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Steeped in history, yet moving quickly to embrace culture and the arts as well as modern trends, Philadelphia has become a fascinating amalgam of the old and the new, the historic and the modern, and the traditional and the cutting-edge. Old City, which is not only the first settled area in the city, but which now is so well known as an eclectic hotbed of original shops and restaurants that it calls itself "Hipstoric" Old City.

Philadelphia | Sightseeing

Bartram's Gardens
  • Bartram's Gardens
  • John Bartram, Royal Quaker Botanist responsible for identifying and cultivating over 200 different species of plants, spent his entire life dedicated to appreciating nature and helping it thrive. Today, his historic home and 45-acre garden site, just west of the Schuylkill River on 54th St.
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Ben Franklin Bridge
  • Ben Franklin Bridge
  • This massive blue suspension bridge crosses the Delaware River -- carrying six lanes of traffic -- and connects Philadelphia I-676 with US Route 30 in Camden NJ.
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Betsy Ross House
  • Betsy Ross House
  • Common knowledge among schoolchildren is that Betsy Ross likely sewed the first American flag, but less commonly known is her poignant and powerful life story and the origins behind the flag itself. The Betsy Ross House was built in 1740 and was the home, of course, to the iconic Betsy Ross.
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Boathouse Row
  • Boathouse Row
  • Fittingly historical and unique in the world is Philadelphia's Boathouse Row on the east bank of the Schuylkill River along Kelly Drive.
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Elfreth's Alley
  • Elfreth's Alley
  • For a charming and fascinating introduction to life in Philadelphia 300 years ago, visit Elfreth's Alley in the heart of Historic Philadelphia. The Alley was opened in 1702 and was home to the 18th century artisans and tradespeople who were the backbone of colonial Philadelphia.
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Independence Hall
  • Independence Hall
  • Philadelphia is steeped in revolutionary history, and no site in the city is more visited by patriots interested in America's birth than the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
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Independence National Historic Mall
  • Independence National Historic Mall
  • The home of two of the country's most revered symbols of freedom, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the Independence National Historical Mall is "the most historic mile" in United States.
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Kelly Drive
  • Kelly Drive
  • This four mile long road, also known as East River Drive, serves as an alternate route to the Schuylkill Expressway when traveling between the Art Museum District and Main Street Manayunk, Philly's mini "college town" sector.
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Liberty Bell
  • Liberty Bell
  • The Liberty Bell personifies the freedoms guaranteed by the nation's Constitution, although it was commissioned and created several years before that august document was penned.
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Longwood Gardens
  • Longwood Gardens
  • In 1789, landowners Joshua and Samuel Pierce planted the first specimens of what would eventually become the beautiful and elegant Longwood Gardens, located in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania. Industrialist Pierre S.
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Masonic Temple
  • Masonic Temple
  • The Masonic Temple's imposing cathedral-like facade stands as a monument to human achievement and to the history of the Masons, one of the largest fraternities in the world.
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The stunning Philadelphia Museum of Art stands at the end of the grand broad boulevard Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where it houses over 225,000 works of art and presides over a continuous and rich...
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Rocky Statue
  • Rocky Statue
  • Striking a victorious pose near the sprawling intersection of Pennsylvania and Fairmont Avenue in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum, the eight-foot, 2000-lb bronze boxer stands guard at the base of the famed 72 steps.
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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
  • Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
  • Surrounded by picturesque rocks, ponds, trees, and traditional Japanese plants, this elegant home, built in authentic 16th- century style, is one of Philadelphia's most unique and alluring attractions.
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