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Philadelphia Skyline Bill Smith/PCVB One of the most historic cities in America, Philadelphia is an ideal place to spend a weekend - preferably a long one. Be sure to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed. Both are part of Independence National Historic Park. Philadelphia also boasts some outstanding art museums, including the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Franklin Institute Science Museum is one of many area attractions honoring the life and work of Benjamin Franklin, the city's most famous ambassador. After digesting all of that history, be sure you save room for a classic Philly cheese steak sandwich.

Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by William Penn, an English Quaker. King Charles II of England granted him a parcel of land that included 1,280 acres between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. Penn's chief surveyor, Captain Thomas Holmes, devised a grid pattern for the city that included five public squares, all of which remain, to realize Penn's dream of a "green countrie towne." Due to its excellent location on the Atlantic Coast and accessible port facilities, Philadelphia grew rapidly in the 18th century until it was the second largest English-speaking city in the world. It was called the Athens of the Americas as the cultural center of the New World.

Philadelphia might be most famously known as the birthplace of American democracy, but you'll find it's an ideal destination for discovery as you explore its colorful neighborhoods, learn more about its rich history and delve into its spectacular sights and attractions.

It may be the second-largest city on the East Coast, but Philadelphia will always feel manageable.

It's the kind of place that reveals its secrets easily, whether to first-time visitors or lifelong locals. With history that's practically European in its richness and complexity, neighborhoods packed with one-of-a-kind restaurants and unforgettable attractions, and a culture that welcomes people of all backgrounds, the City of Brotherly Love is all about civic pride.

Pictures of Philadelphia courtesy of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

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