Philadelphia Travel Guide for First-Time Visitors



Philadelphia or Philly is a must-see city when you are traveling to USA’s east coast. From historic places to contemporary attractions, modern eateries, colleges, stadiums, swanky neighborhoods; this city offers its residents and visitors all this and more. More in terms of events, festivals, popular shows, and culinary delights, and a cultural hotspot. 

If you are visiting this historic city for the first time, then consider this easy-to-use Philadelphia travel guide. This guide will also come in handy if are a new student in the city or have to be in Philadelphia for an extended time for work or business. You can book flights from Philadelphia to India (to all major cities) easily and any time. So, enjoy your stay. For now, prepare for the visit with the help of the following recommendations. 

Best time to Visit Philadelphia –

Other than the extremely cold winter months of December and January; the entire year is the best time to visit Philadelphia (unless the cold is not an issue for you; these months are fine too). March to May is generally considered good months for sightseeing in Philly. But fall has its own charm in the east coast. So, do no hesitate to visit Philadelphia in the summer and fall as well. If you are in Philly on work or for studies; enjoy this beautiful city in every month without worries. 

In fact, fall and winter are considered as off-peak season in Philadelphia. So, this is the right time for budget travelers. 

If you are in Philadelphia in April, cherry blossoms in the city will welcome you. 

Also Read: Best Road Trips from Philadelphia

Things to See in Philadelphia –

Keep aside a day or two depending on your itinerary for visiting historical sites in Philadelphia. Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, President’s House, Museum of American Revolution, and Betsy Ross House are important historical landmarks to see in Philadelphia. 

Visit museums in Philly such as the Benjamin Franklin Museum, National Constitution Center, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia History Museum, and many more. 

If you are visiting Philadelphia around Halloween, do not miss going to the Eastern State Penitentiary. This former prison is a tourist attraction any time of the year. But due to its sinister history, it is even more popular during Halloween. 

Go see Elfreth’s Alley; said to be ‘the oldest continually-inhabited street’ in not only the US but entire North America.

If you are a first-time visitor to Philly, take a trip to UPenn – the first university in America. Check out its iconic buildings, the beautiful campus, and the Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. 

If you want a fun experience in Philadelphia, go to Philadelphia Magic Gardens to check out the art and sculptures here by local artist Isaiah Zagar. 

Also Read: 5 Mistakes Tourist Make When Visiting Philadelphia

Things to Do in Philadelphia –

To sample Philadelphia’s iconic food; head to Reading Terminal Market. It is an indoor farmers’ market and you will find food stalls here from around the city. Particularly famous here are the stalls by the Amish community selling homemade baked goods and other fresh produce. 

Take a walk around Franklin Square, which is a city park named after, of course, Benjamin Franklin. You will find both locals and tourists milling around the famous fountain in the park. 

Indulge in some shopping in Philadelphia by going to the site of the City Hall. Once you get the fill of the famous LOVE sign at the city’s LOVE Park (officially John F. Kennedy Plaza); head to Market Street (formerly High Street), Walnut Street, and Chestnut Street to shop from boutiques and other famous shops in Philadelphia. You can shop and then fuel up with a host of places to eat and drink in the area. 

To experience Philadelphia’s cultural diversity, head to South Street and enjoy the vibrant art and music scene along with some delicious food available here. You can also visit the Chinatown and the Italian Market to see the city’s cultural places up close. And of course; the food is amazing and authentic at these places. 

In Closing – Save More on Flight Tickets

Book your USA-India flights by utilizing Indian Eagle flight-booking services. You can check the company’s website for the best deals and other offers. Philadelphia is a beautiful city and delights visitors with its historic significance and modern sensibilities. 

Read through this Philadelphia travel guide to plan your itinerary to one of United States’ main cities.

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