The Streets Of Philadelphia

Posted on: 26 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Often overlooked by New York, its larger neighbour to the north, the historic city of Philadelphia is a tourist destination in its own right.

Once the Capital of the United States, Philadelphia is as an enviable tourist destination. Founded by English Quaker William Penn in 1682, Philadelphia is the birthplace of America. Independence was declared in the city in 1776 and in 1787 the Constitution of the United States was written. Today it is the fifth largest city in the U.S and the second largest city on the East Coast of the U.S, located between Washington D.C and New York.

Philadelphia boasts America’s most historic square mile in Independence National Historical Park. Attractions in the Park include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Carperneter’s Hall, Old City Hall, Congress Hall and Franklin Court. A variety of delightful homes in nearby Society Hill show the style of Colonial urban living while the cobblestone streets retain the original character of the 18th century.

A few blocks away is Old City, where most of the buildings date from the latter part of the 19th century, including Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America and Christ Church, where the mass is said today as it was when George Washington, Ben Franklin and other Colonial leaders worshipped there.

Philadelphia is a walkable city and easy to get around. For sightseeing, there is the option of a Trolley tour, which runs every 45 minutes, the Big Bus or Ride The Duck Tour, which all provides a fully narrated historical city overview of the city. A Citypass is valid nine days and allows entry into six major attractions.

Anyone interested in shopping will be delighted tto know that the state of Pennsylvania does not levy sales tax on clothing, so shopping in Philadelphia is extremely cheap. Levi jeans sell for the bargain price of just £23 a pair.

There are numerous department stores in the city centre, as well as numerous speciality stores along Antiques Row and Jeweller’s Row, while boutiques and galleries can be found on South Street, selling anything from souped up skateboards to modern art. But if you really want to take your shopping seriously, just 15 miles from the city centre is The King of Prussia, the largest shopping complex on the East Coast of the United States. It really is a shoppers paradise with fierce competition between the retailers – so much so in fact that many stores offer as much as 60% reductions.

There are two direct daily services from Heathrow to Philadelphia, as well as daily flights from Gatwick and Manchester.

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