From the narrow blocks of South Philly with its friendly residents talking to each other on the stoops of their row homes, to the Great Northeast and its tree-lined streets, Philadelphia is a city of wonderful, unique neighborhoods that beg to be explored. The area is very walkable, so you and Bark Twain can take advantage of the many dog-friendly hotels in Philadelphia—such as the Red Roof Inn-Oxford Valley —to serve as home base on your historical voyage through the City of Brotherly Love. Along the way, not only will you discover the place where American democracy was born, you’ll encounter open parks where you can play fetch, enjoy a pint of beer brewed from the recipe of our Founding Fathers, and sample a deliciously greasy cheesesteak.
What are the best historical sites to visit in Philadelphia?
In a city renowned for its history, it can be difficult to select which historical sites to visit. Luckily, many pet-friendly hotels in Philadelphia, like The Warwick Hotel in Rittenhouse Square are centrally located. You can easily take most of them in during a stroll around the Old City neighborhood. Here are some of the best:
- Independence Hall: No trip to Philadelphia would be complete without a visit to the building where the Declaration of Independence was signed.
- Liberty Bell: Just outside of Independence Hall, you’ll find the enduring symbol of American freedom, infamous crack and all.
- National Constitution Center: Two blocks north of the Liberty Bell, you’ll find a museum dedicated to the other historical document associated with the city and significant to the nation as a whole.
- Reading Terminal Market: After you’ve filled up on revolutionary history, head seven blocks down Market Street to sample the wares of local farmers, craftsmen, and chefs at this renovated train station.
- Mütter Museum: The collection of medical oddities at the College of Physicians exhibit include parts of Einstein’s brain, an array of skulls, and antique medical instruments.
How do you find authentic cheesesteak in Philly?
The Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal. That is not the case with cheesesteaks, however. Equally important to seeing the Liberty Bell is enjoying a proper cheesesteak. If you want a truly authentic shaved rib-eye on a traditional Amoroso roll, we recommend the following spots:
- Pat’s King of Steaks: When you want authentic, go to the original. Pat’s has been serving them up since 1930. That is a lot of beef!
- Geno’s Steaks: Directly across the awkwardly angled intersection from Pat’s is Geno’s—the other South Philly classic. Make sure you order properly or they’ll send you to the back of the line to try again. (Just say “Whiz with” for a steak sandwich covered in melted Cheez Whiz and fried onions.)
- Dalessandro’s: If you ask a local for the best steak in the city, they’ll send you to Dalessandro’s in the Roxborough neighborhood. It’s worth the trip from anywhere in the city.
When you use Travelocity to book your vacation to “The City That Loves You Back,” you can start a revolution against high prices and write your own Declaration of Savings on your pick of Philadelphia pet-friendly hotels. Either that, or you can treat Bark Twain to a second cheesesteak.