City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of the most outstanding historic places in the USA. It is the homeland of the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed. Here you will also find many art museums one of which is named in the memory of Benjamin Franklin who made Philadelphia famous. Take the following tour to discover the most famous attractions in Philadelphia
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 18
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Independence Square
  • Independence Hall
  • Congress Hall
  • Liberty Bell
  • Carpenters' Hall
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • Franklin Court
  • Elfreth's Alley
  • Betsy Ross House
  • Christ Church Burial Ground
  • Chinatown
  • Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market
  • Masonic Temple
  • Philadelphia City Hall
  • Penn Square (Centre Square)
  • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
  • Logan Circle
  • Rodin Museum
Independence Square

1) Independence Square (must see)

Independence Square is the highlight of Philadelphia’s landmarks, located in the heart of the Historic District. This is the place where the Declaration of Independence was first read in public on July 8, 1776. Although the square is not as impressive today, it still has a significant dignity and place in American history.

The Independence Square is a city block formed by The Independence Hall and two adjoining smaller buildings - Old City Hall to the east, and Congress Hall to the west.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Independence Hall

2) Independence Hall (must see)

Independence Hall is an American national landmark, located on Chestnut Street. It is world famous for being the place where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were discussed and adopted. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This listed World Heritage Site was completed in 1753. Independence Hall touts a red brick facade, designed in Georgian style. It consists of a central building with belltower and steeple, attached to two smaller wings via arcaded hyphens. In 1753 Thomas Stretch erected a giant clock at the building's west end that resembled a tall clock (grandfather clock).
Sight description based on wikipedia
Congress Hall

3) Congress Hall (must see)

Congress Hall is a building near the intersection of Chestnut and 6th Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that served as the seat of the United States Congress from December 6, 1790 to May 14, 1800. During Congress Hall's duration as the capitol of the United States, the country admitted three new states, Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee; ratified the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution; and oversaw the Presidential inaugurations of both George Washington (his second) and John Adams. Congress Hall was restored throughout the 20th century to its original appearance in 1796. The building is now managed by the National Park Service within the Independence National Historical Park and is open for tours by the public. Congress Hall should not be confused with Independence Hall, which is located next door.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Liberty Bell

4) Liberty Bell (must see)

The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formerly placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now renamed Independence Hall), the bell was commissioned from the London firm of Lester and Pack in 1752, and was cast with the lettering "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." It originally cracked when first rung after arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. In its early years, the Liberty Bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Carpenters' Hall

5) Carpenters' Hall (must see)

Carpenters' Hall is a two-story brick building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that was a key meeting place in the early history of the United States. Completed in 1773 and set back from Chestnut Street, the meeting hall was built for and is still owned by the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, the country's oldest extant trade guild. The First Continental Congress met here. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 15 April 1970 and is part of Independence National Historical Park.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of the American Revolution

6) Museum of the American Revolution (must see)

The Museum of the American Revolution (formerly The American Revolution Center) is a Philadelphia museum dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution. The museum owns a distinguished collection of several thousand objects including artwork and sculpture, textiles and weapons, manuscripts and rare books. Permanent and special exhibition galleries, theaters and large-scale tableaux will bring to life the original "greatest generation," and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution. The museum serves as a portal to Philadelphia's other Revolutionary landmarks, enriching the existing heritage community and making Philadelphia an engaging and authentic destination for those interested in discovering America's founding.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Franklin Court

7) Franklin Court (must see)

Benjamin Franklin is probably the most interesting personality in American history. Standing on the site of his former house, this court features seven museums which allow visitors to learn more about his life as a publisher, author, statesman, diplomat, politician, postmaster, printer and inventor. The court's highlight is a 54-foot-tall steel skeleton, known as "ghost sculpture," created by architect Robert Venturi, and covering the footprint of Franklin's house torn down in 1812. Remnants of the original foundation, privy pits and wells can be seen through portholes.
Elfreth's Alley

8) Elfreth's Alley (must see)

