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Visiting Philadelphia

Home of the cheesesteak and the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia mixes history and sophistication with down-to-earth spunk. Independence Hall and the cobblestones of Society Hill take visitors back a few centuries, while more modern-day things to do include the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the King of Prussia Mall.

Despite the city’s admitted obsession with cheesesteaks, restaurants in Philadelphia do serve other things. You can get dim sum in Chinatown, or nearly any cuisine or ingredients imaginable at the Reading Terminal Market. Philly also has a nightlife; check out the neighborhood called Fishtown for funky bars and a music scene. And as far as ... Read More
Home of the cheesesteak and the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia mixes history and sophistication with down-to-earth spunk. Independence Hall and the cobblestones of Society Hill take visitors back a few centuries, while more modern-day things to do include the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the King of Prussia Mall.

Despite the city’s admitted obsession with cheesesteaks, restaurants in Philadelphia do serve other things. You can get dim sum in Chinatown, or nearly any cuisine or ingredients imaginable at the Reading Terminal Market. Philly also has a nightlife; check out the neighborhood called Fishtown for funky bars and a music scene. And as far as hotels in Philadelphia, you have much to choose from. If you’re interested in early United States history, consider a hotel in the Historic District; for a special trip, consider a boutique or luxury hotel; and if Fido is traveling with you, Philadelphia’s got pet-friendly hotels, too.

No matter where you end up staying, you’ll probably need to find a flight. But first, check out IgoUgo travelers’ Philly photos for an idea of all the City of Brotherly Love has to offer—you just may want to extend your travel dates.    Close

Stories and Tips Philadelphia

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The City of Brotherly Love

Written by Liam Hetherington on 13 Nov, 2011

They call it ‘the City of Brotherly Love’, and as a city I found it very easy to love Philadelphia. Having just arrived on the Greyhound from New York the contrast couldn’t have been more different. Despite Philadelphia’s size its centre was compact and…Read More


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Wanderings and Musings of Philadelphia

Written by stvchin on 08 Jul, 2010

This was my first time I’ve ever step foot in Philadelphia, and this is simply a compilation of my observations and experience on a short little side trip there.My friend and I weren’t originally even going to stop in Philadelphia. We were simply going to…Read More


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Skateboarding FDR in Philly

Written by Philly_Girl on 15 Aug, 2005

When my 17-year-old nephew came to visit this summer, I planned to take him to all the historical sites of Philadelphia. You know the ones, the Liberty Bell, Valley Forge, etc. Evidently though, he had done his research, and he had a slightly different…Read More


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Philadelphia's Fast Food

Written by Owen Lipsett on 06 Jul, 2005

The farmland to the east and west of Philadelphia produces the best meats, milk, and produce on the United States' East Coast - which plays a major part in Philadelphia's large number of fine restaurants. Fitting for a city as justly famous for its…Read More


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The Streets of Philadelphia

Written by Owen Lipsett on 06 Jul, 2005

Philadelphia’s streets were famous long before Bruce Springsteen memorialized them, as the first in the United States laid out according to a grid system. Indeed, Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited in the United States, numbers among them. But it’s not the individual…Read More


Wing Bowl

Written by ephraim on 28 Jun, 2001

OK, this is one of the stangest things I have ever seen in my life. I realize the sweeping import of that statement, but I''ll just take a deep breath and try and begin to explain the Wing Bowl. Every year the morning guys on…Read More


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Yesterday’s History as Today’s Inspirations

Written by Jose Kevo on 14 Jun, 2005

A volunteer staff member at the Spanish Harlem Youth Center was also teaching U.S. history to public-school eighth-graders. We'd had frequent conversations about his students failing due to lack of interest and effectiveness in the classroom. Coordinating a day off, plans were to…Read More


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Philly Phavorites

Written by Jose Kevo on 14 Jun, 2005

Trying to thoroughly familiarize myself with Philly one day at a time has been rather futile when considering a 1-week in-depth stay couldn't begin to scratch the surface of major attractions. Here's additional recommendations, heading west-to-east from the downtown area, that have been checked…Read More


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Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site

Written by kjlouden on 18 Aug, 2005

We’re early (trying to beat the heat), but the attraction is open between 9am and 5pm Wednesday through Sunday in the winter months and 7 days a week in summer. The door seems locked, but as I am "gently rapping," a rollicking ranger throws open the…Read More


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An IgoUgo Rendezvous

Written by kjlouden on 20 Aug, 2005

David and I have only to ride the elevator up to the next floor to meet zabelle and Al. When the door opens, we are glad to see each other! Even Al and David seem like old friends. Their room is a suite, so…Read More


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