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Philadelphia has an extraordinarily historic background. The Declaration of Independence was signed here and the constitution was adopted in 1787. In 1680s these colonies gained independence from the British. Today the city features very historic tourists attractions, making it a vital contender in a vacationer`s to-do list.
Climate and Best Time to Visit:
Philadelphia has a humid subtropical weather. The summers are mostly hot with temperature reaching up to 78 °F. The springs and autumn are mild and pleasant. Winters can be very inconsistent - either there would be mild snowfall or the city might face strong snowstorms. Temperature can fall as low as 10°F.
Major Attractions and Sights to see:
The city is famous for its historical attractions such as the Independence Hall, Independence National Historic Park and Fort Mifflin as well as museums.
Independence Hall: Famously known for getting the Declaration of Independence signed under its roof, the Independence Hall was the State House for the Colony of Pennsylvania. The Continental Congress wrote the United States Constitution here in 1787. George Washington was chosen Commander-in-chief of the patriots here too.
Liberty Bell Pavilion: The Liberty Bell has been a symbol of independence in the US. It was taken around the country in the late 1900s to inspire the people to speak up and act for freedom. It completed its journey in Philadelphia and has remained there since 1915.
Independence National Historic Park: This area has probably got the most important historic sites regarding American history. The Liberty Bell, the Congress Hall and the Independence Hall ETC, are all lined up in this old place. You will need a whole day to tour this place.
Fort Mifflin: Built by the British in the 1770s, Fort Mifflin was taken over by the patriots. It helped significantly in defending the city from British attacks. The fort still has cannons from that time that were actually used back then!
Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Philadelphia Museum of Art has one of United States` largest collections of art. The sections include medieval galleries, the work of Renaissance and Baroque from 18th and 19th century and pictures from famous artists such as Manet, Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh and Degas. There is also a section for European art by Picasso, Miro, Mattise, Paul Klee and more. Moreover, contribution of American artists such as Thomas Eakins and Charles Wilson Peale can also be found here.
Rodin Museum: The Rodin Museum contains over a 100 sculptors by the French artist, Auguste Rodin. Although it is only some of the work done outside of France, it is still a great collection of his masterpieces.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum: The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum contains a great collection of American art from 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is also known for being the first of its kinds in the US.
Franklin Institute Science Museum: Built in the honor of Benjamin Franklin, the museum features a big marble statue of Franklin in one of the major halls. The museum has displays of Franklin`s experiments mostly concerned with physical basis of technology. Visitors are offered to try their own experiments in many fields like IT, space travel, computers and astronomy.
Eastern State Penitentiary: Built in 1829, the penitentiary was built to rehabilitate criminals. When it was opened, it was considered to be one of the most advanced and sophisticated prisons. Now, it has been closed since 1971 and open to visitors as a tourist attraction with guides showing sections that are still in the same shape as they were when the facility was active.
Fairmount Park: The Fairmount Park is a lovely park featuring famous attractions such as the Rodin Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Garden and Philadelphia Zoo. The park also has some other typical attractions such as swimming pools, tennis courts, hiking paths, gardens, playgrounds and picnic spots.
Hotels and Accommodation:Philadelphia has some great luxurious hotels with all the services that you might need during your stay here. Here are some hotels you might want to consider:
The Rittenhouse Hotel: Located at a premium spot, close to all attractions, the Rittenhouse Hotel features an elegant design with all the modern luxurious facilities such as WIFI and marble washrooms. Previous customers were very pleased by the hotel’s immaculate customer service.
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia: As you`d expect, the Ritz-Carlton has its own reputation and great services. The luxurious rooms and suites have wooden furnishings and flat-screen TVs. The location is also convenient - right next to city hall.
Hotel Monaco Philadelphia: Situated in the historic district of Philadelphia, the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is very close to historic attractions such as Independence Hall. The rooms also have been given a modern and historic touch featuring antique furnishings and LCD TVs. The hotel is famous for its restaurants such as the Stratus Rooftop and Owl Tavern.