Holidays to Philadelphia
Because it is less cosmopolitan than New York, Philadelphia offers a better representation of real-life America. A trip to the city would not be complete without a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the largest art galleries in North America, exhibiting an exhaustive collection of artwork from Europe and Asia.
The Independent National Historical Park
One of the major highlights of all Philadelphia holidays, the Independent National Historical Park contains many of the United States' most significant historical landmarks such as the former President's House, Independence Hall and the Declaration House. The park is also home to the Liberty Bell, one of the most important monuments from the American Revolutionary Wars. It symbolises the birth of the United States of America and the independence of the thirteen original colonies from British rule.
On July 8th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to the public, four days after the document was adopted. After this event, the bell was named the 'Liberty Bell', although false rumours emerged in the 19th century the bell had been rung on July 4th itself.
Another important landmark in the park is the First Bank of the United States, built in 1795, and the Carpenters' Hall, where the First Continental Congress met in 1774. The park is also home to the headquarters of the American Philosophical Society, which was founded in the mid-18th century and is considered to be the country's first learned society.
A flourishing cultural centre
If you're a fan of Italian food, you'll love the Italian Market on South 9th Street, which is the oldest outdoor market in the country and sells anything from fresh meat to homemade pasta. Philadelphia is also known for its delicious cheesesteak, a German-Italian invention, and is acclaimed for the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, a group that performs in many countries across the world.
If you're looking for some top-quality shopping during your Philadelphia holidays, don't forget to visit the King of Prussia Mall, which is home to more than 400 retail venues and is the biggest mall in the East Coast region. If you have time, you should also visit the Valley Forge National Historical Park to the northwest of the city, which features thousands of acres of scenic rolling hills and was where the Continental Army were stationed for six months between 1777 and 1778.