The stories that shaped Philadelphia could fill a history book all on their own.
The area first settled by Native Americans around 8,000 BC got its name after being settled by William Penn, an English Quaker, in 1682. A century later, the city became the center of the burgeoning American revolution; this is where resident Thomas Paine handed out his seminal work “Common Sense,” where people heard the Declaration of Independence for the very first time, in the yard of the State House, and where the capital of the U.S. was established after the Revolutionary War.
Today, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall should lead any history-centered visit to Philadelphia, but beyond the bell there are many urban attractions to peruse. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located in a Grecian temple building, exhibiting Renaissance paintings, Asian art and modernist pieces from Picasso, Matisse and more.
Beyond cheesesteaks (every bit as good as they’re made out to be), Philly has lots of great American and international eateries. Reading Terminal Market, one of the oldest markets in the U.S., is home to over 80 vendors, so there is no shortage of delicious options — craft donuts, apple dumplings, soft pretzels and roast duck are just a few of the food items to gorge on.
Rittenhouse Square is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Philly, the heart of Center City, one of the original squares planned by William Penn and now home to luxury buildings and high-end restaurants.