It was both Rocky’s playground and the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Philadelphia is a historical and cultural stronghold of the United States. This makes it an essential place to visit on the East Coast, midway between New York and Washington.
Philadelphia has a rich history, with numerous examples to be found in the city centre. Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was ratified, can be visited within the Independence National Historical Park, not far from the Delaware River. Just opposite, you can also take a look at the Liberty Bell, which sounded at the moment of signing. Philadelphia’s heart also beats to the rhythm of a very rich culture. Lose yourself in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, located in the heart of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Like Rocky, climb the museum steps, as in the famous scene from the film saga. You can also pose, at the foot of the steps, next to the statue of Rocky, which was commissioned by Sylvester Stallone in 1980, before he donated it to the city. True poetry lovers, "Philly" (for short) invites you into the world of Edgar Allan Poe. The house where he lived for six years can be visited near Spring Garden Street and the Poplar district.
"Philly" also offers its fair share of entertainment. Alongside the Spring Garden district, young and old can dive into the world of science and enjoy exciting interactive experiences at the Franklin Institute. One of the world’s biggest animal kingdoms awaits you at Philadelphia Zoo, to the north-west of the city. The entertainment also covers food at the legendary Reading Terminal Market in the city centre. Or maybe you’d rather sign up for an oh-so-famous cheesesteak near the Pennsport neighbourhood.
Philadelphia has a historical and cultural heritage of great value, making it an essential destination in America’s East.
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