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The "City of Brotherly Love" - founded by William Penn in the late 17th century - has something for everyone. Philadelphia came to prominence as the birthplace of America, hosting Revolutionary movers and shakers Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson among others. Independence Hall remains much the same as when the future of the colonies was at stake, and the Liberty Bell (crack and all) is prominently displayed in Independence National Historical Park. Most sights are located in the central part of town. Architectural eye-candy is everywhere: the ornate Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Masonic Temple contrasts with the stark ...

The "City of Brotherly Love" - founded by William Penn in the late 17th century - has something for everyone. Philadelphia came to prominence as the birthplace of America, hosting Revolutionary movers and shakers Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson among others. Independence Hall remains much the same as when the future of the colonies was at stake, and the Liberty Bell (crack and all) is prominently displayed in Independence National Historical Park. Most sights are located in the central part of town. Architectural eye-candy is everywhere: the ornate Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Masonic Temple contrasts with the stark walls of Eastern State Penitentiary - America's first. Two world-famous museums make Philadelphia a true art-lovers town. Fairmount Park, one of the largest in the country, makes greenery part of the scene. Philadelphia features a variety of unusual museums, among them the Mutter Museum with its collection of disease "samples" used by 19th-century physicians for diagnostic purposes. Nightlife abounds: dancing, music, and live performances take place citywide year round. Restaurants and lodging are top-drawer. You WILL find it here, and you will love it.

Joanne Miller
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Joanne Miller is the author of several Moon guidebooks, including Pennsylvania Handbook, Chesapeake Bay Handbook, and Maryland/Delaware Handbook.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    May-October. Many attractions are open during the winter, which is the least-crowded time to visit.