The Rittenhouse Guide to Your First Time in Philly
The first UNESCO World Heritage City in the USA, Philadelphia has plenty to offer. “The City of Brotherly Love” is home to all the bustle and star attractions of a big city, while retaining an inviting small-town charm. If you’re visiting for the first time, you might not know where to begin. Check out our handy Philadelphia guide to learn about the city’s highlights.
Start Where It All Started
There’s really only one place to start your tour of Philadelphia, and that’s where the United States itself was founded, at Independence Hall. It was inside this iconic building that the Declaration of Independence was signed and the US Constitution was written. Cross the street to admire the famous Liberty Bell, one of the country’s most important national symbols. And take some time to stroll around the cobbled streets of surrounding Independence National Historical Park, where you’ll find plenty of other historic gems.
Get Your Culture Fix
Benjamin Franklin Parkway is home to the city’s most important museums and is modeled after Paris’ Champs-Élysées — so you know it’s pretty. Start by honoring Philadelphia’s most famous former resident at the Franklin Institute, one of the oldest and most beloved science museums in the country. For artistic masterpieces, browse priceless works at the Barnes Foundation, and do your best Rocky impression as you run up the steps to the spectacular Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Eat It All Up
You’ll certainly be hungry by now, and trust us — in Philadelphia, that’s a very good thing. America’s oldest farmers’ market, Reading Terminal Market, has transformed into a foodie paradise packed with over 80 vendors. Here you’ll find everything from tempting culinary creations to local produce, meats, and specialty goods. And don’t get too full, because there’s no way you’re leaving the city without eating a Philly cheesesteak. No Philadelphia guide would be complete without a few recommendations, so here are some favorites: Steve’s Prince of Steaks, Dalessandro’s Steaks & Hoagies, Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop, and Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop, to name a few.
Now that you know where to go in Philadelphia, all you need to do is figure out where to stay. Located steps from another city landmark — Rittenhouse Square — The Rittenhouse Hotel puts you in prime position to enjoy all this and more. Check out the latest offers at The Rittenhouse — designed with your comfort in mind.