Reading Terminal Market
One of the oldest and largest public markets in America, housed in a Natural Historic Landmark building. You can find all sorts of amazing local and exotic produce here, alongside an array of the finest seafood, cheeses, baked goods and confectionary. You will be like a kid in a candy store walking around, scoping out all the delicious tasters and your nose will lead you to them. The homemade confections and baked goods are made on-site. It's not all about eating though; there are also souvenirs, cookbooks, herbs and flowers to be found.
There is no shortage of great museums to visit in Philadelphia and there is definitely something for everyone. From the Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Barnes Foundation to the African American Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History and the Museum of the America Revolution; you're spoilt for choice.
The Liberty Bell
As you approach the bell, large historical documents and images explore the facts and myths surrounding it and then you can get up close and personal. The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence and should definitely be on your to-do list when in Philly. Not convinced yet? Well, amazingly, it is FREE!
Being the place where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution was signed, you can imagine how important a landmark this is in America. For that reason, it is a must-see on a tour of Philadelphia. Like with the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia is very generous and allows you to collect free tickets to take a tour of the building from the visitor's centre.
The LOVE Statue
Found in the iconic John F. Kennedy Plaza or as it is better known, the LOVE Park. You can't help but smile at all the photos being taken with the LOVE statue full of hugs, kisses and hearts. In the city of Brotherly love, it is only right to witness the giant love sign!
The Rocky Statue and Steps
Outside the Museum of Art, you will notice a lot of people running up and down the steps. For some locals, this has now become part of the norm for their workout routine. For others, the novelty of running up the same 72 steps as Rocky is still very much there. Even if you are not a Rocky fan, the journey to the top is worth it just for the incredible view of Philadelphia's skyline! For those who really are a fan, there's also a statue of Rocky himself nearby but be warned - he attracts quite the queue!
The Eastern State Penitentiary
This is quite an eerie place, being a former prison that used to rehabilitate prisoners through solitary confinement. The penitentiary closed in 1972 and is now full of rustic bars and empty corridors. One of the biggest reasons people come to visit is to walk the same grounds as some of the infamous criminals who have been kept here, including Al Capone. You can now go and have a look around with an audio guide, narrated by Steve Buscemi and incorporates the voices of prior guards and inmates. If you're there in October, we dare you to venture inside during their Halloween specials!
Somewhere for a Philly Cheesesteak!
Now for delicacies, the Philly Cheesesteak is a must. The locals swear that there's nowhere else that does one even near as good as Philly, so while you're there you might as well take advantage. There are many places you can get one from but we personally recommend Steve's Prince of Steaks or the famous Geno's. Pick your cheese and if you want it with or without onions and you're set!
If like us, you are vegetarian or vegan, you can still get in on the famous snack too! The two that are listed as the best are Govinda's and Blackbird Pizzeria, both offering the famous 'whiz' cheese used on the sandwich, in vegan form. Enjoy and share your photos with us!
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