which has collections from America, Asian and Europe that span 800 years. Follow that up by a visit to the African American Museum
Philadelphia is home to all sorts of good food and restaurants but its most important contribution to the culinary arts some would say is the cheese steak sandwich. There are numerous eateries in the city that claim to have perfected the sandwich. And truthfully, the concoction is perfection in itself and it would be hard to go wrong, however try a few places, have a cheese steak-off with your family and see what kind of melty cheese, on what kind of buttery baguette makes for the best combination.
Philadelphia is also a big sports city with a major league baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies as well as hockey and basketball teams that are some of the best in their respective leagues. Have a cheese steak sandwich, check out a hockey game and celebrate liberty Philadelphia style, you'll be glad you did.
Philadelphia winters are legendary for their freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall, the city looks quite pretty but you will have to bundle up. The summers are hot and temperatures are in the high 20s and with the humidity they can be a little stifling. The fall brings in some cooler air and the leaves turn lovely shades of auburn.
When to fly to Philadelphia
The city is very busy in August and September as the thousands of students who call Philadelphia home for at least part of the year start flooding back into the city. Flight prices are fairly high at this time. Pricing in June can also be expensive due to various school-related ceremonies.
October and November are quiet travel months in Philly so this would be a good time to scoop up some flight deals and head to the city while the temperatures are pleasant.
Getting into Philadelphia
Your gateway into Philadelphia opens up at the Philadelphia International Airport and once you collect your luggage you have several choices on getting into the city center. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority runs a rail line into the airport and that will move you quickly into the city center. There are also several bus routes that have stops at the airport. Taxis and shuttles located just outside the terminals are also an option.
Getting around Philadelphia
There are several ways of getting around the city including bus and train. You can also use the city's trolley system called the Phlash which can get you around the downtown region. You can purchase the Independence Pass which will allow you unlimited hops on and off the various public modes of transportation for the cost of the pass. Additionally, taxis are available everywhere and you can also rent a bike.
- Head to Reading Terminal Market for a great lunch. You will find all sorts of delicious treats including the Philadelphia Cheese steak sandwich as well as international cuisine. Plus, to top it all off, head to the Amish bakeries located in the market for some lovely sweet baked goods for dessert.
- Visit the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and learn about the poet and his life in the city. You 'll also learn about the mystery surrounding his death..
- Head to the National Constitution Center to learn about how this historic document was crafted. This is a great little trip for young people to learn about the various clauses in the Constitution and how they protect the rights of the people in the country.
- Take a mural art tour. Head to the Mural Arts Gallery and hop on a trolley for a two-hour ride through the city that will take you to all of the prime locations of mural art in the city.
- Rocky made running up stairs famous and those stairs are located in Philadelphia. Head to the stairs located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Replay the movie in your mind, but in this case you are the star and make the sprint up the 72 steps (play the music in your hotel before you leave so that it's still ringing in your mind as you're running up - it is absolutely a great experience).
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