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Situated in the state of Pennsylvania, in the north east of the US between New York City and Washington, Philadelphia is the country’s fifth largest city, home to 7.2 million people. It is most famous for the role it played in the American Revolution, being the place where the Founding Fathers would meet and plot, ultimately leading to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution eleven years later. But today, Philadelphia is known not only for its starring role in American history, but also for its arts and culture, lively street life, excellent dining and outdoorsy lifestyle. There is a great deal to do here; we certainly recommend taking a tour of its Independence National Historical Park – a square mile crammed with landmarks which featured in America’s journey towards independence, home to the Liberty Bell, the iconic symbol of independence, which once rang from the steeple of Pennsylvania State House (renamed as Independence Hall). It is believed to be one of the bells rung to mark the reading of the Declaration of Independence, and although it fell into obscurity for some years afterwards, it was adopted as a symbol by abolitionist societies in the 19th century. You will also be able to visit Betsy Ross House, an historic house which commemorates the life and accomplishments of the woman who is thought to have made the original ‘Stars and Stripes’ flag.
Museum Mile on Benjamin Franklin Parkway is home to some of the country’s most famous museums and institutions. The Philadelphia Museum of Art alone contains more than 200,000 artworks spanning 2,000 years of history. For a more contemporary perspective, there is the Rocky statue featured in the Academy Award-winning film of the same name. The Rodin Museum houses the largest Rodin collection outside Paris – including his most famous single work, ‘The Thinker’. At the Barnes Foundation you’ll be able to view one of the best collections in the world of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, including extensive works by Renoir, Matisse and Picasso.
Philadelphia is home to many diverse districts and neighbourhoods, which have contributed to its reputation as a centre of exceptional cuisine, where many internationally-recognised chefs have opened restaurants which are considered amongst the best in the world. If you fancy something a little more informal, you’ll be overwhelmed with choice amongst the many outdoor cafés, many of which operate under a BYO (bring your own) licence, making them an inexpensive option. There is also a plethora of breweries, beer festivals, historical brewpubs and tours, making it little surprise that the city is considered one of the beer drinking centres in the US, famous for its late-night revelry.
If the great outdoors is your thing, you are in the right place – Philadelphia is one of the greenest cities in the country, home to the most extensive urban park system in the world; Fairmount Park alone throws up 9,000 acres of open space, with 215 miles of recreation trails, and you’ll find adventure trails, riverfronts, cycling routes and walking and running paths interwoven throughout the city.
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