Known as the birthplace of America, Philadelphia offers a window into the country's formation as well as a delicious taste of America's present-day diversity. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both signed here, and Independence National Historical Park provides free tours as well as souvenirs and shady resting spots. Cheap hotels in Philadelphia are abundant near Independence Hall, where you can view the Liberty Bell in its own pavilion.
Out and About in Philadelphia
One of the country's most walkable cities, Philadelphia highlights its attractions with countless "Walk! Philadelphia" signs and maps. With more public art than any other city in the U.S., Philadelphia boasts a plethora of outdoor murals, sculptures, and mosaics. Hotels in center city Philadelphia offer easy access to sightseeing, including the Rocky statue outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you give into temptation and imitate Rocky by sprinting up the museum steps, you can replenish your energy with the city's uniquely hearty food and drink.
Eating and Drinking
Which food comes to mind when you think of Philadelphia? The cheesesteak, of course. For the uninitiated, it's a soft roll filled with grilled steak slices with fried onions, cheese, and a ton of condiments. Benjamin Franklin is said to have invented the cheesesteak to lure British troops into eating so much that they'd be unable to fight. For more homespun Philadelphia cuisine, take to the many stalls at the Reading Terminal Market for a delicious sampling of Amish and Italian specialties, as well as the best soft pretzels in town.
From most Philadelphia hotels, you'll be able to find friendly neighborhood restaurants to which you may be able to bring your own alcoholic beverages. State liquor laws are a bit complex, but many restaurants happily provide corkscrews, glasses, and mixers. America's oldest brewery is located in nearby Pottsville and Philly Beer Week in the spring is one of the city's most popular festivals. The nearby and popular Rittenhouse Hotel is one of the top-rated luxury hotels in Philadelphia, with wonderful views of Rittenhouse Square.
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