Just to the southwest of New York (a 2 hour drive away) and along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers lies Philadelphia, the second largest city on the United States' east coast. If the tourist crowds get too much for you in New York but you still want to explore a large east coast metropolis, Philly is probably the place you need to go.
Although this city offers everything you would expect from a city its size (urban population: nearly 5.5 mil) - museums, an imposing skyline, neighbourhoods with different flavors, great parks, a rich culinary scene, and so on - this city is actually far more than a generic urban replacement of New York with less tourists. Because the best part about Philadelphia (ignoring the Philly Cheesesteak) is its history. Being a former colonial city - at a point the second largest in the British empire after London - and having played an important role in the American Revolution has left its mark on the city.
Have a walk around the Old City, located at the core of the city next to the Delaware river, and you will see those (carefully maintained) marks. Home to historic buildings like the Constitution Hall, Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, if you take pictures here and look at them after getting back home you might mistake them for being taken in some European city thousands of miles away...
Once you have seen those, there's a ton of museums to check out. This city offers some of the best museums in the country. Just some examples are the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Academy of Natural Sciences.
Finally, go check out the parks (Fairmount Park or the elegant Rittenhouse Square) or head a bit further away from center, for instance to South Philly where you will find the Italian Market, a place with an interesting ethnic mix and plenty of great cafes, bakeries and restaurants. [Review by travelindicator]
- Philadelphia is a city in United States's region of Pennsylvania. It has a population of 5,441,567, is situated at an altitude of 43ft and the best airport to fly into is PHL (Philadelphia International, Philadelphia)
- The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)
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