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Philadelphia might be located at a distance of just 90 miles from New York City, but it could not be any more different than its famous neighbour. Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities of America and it resembles everything that a typical East Coast life looks like. Its beautifully preserved buildings from another generation offer great insights into what America used to look like in the older days and its modern day neighbourhoods, gleaming skyscrapers, countless museums, restaurants and bars allow tourists to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Philadelphia is also known to be one of the most ethnically mixed cities in the US and it has substantial populations of Asians, Italians, Eastern Europeans and African Americans who live in complete peace and harmony. In fact, its diverse communities also make Philadelphia a cultural palette that allows it to bombard its visitors with sights, sounds, cuisines and styles from all over the world.

Philadelphia is an ideal place to spend your weekends. Adding a day or two might also help. With so many things to see such as the Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell that allows you to stand at the very spot where the Declaration of Independence was once signed, the Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Zoo and with countless neighbourhoods to explore, you would be better off having the luxury of those extra few days on your itineraries. Donít forget to sample the world famous Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich while in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Independence National Historical Park
Independence Visitor Center located at 6th and Market Streets
What is it? On July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang out from the tower of Independence Hall summoning citizens to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Today the Hall stands proudly, revered as the birthplace of the American nation, in Independence National Historical Park, an eight-block historic neighbourhood in the very centre of old Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell itself is on display here, in a pavilion in Market Street between 5th and 6th Street. Independence Hall on Chestnut Street was originally built as the Pennsylvania State House in 1732, but became famous after first the Declaration of Independence and later the Constitution of the United States was ratified here. The rest of the 45-acre Independence Park is packed with historically significant buildings and museums, interpreting the events and lives of the movers and shakers involved in Philadelphia's years as capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800, including George Washington and John Adams. About 20 buildings are open to the public daily, with times varying according to season. Advance tickets are required for Independence Hall, obtainable from the adjacent Visitor's Centre or bookable in advance through the National Parks Service. Hours of Operation: Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Center: daily 9am to 5pm. Independence Visitor Center: daily 8.30am to 5pm Phone:(215) 597 8974, or (215) 965 7676 (Independence Visitor Center)



2. Franklin Institute Science Museum
222 North 20th Street
What is it? Philadelphia's most visited museum, the Franklin Institute on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, opened in 1934 and fast became recognised for its innovative and imaginative exhibits that demonstrate the influence of science in our lives. The museum complex is divided into four sections. Firstly the Franklin National Memorial is dedicated to Benjamin Franklin, featuring a huge statue of its namesake and a collection of memorabilia associated with the great man. The second section features a collection of hands-on and interactive science and technology exhibits, ranging from a walk-through model of a heart to a lightning gallery. This section also includes the Discovery Theatre where scientific shows are given each afternoon, and a puzzle section. The basement area is the location of the Fels Planetarium. The third section consists of the Mandell Futures Center, a relatively new addition to the museum's offerings, which features eight futuristic permanent interactive exhibits covering space, earth, computers, chemistry and health. There is also an Imax theatre arena here showing a variety of films. Lastly the museum offers the CoreStates Science Park, located on the lawn between the main museum buildings. This is a garden full of high-tech play structures like a stand-on organ, maze and a high-wire bicycle. The museum also features several restaurants and a snack bar. Hours of Operation: Daily 9.30am and 5pm. IMAX Theater is open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays Phone:(215) 448 1200



3. Philadelphia Museum of Art
Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 26th Street
What is it? Philadelphia's elegant art museum, established in the 1870s, houses a permanent collection of more than 400,000 works in 200 galleries, recognised as being one of the finest art assemblages in America. Exhibits include not only magnificent paintings, but also sculptures, period furniture and historic rooms. The beautiful building that houses this collection is built in the style of a Greco-Roman temple and stands on a hilltop off Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The two-storey building is designed with L-shaped wings leading off a central court, and exhibits are arranged in period groupings. The museum also has a cafeteria and a formal restaurant, and regularly hosts visiting exhibitions. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm (until 8.45pm on Fridays, offering music, talks, film shows and social gatherings) Phone:(215) 763 8100, or (215) 684 7500



Philadelphia holidays - Top Events


1. Mummer's Parade

From 2007-01-01

To 2007-01-01

What is it? With its origins in the 1800s, the Philadelphia Mummer's Parade is the traditional celebration of the New Year and one of the country's oldest folk customs. Mummery in America is as unique to Philadelphia as Mardi Gras is to New Orleans, and various groups of mummers (masked or costumed merrymakers) compete for originality, themes and costumes in a colourful extravaganza of feathers, sequins, elaborate floats, music and dance. The parade consists of three divisions, the Comics, who are an unstructured division of dancing clowns and satirical performers; the outrageously dressed Fancy Costume Brigade; and the String Bands with marching musicians and precision drills. Where is it? Broad Street



2. Gettysburg Reenactment

From 2007-07-06

To 2007-07-08

What is it? The Battle of Gettysburg was the most significant battle of the American Civil War. Over three days in early July, the blood of almost fifty thousand soldiers was split on the fields outside the town of Gettysburg, in the battle that would become the turning point of the civil war. Today, a re-enactment of the battle takes place as close to the original days (1-3 July) as possible featuring tens of thousands of participants and spectators to educate and make aware of the early violent past of this powerful nation. The event is hugely popular and receives visitors from all across the United States. There are plenty of food and merchandise stalls too. Where is it? Gettysburg




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