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The fifth-biggest city in the United States by population, Philadelphia is more than just a cream cheese! It's where much of the foundation of the U.S. took place. Here are some great starting points for you to discover "Philly"...

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

With over 227,000 individual objects in its various collections, you'd better dedicate an entire day to one of the country's premier art museums - there's not just American but international art to be seen!

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

This symbolic bell was rung as the Declaration of Independence was read out in 1776. Go and see it on the intersection of 6th Street and Market Street!

Independence National Historic Park

Independence National Historic Park

Follow the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin in the path to American independence.

Amish Country

Amish Country

Lancaster is the largest city in Pennsylvania Dutch country, where the Amish community has traditionally lived.

Rocky Location Tour
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Rocky Location Tour

Visit the filming locations for the Rocky movies, from North to South Philadelphia. The best thing about this tour is not only that you'll see places in Philly you might not have thought of visiting before, but you'll also be able to meet and nerd out with other Rocky fans!

Magic Gardens
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Magic Gardens

A homage to the art of mosaicing by Isaiah Zagar! You can learn about the mosaic garden's background from a tour guide, or simply wander through the shimmery labyrinth yourself.

Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site
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Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site

Poe, one of the most spine-chilling writers of all time, spent six years living in Philadelphia. Here, you can visit his home and listen to his stories as you walk thru to get a real sense of eerie context!

LOVE Park

LOVE Park

Officially called JFK Plaza, Robert Indiana's famous LOVE sculpture lends the park its nickname. It's also home to a large and vibrant skateboarding community. If you're in Philadelphia at Christmas, don't miss the annual market held here!

Brandywine Valley
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Brandywine Valley

A tour to Brandywine Valley will allow you to visit grand country estates just outside the city, such as the Nemours Mansion, to enrich your understanding of the local area. Oh, and the chance to sample regional wines.

Pocono Mountains

Pocono Mountains

There are so many things to see and do at this resort a couple of hours outside Philadelphia - including a water park and opportunities for skiing in the winter.

Planning Your Philadelphia Visit

Age limit

For all tours involving alcohol, such as to vineyards, all participants must be over 21 years of age.

Summer fun

Philadelphia is known for its summer events, so check online to see what's happening to ensure you don't miss out!

City tours

Plan to visit Philadelphia if you're visiting other East Coast cities like Washington DC or NYC - it's a relatively short drive or train ride.

Local dish

Philadelphia's famous sandwich is the cheesesteak. The best place to try one? You'll get different answers depending on who you ask and in which part of the city!

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-04:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    In terms of avoiding the humidity and crowds of the summer months and the snowfall in the fall and winter, March through May is your best bet for enjoying perfect weather in the City of Brotherly Love.

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What people are saying about Philadelphia

So I was a VIP on this tour. Annett led the tour and her colleague came along to experience it and he also gave me tidbits of history (he runs the history tour). This tours taught me so much about the South Italian market, the history of the area and the wider history of Philly, the history of the art and the politics of the area. It was so much that I would not have been able to discover by myself in the time. My eyes were also opened up to some of the more unusual things that are eaten in Philly, yes I'm talking about chocolate / peanut butter bacon. It tasted so right but I knew it was so wrong!! We also tried sooooo many other treats and snacks which would have cost me a fortune had I ventured solo or would not have been privy to (the caviar was a welcome and luxurious treat). Annett was also such a saint as it rained and she shared her umbrella with me ;) Definitely a tour I'd recommend to do in Philly

thought Nate was an excellent tour guide. I was very disappointed that we could not gain entry to Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Ben Franklin house. I had called your customer service to inquire if the entrance fees were paid on our behalf . The advertising Iis very ambiguous stating that " ALL of the buildings are included " or something to that effect . The customer service rep was really hesitant in his reply but assured me that we could go into all of the buildings. Well, technically yes, if you pay a separate fee. I would suggest you clarify your advertising to indicate that only "Free of Charge" buildings will be available for entrance on this tour. I will be notifying Trip Advisor of my observations.

Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Historical Walking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 03/08/2020

Our guide, Katie, was hilarious and one of a kind. Even in the freezing weather, her ability to retain so many facts & still relay them with her own personal flair warmed us up! This sightseeing busy was a very convenient way to get around the city’s landmarks and efficient way to explore them. Just be careful and beware the traffic in the later afternoon!

New York to Philadelphia Day Trip by Rail Reviewed by Anonymous, 02/17/2020

It was a really informative tour with some humor thrown in here and there. Our tour guide, Terry, was very interesting and had some great facts and stories about the area. Remember it is an outdoor tour, so make sure you dress accordingly. Would definitely recommend this tour to others.

Philadelphia: Grim, Dark, and Twisted History Tour Reviewed by Rebecca, 03/13/2020

Very interesting museum, especially if you are a history buff like me. The tent reveal was cool, if a little overblown. Well worth a few hours.