Philadelphia

Philadelphia Travel Guide

"America's Birthplace," "Philly," "The City of Brotherly Love," Philadelphia goes by many names. Home of the cheesesteak and the Liberty Bell, it's a mix of well-preserved colonial landmarks and 20th-century industrial grit. Philadelphia travel draws in visitors with the promise of ornate architectures, public squares, and plenty of modern-day music, food and art. Travel + Leisure's Philadelphia travel guide take a look at the best of the best of it all.

Things Not to Miss in Philadelphia

• Stroll through Old City and its colonial-era landmarks, such as Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell
 • Explore the city's stately public squares, such as Rittenhouse and Logan
 • Taste your way through Reading Terminal Market
 • View masterpieces on display at the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When to Go to Philadelphia

With all its colonial history, Philadelphia is a popular destination around Fourth of July. And, like the rest of the Northeastern United States, the city is subject to rising temperatures and humidity in the summers and snowfall in the winter months. Many visitors choose to travel to Philadelphia in the springtime to catch its cherry blossoms in bloom, and temperatures are comfortable throughout the autumn, too.

Articles about Philadelphia

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