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The birthplace of American independence, Philadelphia wears its history with pride. Old brick streets trundle past 18th-century buildings where the likes of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson once gathered. But Philly is also a vibrant city with farm-to-table restaurants, a buzzing bar scene and an eclectic assortment of galleries, theaters and jazz clubs.
Independence National Park, aka "America's most historic square mile," is a visitor favorite, with its shaded lawns and colonial buildings. The iconic Liberty Bell, the interactive National Constitutional Center and costumed performers help bring the past to life.
Philly’s present is just as exciting. The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the idiosyncratic Barnes Foundation house grand collections of European works. Foodies adore the old-school Italian Market and the bustling streets of Chinatown, jam-packed with authentic eateries from every province. Gastropubs, wine bars and modern American bistros dot the streets of Old City and Rittenhouse Square. Work off your meal with a run or cycle through 9200-acre Fairmount Park, with miles of leafy trails skirting along the Schuylkill River.