There are more Impressionist paintings and Rodin sculptures in Philadelphia than in any other city outside of Paris.

From the fine arts giants along Museum Mile to colorful public sculptures and over 2000 outdoor murals, it’s a metropolis of creativity. The City of Brotherly Love is famous as the cradle of American Independence, home to the Liberty Bell and other colonial gems. But it’s also packed with fascinating museums, world-class performing arts venues and vibrant ethnic neighborhoods. And with delectable Amish and Italian markets, legendary Philly cheesesteaks and a host of trendy restaurants, there’s great dining to suit every budget.

Things to know before you go

  • Bring an extra suitcase. Philadelphia has a great range of department stores, malls and boutiques, and best of all, there’s no sales tax on clothing and shoes.
  • Connect Philly will send a text message on your cell phone to help you find a free WiFi hotspot near you. Just text them your address on 215-240-7296.
  • SEPTA’s R1 rail line provides a low-cost link from Philadelphia International Airport to Downtown in about 25 minutes. The seasonal PHLASH bus makes a convenient loop between the city’s leading attractions.

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Donna Dailey

Green Valley, Arizona

Donna Dailey is an award-winning travel writer and photographer whose work appears in a variety of international travel publications and websites.