Philadelphia, a center of American history, offers residents and visitors not only the thrill of a historic city, but also a bustling, modern metropolis.
The diverse and unique neighborhoods of Philadelphia offer a wide range of things to do. From great restaurants to museums and shopping, Philly does not disappoint. Luckily, Philadelphia is also above average in walkability when compared to other cities, so a car is not needed in most areas.
Among the most notable areas to visit in Philadelphia is Washington Square West, a neighborhood comprised of three sub-areas: Washington Square West, Midtown Village, and the Gayborhood. Washington Square is where you’ll want to go for relaxation and a nice afternoon walk, while Midtown Village is the spot for trendy restaurants, eateries and specialty shops. The Gayborhood is one of Philly’s most LGBT-friendly communities and one of the most lively and energetic neighborhoods in the area.
If great shopping is what appeals to you most, Old City, located in Center City, is home to Independence Mall and the Shops at Liberty Place. Washington Square West is also home to Jeweler’s Row and Antique Row, both fascinating shopping areas to visit when exploring Philly. For a larger and more varied selection of stores, head out of town to nearby King of Prussia Mall, a premier shopping destination on the East Coast.
On the contrary, if a peaceful and more quiet environment seems more appealing, the best recommendation would be to visit Spring Garden, a laid-back community surrounded by the best museums in Philadelphia and Market East, home of the Reading Terminal Market and Macy’s Center City.
While in town, don’t forget to visit the historical landmarks that make Philadelphia such an East Coast gem. If time is of the essence, be sure to check out Independence National Historical Park first. This park houses Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Congress Hall, all of which make Philadelphia such a unique place thriving in history. Other prominent Philly attractions include The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you’re in town for the summer, Old City’s Penn’s Landing offers a variety of festivals and activities to enjoy. One not to miss is the “Screenings Under the Stars”Â held every Thursday night in July and August, when a different film is shown outdoors under the summer stars.
Oh, and when in Rome, do as the Romans do! Keep yourself well-nourished with an authentic Philly Cheesesteak! Check out John’s Roast Pork for a fix of the local favorite. You won’t regret it!