Aerial view of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Corbis)

Skyline of Philadelphia, Philadelphia (PhotoDisc)

Skyline of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Love sculpture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Andrew Gunners/Digital Vision/Getty)

LOVE Statue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

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Philadelphia skyline, Pennsylvania (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a living, breathing history book. Founded in 1682, the nation’s first capital is home to the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall. And while today’s visitors still come for the sightseeing, they stay for the food. For history you can sink your teeth into, the 9th Street Italian Market is the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the country, with some of the best deli meats available anywhere. Reading Terminal Market, another celebrated landmark, opened its doors in 1892, and today is home to more than 80 food sellers, two of whom are descended from original standholders. In South Philadelphia, the decades-old battle for best cheese-steak continues between Geno’s and Pat’s, while new haute cuisine spots are cropping up on Walnut Street and in the historic downtown.

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MrsJBolt rates Philadelphia
Philly in the fall was a fabulous day trip. We took the bus from DC to Philly and then started w/ cheesesteaks @ Geno's & Pat's King of Steaks. Then walked through south Philly to the Liberty Bell/Independence Hall and went on a $2 a person ride around the city on their Phlash trolley system. Grabbed a coffee & soft pretzel @ the awesome Reading Terminal Market. Ended the evening strolling around Rittenhouse Square area, having dinner at Twenty Manning grill, & gelato at Capogiro before boarding the bus back to DC! Everywhere we went felt safe and Philly has a nice big city feel without the rush of people like in NYC. (only warning is if you take a cab, make sure they don't rip you off, if they do contact the Philly Parking Authority and they can check the gps for the cab & reimburse you if that's the case, which is extremely nice.)
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