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Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania is the second-largest city on the East Coast of America. Colloquially known as ‘Philly’, Philadelphia is a major business and industrial centre, with a strong arts and culture focus. International cuisine, beautiful parks and outdoor monuments, nightlife, zoos and museums, Philly is full of things to see and do. The city has been rated one of the best in the country to discover by walking. With many parks and attractions to serve as rest spots, you can easily find your way around. With 14 distinct neighbourhoods to discover, set on the banks of the Delaware River, Philadelphia is a beautiful and vibrant city for tourists.
One Perfect Day Upper East Side New York
There are perfect days and not-so-perfect days when traveling. Kerry Widdup went in search of classic New York dining and drinks venues for a perfect Upper East Side day.
One of Philly’s five open spaces historically designed for public recreation, Franklin Square is a downtown hub of history, family fun and activity. Managed by the National Park Service, Franklin Square is notoriously a family-friendly area. Activities include carousel rides, mini golf, picnic areas, fountain, storytelling bench, and a special burger house. The home for many special seasonal events, Franklin Square hosts the Annual Historic Philadelphia Pumpkin Fest in October and New Year Countdown. Photo by Kim Woodbridge, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
King of Prussia Mall
The largest shopping mall in America belongs in the heart of Philly, boasting over 400 stores, 7 department stores, 40 eateries and an undeniable upscale reputation. 20% of the mall’s shoppers are tourists, and with 5 different food courts to choose from, you’ll find something to suit your mood. Shake Shack, Dunkin’ Donuts, Haagen-Daaz, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Chick-fil-A, The Cheesecake Factory; the food courts are practically a tourist destination in themselves.
Nicknamed ‘LOVE Park’, JFK Plaza in Centre City is famous for its Robert Indiana Love sculpture. Built in 1965, the park features fountains and the iconic Love sculpture which was designed for America’s bicentennial celebrations in 1976. The gateway to the Benjamin Franklin parkway, Love Park is a place of relaxation and reflection for tourists and locals alike. As a bonus, some of the city’s top food trucks often come to rest here, so you’re more than likely to grab a top Philly bite to eat.
Philly Steak Goodness
Debuted in 1930 and one of Philadelphia’s signature dishes, Philly cheese steak is the unique sandwich made out of thinly sliced steak and melted cheese (often ‘cheese whiz’ or provolone). Locals refer to the dish simply as cheese steak or cheesesteak. But it’s not just any bread used for this creation. It simply has to be a long, white, thin bread roll that isn’t too hard or soft. Other toppings may include peppers, ketchup, fried onions and sautéed mushrooms. Due to the immense popularity of this cult favourite, there’s a distinct competitiveness amongst restaurants as to who does it best. Delassandro’s in Roxborough is for you if you prefer your beef thinly chopped. Pat’s on Passyunk Avenue is for those who like their cheese whiz nice and gooey. Geno’s on South 9th Street is open 24 hours a day for an authentic cheesesteak at the heart of ‘Cheesesteak corner’.
The Liberty Bell Centre
A symbol of American independence, the liberty bell is an iconic Philadelphian tourist attraction. In 1776 the bell rung from Independence Tower, a historical moment in which Philadelphian residents first heard the Declaration of Independence. The bell is visible from the street 24 hours a day and is tapped gently both on Independence Day and on Martin Luther King Day. The Centre itself is filled with graphics and stories about the bell and its symbolism of freedom, and soaring glass walls offer great views of Independence Hall.