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UNIQUELY PHILADELPHIA: Pick your own adventure in Philly

Philadelphia isn’t just Pennsylvania’s largest city. It’s also the cultural and historical heart of the USA, with a passion for food and sports.

Philadelphia isn’t just Pennsylvania’s largest city. It’s also the cultural and historical heart of the USA, with a passion for food and sports.

Only one and a half hours from NYC by train with Amtrak Rail, Philadelphia is an absolute must on any American itinerary. It has something for everyone, literally, and needs to be experienced.

If you need a little help in putting your itinerary together, read on. Here’s how you can plan your own adventure in this amazing American city, depending on what you’re into…


If you’re a culture vulture…


Fancy whiling away an afternoon at a world-class museum or art gallery? Recently voted as the No.1 city in the USA by the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine, Philly is no stranger to the arts.

The famous Museum Mile on Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the cultural heart and soul of the city. On it, you’ll find the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which not only contains over 200,000 artefacts over a 2,000-year-old history, but also the “Rocky Steps” and Rocky statue featured in Stallone’s breakthrough film — you’ll find them at the museum’s entrance.

If you’d rather stay outside, you’ll be happy to learn that Philly is also the “Mural Capital of the World” with more than 4,000 amazing murals and sculptures found through the city.


If you’re a sports fiend…

Besides being passionate about arts and culture, Philadelphians are crazy about their sports. From baseball, basketball, NFL football, ice hockey and soccer, Philly is one of only a handful of American cities with a professional team in nine major league sports.

Get your football fix by cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles or head to Citizens Bank Park for that quintessentially American experience, catching a Phillies game. Alternatively, see a basketball or ice hockey match at Wells Fargo Center and stay at the four-star Loews Philadelphia, the country’s first skyscraper, just a short ride away from the stadiums.


If you’re a history buff…


Did you know that Philadelphia was once the capital of the United States? Considered the birthplace of America, Philly has history, and buckets of it.

Declared a World Heritage City in 2015 by UNESCO, Philadelphia has some of the oldest landmarks in the country. Take a stroll around Independence National Historical Park and visit iconic historical sites such as Independence Hall (where the American constitution was debated and eventually adopted), the Liberty Bell, and the First Bank of the United States.

Less than a 10-minute walk away, the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District is a relaxed and modern three-star hotel located right in the heart of town.


If you’re a diehard foodie…


As if Philly didn’t already have tons going for it, foodies will be delighted to learn that this historic, artistic, and sports-mad city is also crazy for its food.

Everyone has heard of the Philly cheesesteak, but if you haven’t tried one for yourself (a sandwich made from thinly sliced pieces of beefsteak and melted cheese in a long hoagie roll), then you’re just missing out on life!

There are also excellent breweries (such as the Yards Brewing Company) and restaurants (the City Tavern has been serving the same menu since the 1770s), several highly-rated food tours, and local markets, such as the Reading Terminal Market.


Stay at the five-star The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton, and you’ll be able to visit this vibrant local market and cap off the day with a sensuous massage at this exceptionally-located hotel.


For even more reasons on why a visit to Philly visit Qantas Holidays or call them on 1300 443 485

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