Philadelphia, aptly called the City of Brotherly Love, happens to be the first World Heritage City of the U.S. Having said that, the city has so many awesome hotspots that one can never fall short of things to do.The travel guide to Philly - the place of birth of the Constitution, will definitely make your visit to this city a memorable one.
When to go
The city enjoys an enviable colonial history, so visiting Philadelphia during the Independence Day celebrations can be quite exciting. While there are street performances galore during the summer, the spring season too has its fair share of admirers who come specially to see the blooming cherry blossoms.
Ways to go
The International Airport is well linked with the city centre by public transport and a high speed rail network. Once in the city, there are numerous places which can be accessed by merely walking or using the subway. There are various passes available for travel by bus, trolley or train. In case you intend to stay longer, go for a one week TransPass, which offers unlimited travel in s given area for a nominal charge. A word of caution though-avoid the mass transportation system during night hours.
Where to stay
The city centre is not only the most popular area but also the most expensive, real estate wise, in the whole of US. It is advisable to do a proper search online to determine the rates rooms are available at. For budget travelers, the airport area is quite economical if you are prepared to travel up and down to visit the City centre.
Where and what to eat
Philadelphia is known the world over for its cheese and steak sandwiches which are served in a variety of restaurants. There are many other culinary delights of this region which too should not be missed. Menu and restaurant choices run into hundreds, so do sufficient research before venturing out. A good place to begin is Geno's Steaks on the E.Passyunk avenue in South Philly.
What to see
On top of the list should ideally be a visit to Lancaster County. This large and popular Amish settlement, lies a ninety minutes drive away from Philadelphia along highway US 30. Visitors will be delighted to have a first hand experience of authentic Amish farms, local markets and sample regional cuisine at affordable prices.
For nature enthusiasts and history buffs Valley Forge is well worth a visit. This site is remembered as the place where the harsh and miserable winter almost wiped out the army of George Washington. While the Valley site can be accessed for free, there is a charge should you agree to go any of the more elaborate excursions.
All types of visitors, be it for business, leisure or exploring, find being in America's former Capital an attractive proposition. After all where else can one offer pennies on the grave of Benjamin Franklin or wait in line, just to see the broken Liberty Bell.