Philadelphia Holidays in 2016

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A Philadelphia Story

Often referred to as ‘the birthplace of America’, this vibrant city is jam-packed with historical attractions – Philadelphia holidays provide the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a dose of culture.

Considered as one of the oldest cities in the US, you’ll discover plenty of fascinating museums and interesting heritage sites. Take in a menagerie of modern and classical artwork at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rodin Museum or discover more of the world around you with a visit to the Franklin Institute Science Museum. Keep your eyes peeled – there is plenty more artwork to be found as you meander your way through this city - scattered on parks, squares and streets. The Magic Gardens is a must visit for culture vultures – a huge indoor and outdoor installation made entirely of mosaics.

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Aside from its cultural offerings, sport fans will find plenty to discover on holidays to Philadelphia. Catch a game at one of the city’s stadiums, whether you fancy watching the Phillies play baseball or the 76ers play basketball, it’s well worth going to experience the buzzing atmosphere of the arenas.

After all that excitement, you’ll need to refuel and a getaway to this part of Pennsylvania would be incomplete without sampling the famous Philadelphia Cheesesteak. Head to Pat’s King of Steaks for that delicious concoction of steak and cheese before taking a relaxing stroll in one of the city’s many parks. A visit to the Independence National Historic Park is well deserved on your Philadelphia city break as it is home to the Liberty Bell, one of the symbols of American independence.

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Places To Visit

For a great day out, take a trip to Chester, the original landing site of William Penn. Affectionately named after Chester, England, Chester is one of the oldest towns in the state of Pennsylvania, and bears a number of connections to the birth of the United States. Montgomery is another lovely day trip from Philadelphia. It is part of the Williamsport Metropolitan area, which is host to the Little League Baseball World Series. Montgomery is a terrific example of the beauty rural Pennsylvania has to offer.

Attractions

For a little piece of history, there is no better place in the United States than Philadelphia. Take a tour of Independence Hall, the location where the Declaration of Independence was debated, and signed. It is the centerpiece of Independence National Historic Park, along with the Liberty Bell and City Hall. The Liberty Bell is beautifully constructed, and was tinged when the Declaration of Independence was passed.

Nightlife

Nightlife in Philadelphia is fun, and full of choices for all travelers. There are clubs, a growing, and stunning culinary scene, street food and bars of all sorts. Restaurants owned, and operated, by chefs made famous by the show, Iron Chef America, anchor the culinary map: Masaharu Morimoto and Jose Garces. But, if fine dining isn’t your thing, Philadelphia has some of the most well known, delicious street food in the world, such as the world famous Philly Cheesesteak. Head over to Geno’s or, Pat's King of Steaks, where the Cheesesteak is said to be invented.

Hotels

Sofitel Philadelphia is the perfect hotel for the traveler looking to spoil themselves on their holiday to Philadelphia. This fantastic location has a terrific mix of American style, and French elegance. It has the finest amenities, and a terrific location. But, if you’re looking to travel on a smaller budget, then the Holiday Inn Historic District is just the place for you. Here you’ll get great location for a great price.

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Attractions

If you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, visit the City of Brotherly Love. Take in an afternoon at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where a wide range of beautiful pieces ranging from Turner, Cezanne, Manet and Van Gogh. Also, they get the best revolving exhibitions touring the world, so visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Also, leading up to the museum you’ll walk along some of the most iconic steps in the history of steps. The famous steps from the Rocky films are the exact ones that lead you to the front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you’re interested in history, a trip to the Valley Forge Historic Park, where you’ll see this famous Revolutionary War battle recreated in a perfectly preserved state. It’s a great day out, and you’ll get a bit of American history while you’re at it.

Things To Do

Philadelphia doesn’t have the same artistic pedigree as a place such as New York, but don’t be fooled into thinking Philadelphia doesn’t have much in the way of art to offer you on your holiday this year. The Museum of Art is home to fantastic exhibits, but if you’re a bibliophile than you can’t miss the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, which is home to a Gutenberg Bible, the stuffed body of Charles Dickens's pet raven Grip and medieval manuscripts. But, if you prefer a little music, pay a visit to the Opera Company of Philadelphia, which is the oldest opera house in continuous use for its original purpose in the United States.

