Philadelphia

Take a deep breath. Could that be revolutionary fervor floating in the air? Maybe it’s just the delicious, bubbling smell of cheesesteaks.

The city of Philadelphia takes heavily after its most famous resident, Benjamin Franklin. Both were complex, filled with unusual talents, and have an unimpeachable place in the founding of the nation. It’s easy to think of “Philly” as just a town steeped in history; after all, a walk along Independence Mall will take you to such icons as the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall, where a bunch of sweating guys in wigs and stockings created the United States of America.

Don’t stay too long in the past, however. Yes, Philly loves its history, but this is also a town brimming with modern delights, like art museums, raucous Irish pubs, and glorious parks. In other words, you don’t have to be the leader of your local Revolutionary War re-enactment guild to discover plenty of things to do in Philadelphia.

For one thing, there’s the cheesesteaks. For another thing…there are more cheesesteaks. And if you have one too many, well, you can always take a little sprint up the steps of the Museum of Art like another of the city’s famous sons. Don’t you dare tell anyone from Philly that Rocky isn’t real.

If your cheesesteak-filled belly isn’t up for a stair sprint, that’s not your only option for movement. Don’t dwell on what to do in Philadelphia; get out of your car and enjoy one of America’s most walkable cities. Philly is also known for its fabulous and prolific outdoor art, cobbled alleyways, and historic squares. Plus, how can you say that you literally walked in the footsteps of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and John Jay (he was a Founding Father, too—look him up) if you didn’t actually do any walking?

If you’re itching for some brotherly love, it’s time to grab one of our Philadelphia vacation packages and head to where it all began.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Philadelphia

How much does the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia weigh?

The Liberty Bell weighs 2,080 pounds, or 943 kilograms. It was made in 1751 to mark the 50-year anniversary of Pennsylvania's first constitution. No one knows when it got its first crack, but the large one that retired it from duty appeared when it rang to commemorate Washington's birthday in 1846.

What does Philadelphia mean?

If you've ever wondered why Philadelphia is nicknamed "The City of Brotherly Love," it's because that's exactly what Philadelphia means. It's a combination of the Greek philos (loving) and adelphos (brothers). William Penn named it after Philadelphos, a city mentioned in the Bible.

Who founded Philadelphia?

In 1681, King Charles II of England granted what would become Pennsylvania to William Penn to settle a massive debt to Penn's father, Admiral William Penn. The younger Penn named the colony in honor of his father and established Philadelphia in 1862.