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  • Philadelphia is located in the Northeast of the United States, in between New York and

  • Washington D.C..

  • The Pennsylvanian city is home to over one and a half million people and is the nation's

  • fifth largest city.

  • Philadelphia is considered to be the birthplace of the United States.

  • It was here that the nation's Declaration of Independence from Britain was first read

  • publicly back in 1776.

  • The tolling of a two-thousand-pound bell marked the occasion.

  • The bell has since become a symbol of freedom and can be admired in the Liberty Bell Center.

  • Philadelphia is also the birthplace of the Constitution, which was debated eleven years

  • later across the road in the State House, which is now the Independence Hall.

  • America's Founding Fathers walked these Old City streets, and the many heritage buildings

  • in this area are preserved as part of the Independence National Historical Park.

  • While you are at the National Constitution Center, take in the rollicking story of prohibition

  • in the Roaring Twenties.

  • Protest against the anti-liquor law was fierce and the many arrests threw the justice system

  • off balance.

  • Perhaps the most infamous bootlegging gangster was Al 'Scarface' Capone, who spent his first

  • prison sentence in the Eastern State Penitentiary in 1929.

  • The notorious mob leader seems to have made himself well at home.

  • Take an audio tour to hear gripping stories that bring the world-famous jail back to life.

  • To hear more voices from the city's past, head to the African American Museum.

  • Its audiovisual projections and artifact collection are aimed at preserving the heritage of African

  • Americans.

  • Within Washington Square lies The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution.

  • The city's colonial past is still apparent, but nowadays Philadelphia is a modern city,

  • with plenty of art, shopping and culture.

  • Do as locals do and explore the city by bike or public transport, or hop on and off a sightseeing

  • bus.

  • Fairmount Park is the city's public backyard.

  • It's great for a walk and it showcases many architectural treasures.

  • Admire outdoor art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, or check out the Smith Memorial Arch,

  • dedicated to the military heroes of the Civil War.

  • Strike Rocky's pose on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

  • Set upon a hill, the neoclassical building is one of the largest museums in the country.

  • It has over 200 themed galleries displaying nearly 230,000 paintings, sculptures and objects.

  • The Please Touch Museum means play time for the kids.

  • Even toddlers will love this hands-on museum, where they are never hushed.

  • Who doesn't want to get lost in Wonderland for a while?

  • The interactive displays in the museum are fun and educational.

  • Children can also learn a great deal in the Academy of Natural Sciences on Logan Square.

  • Admire the displays of the various species that roam the far North and take the opportunity

  • to pet live animals.

  • For more interaction with animals visit the Philadelphia Zoo across the river.

  • Imitate the monkeys, encounter big birds, or admire any of the other wild residents

  • of America's oldest zoo.

  • To sample the local food, head straight to the old Reading Terminal Market.

  • Find out why the locals love their Cheesesteaks so much, or handpick deli treats from the

  • colorful stalls.

  • For more culinary discoveries visit Philadelphia's Italian Market on Ninth Street.

  • The district's Italian community was established in the 1880s.

  • Their love for quality food and organic produce still prevails today.

  • Philadelphia's climate is very pleasant in springtime and fall.

  • Those colorful seasons bring out the best of the city, but it's fair to say that Philadelphia

  • is stunning all year around.

  • Come to Philly any time you like!

  • You'll soon discover why Philly is so cherished by Americans.

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    Kevin Lu posted on 2014/01/29
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