Philadelphia – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & the Liberty Bell

Categories: Travel reports, North America, USA, Pennsylvania

After first spending a few days in New York from Denver, we picked up our rental car at the airport in Newark and took Interstate 95 to Philadelphia.


Things to know about Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. She is best known for her important role in the American Revolutionary War. The city has a population of 1.5 million and is colloquially known as “Philly” or “City of Brotherly Love”.

Our Philadelphia Hotel

Our Holiday Inn Express Midtown hotel was right in the heart of the city, so we could easily reach all major attractions on foot.

The Liberty Bell

The landmark of Philadelphia and the most important American symbol of freedom and democracy is arguably the Liberty Bell, located in the Liberty Bell Pavilion (Independence National Historical Park). Entrance to the pavilion is free. Here you can also read the history of the Freedom Bell: The Liberty Bell was rung when the American Declaration of Independence was first read out to the public in Independence Square in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.

Die Independence Hall

Opposite is Independence Hall, the former Pennsylvania Parliament building where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 and the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Due to its historical significance, Independence Hall belongs incl. Liberty Bell has been a UNESCO World Heritage Sitesince 1979 .

A walk through the city centre

Via Chinatown we walked back to the center of the city and looked at the town hall and the adjacent Masonic Temple. In nearby Love Park, we came across one of Robert Indiana’s Love sculptures, which can be found in other cities around the world. Again and again a beautiful photo motif. At the end of the sightseeing, we went to the 72 famous Rocky Steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Starbucks Global Icon City Mug of Philadelphia

We are collecting the Starbucks Mugs from the cities and islands we visit on our travels. Unfortunately, not every city that has a Starbucks store with an own mug. But if the city has an own mug we like to collect them as a souvenir. We only collect city mugs from the "Global Icon Series", which was released in 2008. You can see our complete collection here: Starbucks - Our collection of Mugs from the Global Icon Series

Hanoi has several Starbucks stores and also its own cup 🙂

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The Starbucks City Cup of Philadelphia

All travelogues from the USA (2012)

This trip through the USA took us through 10 different states in 17 days. We started with a short stopover in the megacity Chicago. From there we continued by plane to Los Angeles and from there by rental car via Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Salt Lake City and Yellowstone National Park to Denver. For the last leg of our trip we went to the East Coast, where we visited New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. All in all an incredibly varied round trip with really many highlights.
Route USA 2012 » Illinois: Chicago – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo spots
» California: Los Angeles – Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre & Hollywood Sign
» Nevada: Las Vegas – Casinos, Fremont Street & the Las Vegas Sign
» Utah: Zion National Park – Attractions & Hiking Trails
» Utah: Bryce Canyon – Navajo Loop, Wall Street & Viewpoints
» Utah: Salt Lake City – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo spots
» Idaho: Idaho Falls – The Waterfalls & the Yellowstone Bear World
» Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park – Travel Guide & Things to Do
» Colorado: Denver – Travel Guide, Things to Do & The Zoo
» New York: New York in one day? The perfect route to walk through Manhattan
» New York: New York – One World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial
» New York: New York – Travel Guide for a visit to the Statue of Liberty
» Pennsylvania: Philadelphia – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & the Liberty Bell
» Disctrict of Columbia: Washington D.C. – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo spots