Welcome to Philadelphia the birthplace of America, where big-city excitement meets neighbourhood charm. The second-largest city on the East Coast, inventive and courageous, the culture of the forefathers can be felt on the streets throughout Philadelphia. Made famous as the birthplace of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," the city's strength is in the culturally diverse neighbourhoods that merge to create a unique and dynamic destination.
Relive history in "America's most historic square mile," Independence Mall, home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the new National Constitution Centre. Also located within a short march is Elfreth's Alley, the oldest residential street in the U.S.; the Betsy Ross House; Christ Church & Burial Ground; the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia's official history museum; and more. Known as the Cultural District, this neighbourhood helps tell the story of the creation of the United States of America.
Feel the pulse of the city through touring its historic and culturally rich neighbourhoods. Experience Old World heritage in South Philadelphia's 125-year-old Italian Market where the aromas and language of the old country are alive today in shops and restaurants run by generations of the original families. Or take a stroll down cobblestone streets to view the stately historic homes of the original merchants in Old City. South Street, the "hippest street in Philadelphia," is famous for its eclectic shops, diverse restaurants energetic nightlife and the best people watching in the city. With such accolades as "America's friendliest city", the "safest large city" the "City of Brotherly Love" Philadelphia is a city of jazz, blues, food and fun.
Listen to the sounds of Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts - the city's premier arts district. Check out the fantastic cuisine tasting the distinctiveness of world-renowned chefs' creations at restaurants located on Rittenhouse Row or in Old City.
Philadelphia is also home to the world's largest landscaped urban park, Fairmont Park, home to America's first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo. More than 1,600 animals from around the world, picturesque Victorian gardens, outstanding art and historical architecture set the scene for a rewarding visit to the zoo.
Centre City (downtown) shopping includes The Gallery at Market East - the nation's biggest downtown shopping centre, Rittenhouse Row, Antique Row, Jewellers' Row and South Street. A short distance away are The King of Prussia Mall, the largest mall in U.S.A., Franklin Mills discount shopping mall, Manayunk, Chestnut Hill, Peddler's Village and New Hope. (There is no sales tax on clothing or shoes in Pennsylvania!).
Only one hour by train to New York City and one hour and 45 minutes by train to Washington, D.C.
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