A Piece Of Philadelphia
With its rich historical heritage, Philadelphia is one of the United States’ most visited cities. After all, both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed here. As a former capital city of the United States you could forgive Philadelphia for living on former glories – but that is not the case. Today the city is brimming with notable museums, a lively nightlife, incredible works of art and much, much more.
A Little Bit of Hollywood…
Many of us are already familiar with the iconic landmarks of Philadelphia having been introduced to them through the guise of the silver screen. A number of Hollywood blockbusters including National Treasure, Unbreakable, Trading Places and The Sixth Sense were locally-filmed while a movie tour of the city will also give you the opportunity to receive a behind-the-scenes-view of films currently being shot here such as Colin Farrell-movie Dead Man Down.
Climb the Rocky Steps…
If you only visit one box office destination during your stay there are no questions which one you should pick. A trip to Philadelphia is not complete without following the footsteps of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa in a triumphant race up the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Take advantage of a photo opportunity with the bronze statue of Rocky or better yet replicate go for a run and replicate the most famous montage sequence in the history of cinema.
Explore Philadelphia’s cultural gems, from world-renowned museums, innovative art programs, stunning architecture and captivating performing arts groups. Philadelphia has the largest collection of public art in the whole of the United States and it enjoys a rich cultural scene ranging from fine arts to avant-garde. Explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art, enjoy a performance at the Kimmel Centre, and much more.
Over the past 25 years, more than 3,500 murals have transformed the city of Philadelphia into one gigantic art exhibition. The innovative Mural Arts Program was designed to stop graffiti and enliven the buildings with results far surpassing any expectation. Highlights include the eight-storey high ‘Common Threads’ mural on the busy Broad and Spring Garden St. and the Freedom School memorial celebrating the heroes in the battle for Civil Rights.
Enjoy the culture and embrace the history of Philadelphia. You will not find many other places in the world where a simple stroll around a housing area equates to the same experience as visiting the cities leading gallery or exhibition, but that is just one of the quirks that makes great city special.
Where To Stay: Rittenhouse Hotel
Located right on Rittenhouse square, this hotel soars nine floors above the picturesque downtown and is conveniently located near many of the best restaurants and attractions throughout Philadelphia. Check in on a Friday or Saturday and if you are there before 6pm you will be greeted with champagne and strawberries.
What To Eat: Philly Cheesesteak
Cheesesteaks are a Philadelphia icon, a tourist draw and a cultural obsession. It is a long crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed rib-eye steak and melted cheese and topped with fried onions, sautéed mushrooms, ketchup and hot or sweet peppers. Why not take the Man v Food Ultimate Cheesesteak Challenge at Tony Luke’s.
What To Do: Will Smith Tour
Will Smith is a successful actor, rapper and producer and is one of the biggest icons in the world. Just like his eponymous character from the 90s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he is “West Philadelphia born and raised.” Visit all of his childhood haunts including the location where he filmed the video for his first big hit Summertime.
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