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Philadelphia Travel Tips for International Guests

Enjoy the City like a Local

Visitors from around the world are attracted to the rich history and contemporary culture of Philadelphia, recognized as the first UNESCO World Heritage City in the United States. Offering a central location, comfortable accommodations, and world-class service, The Rittenhouse is a top choice among international travelers. The following insider Philadelphia travel tips make it even easier for guests at our luxury hotel to discover the “Birthplace of American Democracy” while enjoying a local experience.

Remember to pack comfortable shoes: Philadelphia is considered one of the most walkable cities in the country. From the Liberty Bell to the Betsy Ross House to Library Hall, an impressive number of noteworthy landmarks can be appreciated just steps from The Rittenhouse. For the most informative and effortless experience, we recommend navigating the city as part of a group tour; multilingual options are available. In addition to these historical attractions, there are also museums, parks, and educational institutions within walking distance.

The authentic cheesesteak—thinly sliced beef on a crusty roll—has become an iconic menu item in Philadelphia. However, another local favorite threatens to steal the sandwich spotlight: the traditional Italian roast pork. Make your way to the original Tommy Dinic’s at Reading Terminal Market to try one of these mouthwatering sandwiches. Keep in mind, not every culinary delight is served between two slices of bread, and global cuisines are also popular around the city. Visit our area dining guide for our top neighborhood selections or make a reservation to dine with us at our Forbes Four Star rated restaurant, Lacroix.

The Rittenhouse Spa & Club is the ultimate rejuvenating retreat after a long international flight or an afternoon of sightseeing. From our calming Detox Facial to our customized Rittenhouse Massage, these indulgent treatments can be enjoyed within the comfort of our tranquil spa or in your luxurious guest room. In addition to these soothing treatments, each guest at The Rittenhouse is treated to our premier hotel amenities, including turndown service, plug adaptors, 24-hour room and concierge service, and other features to make your stay away from home completely effortless.

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