By Kelsey Llewellyn
Once the nation’s capital, Philadelphia is brimming with history and patriotism. While you won’t meet the founding fathers on your trip to this iconic city (or the original ones, at least), you’ll be in the place where revolts against King George III were conceived and “a more perfect Union” was planned. Nonetheless, while Philadelphia is often lauded for being a city of firsts, it offers far more than its historical reputation. Coined “the mural capital of the United States” and boasting more impressionist paintings than any other city (with the exception of Paris), Philadelphia is also an art lover’s paradise.
In this urban area so integral to the origins of the United States, there is a myriad of historically rich landmarks. While the extensive selection may feel overwhelming, there are a few locations you simply must see. Read our top picks of things to do in Philadelphia to discover the best things to do in the City of Brotherly Love.
History and Culture
Begin your trip to Philadelphia at Independence Hall, where the forefathers united against the King of England and framed the Constitution. During your guided tour, let National Park rangers lead you through this monumental UNESCO World Heritage Site. When walking through the Assembly Room (which is positioned as it was during the Constitutional Convention), keep your eyes peeled for George Washington’s “rising sun” chain.
Lincoln Financial Field
For a true Philadelphian experience, get tickets to a game at the Lincoln Financial Field, the home stadium of the National Football League’s Eagles. Interested in a private viewing venue? Cheer on your favorite players in one of the stadium’s rental suites.