Rich in American history as much as its classic 17th-century architecture, Philadelphia is a great way to watch the story of America’s founding unfold, whether you’re a business traveler checking into the Philadelphia Convention Center or a passerby looking for fun historic landmarks. Seeing the beauty of the region is especially easy with so much to do, from the crack in the Liberty Bell to the resounding echoes heard within Independence Hall. Look forward to it with even more ease by utilizing the city’s SEPTA transportation system, Philly’s chief network in rapid transit rides including the Market-Frankford Line and Broad Street Line, plus a variety of commuter rails, trolleys, light rails, and downtown subways. Those wanting to stay close to the Philadelphia International Airport should book a hotel on Bartram Avenue for the perk of shuttles, or go private with a variety of sedan, SUV, and chartered bus vehicles.
Take the day in stride, whether you’re interested in going on a stroll through cobblestone alleyways or simply meditating in an ornate church on the east side, all by going with the flow. Start the morning with a view of the city from the One Liberty Observation Deck, located along Market Street and offering jaw-dropping vistas from 57 floors high, afterward getting lost in the enlightening science exhibits and planetarium at The Franklin Institute on 20th Street. Take time to explore the gorgeous nature that surrounds the region as well, choosing between the tranquil boardwalks at Morris Arboretum at The University of Pennsylvania or the 50+ miles of scenic trails at Wissahickon Valley Park. End the evening at Elfreth’s Alley, watching the glow of the Delaware River while looking forward to countless nearby eateries, whether it’s the gastropub vibes at Race Street Café or the rustic early-America feel at Revolution House.