Nightlife

Philadelphia is an excellent holiday destination for couples as it is home to some of the finest dining in the United States. Well known from their regular spots on the hit Food Network show, Iron Chef America, Masaharu Morimoto and Jeff Garces, have transformed the Philadelphia culinary scene into one of the premiere dining destinations in the nation. Though Philadelphia has number of clubs to choose from, it is not a scene it is necessarily known for. What Philadelphia is known for are the local bars. Every neighbourhood has one, and is the unofficial gathering place for each, so wherever you choose to stay, find your local, and experience the community at its best.

Hotels

For couples looking for a romantic getaway, the perfect place to book in Philadelphia is the Radisson Plaza Warwick hotel. This fantastic hotel is a mere step from some of Philadelphia’s famous museums, and historical sites. But, along with its proximity, this wonderful hotel has fantastic amenities that would appeal to any couple looking to get away.

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Places To Visit

Delaware is a beautiful, easy twenty miles from Philadelphia proper. Here you’ll find wonderful beaches, and a number of truly fantastic historical sights you won’t want to miss on your trip to the East Coast of the United States. Also close is Bucks County, an important location during the Revolutionary War, and to America’s Colonial past. Bucks County is home to ten covered bridges and a Quaker markets.

Activities

The counties surrounding the greater Philadelphia area are full of wonderful outdoor activities. There is boating, fishing and horseback riding, exploring the historic past of Pennsylvania and more. With rich farmlands, and a beautiful green countryside, there are endless places for you to get lost in, so come and pay it a visit. There are plenty of shops to browse as well - why not head to Philadelphia during the winter season for some Christmas shopping?

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Bars and restaurants are everywhere in Philadelphia, which is why it is such a fantastic holiday destination. Local bars constitute much of the bars in Philadelphia. These are the best places to visit as they represent the community they are in. Acting much less like a typical bar, the local bars in Philadelphia act more like community gathering points, which make nights out uniquely fun. There are number of terrific places to find food in Philadelphia. From street food to fine dining, and everything in between, Philadelphia is a foodie haven.

Hotels

If you were looking to explore not only Philadelphia, but also the area surrounding, then stay somewhere such as the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. This great hotel is a short distance from the city centre, but close to the motorways, so that you’re exploration of the areas surrounding this beautiful part of the world will be easy, and hassle free.

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Philadelphia Family Holidays

Attractions

During your holiday to Philadelphia take a trip to Franklin Square. Here you’ll find one of the four historic squares created by William Penn. Franklin Square has a Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course, two playgrounds, and a gift shop. The Please Touch Museum is another great family day out, as it is exactly what the name implies: a place where touching the exhibits is highly encouraged. Longwood Gardens should also be on your list of sites to see, as it is one of the most impressive botanical gardens in all of the United States. It is also host to outdoor performances and themed attractions.

Activities

One of the most special activities is a helicopter tour of Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas. Tours of the skyline are available, both during the day, and at night. It is a truly memorable experience you won’t want to miss. But, if you’re looking to get up close and personal with some of the most incredible science exhibits in the world, then visit the Franklin Institute Museum. For a truly unique experience, visit all 11 Once Upon a Nation Storytelling benches. These benches are dotted around the main historical sites of the old town, and storytellers are seated there to tell about the history.

Nightlife

Philadelphia is a worldly city that offers a lot in the way of restaurants and bars. There is a rich bar, and club scene here, so depending on where you stay, you are certainly going to find something that suites you. But, something you can’t miss on a trip to Philadelphia is the street food, particularly a Philly Cheesesteak, well known, and well famous around the world. For these you’re going to want to visit Pat’s King of Steaks, where it was invented, and the just as famous, Geno’s.

Hotels

We know that holidays with the kids can get a little expensive, so luckily Philadelphia is a fantastic place to visit as it is home to a number of hotels ranging from a splurge to budget. If you’re looking to budget, than book your stay at Best Western Center City - You’ll be in the centre of town, without paying downtown prices. But, if you’re looking to splurge a little bit, then the Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown is the place for you.

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