Elfreth's Alley is a residential alley located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in the United States, dating back to the early 18th century. It is a National Historic Landmark. The alley is located off Second Street between Arch and Race Streets in Philadelphia's Old City Neighborhood. Elfreth's Alley is named for Jeremiah Elfreth, an 18th-century blacksmith and property owner. Among the alley's residents were tradesmen and their families, including shipwrights, silver and pewter smiths, glassblowers, and furniture builders. In the 1770s, one-third of the households were headed by women. The Georgian and Federal-style houses and cobblestone pavement of the alley were common in Philadelphia during this time.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Betsy Ross House

9) Betsy Ross House (must see)

A long-standing myth about the first American flag being made by Betsy Ross, albeit a myth, still makes a great story. The house of Betsy Ross is nonetheless important as a vivid demonstration of Colonial living. The owner used it primarily to let rooms to travelers and wayfarers. It is situated in the Old City district within proximity to many shops and restaurants. As per the Philadelphia Historic Society, the Ross house enjoys more visitors than any other historic attraction in the city.
Christ Church Burial Ground

10) Christ Church Burial Ground (must see)

The Christ Church Burial Ground was founded by the Christ Church as a supplementary burying ground in 1719. Located right in the heart of the historic Old City, this is one of the most significant American cemeteries, holding 1,400 markers on two beautiful acres. Some of the United States' historic leaders, including Benjamin Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence, have found their final resting place here.

11) Chinatown

Philadelphia Chinatown is a predominantly Asian American neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia. The neighborhood stretches from Vine Street on the north to Arch Street on the south, and from North Franklin Street and North 7th Street on the east to North Broad Street on the west. Chinatown features a large number of restaurants featuring East Asian, Burmese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese cuisines.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market

12) Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market (must see)

This market traces its roots from the 18th century. In 1857 an indoor facility was built. Later it extended as a market that covered several blocks. In 1889 Reading Railroad Company built here a terminal that later ceased to exist due to the construction of an underground station. Nowadays Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market is one of the most popular tourist sites and a must-see place for sure.

Hours: Monday-Sunday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Masonic Temple

13) Masonic Temple (must see)

The Masonic Temple, built is 1873, is a historic Masonic building in Philadelphia. It serves as the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Free and Accepted Masons. The temple receives thousands of visitors every year who visit the ornate structure including its seven ornate lodge rooms, where today a number of Philadelphia lodges and the Grand Lodge conduct their meetings. The massive granite cornerstone, weighing ten tons, was leveled on St. John the Baptist's Day, June 24, 1868. The bold and elaborate elevations of Norman architecture on Broad and Filbert Streets, especially the beautiful Norman portico of Quincy granite, make it one of the great architectural wonders of the City of Philadelphia. The exterior stone of the building on Broad and Filbert Streets was constructed of Cape Ann Syenite from Syne in Upper Egypt.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Philadelphia City Hall

14) Philadelphia City Hall (must see)

Philadelphia City Hall, the seat of the city government, was designed by Scottish architect John McArthur, Jr. The size of the building puts it among the tallest and largest masonry buildings in the world. The absence of steel framework called for extremely thick, up to 22 feet, walls at the first floor in order to support the weight of the floors above. From the outside, the eight floor building (each floor measuring some 16 feet high) seems like three floors. The central tower stands 511 feet tall, and is topped by the statue of William Penn, 37 feet high and weighing 27 tons. It is one of 250 creations sculpted by Alexander Calder for both the interior and exterior of the city hall.
Penn Square (Centre Square)

15) Penn Square (Centre Square) (must see)

Penn Square, formerly Centre Square, is another one of the five striking city squares that William Penn laid out in his plan for Philadelphia in the 17th century. Penn Square is located in the former geographical center of Philadelphia and houses the gorgeous City Hall.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

16) Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (must see)

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, head church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. With its majestic façade, vaulted dome, ornate main altar, eight side chapels and main sanctuary that comfortably holds 2,000 worshippers, the Cathedral-Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is the largest brownstone structure and one of the most architecturally eminent structures in the city of Philadelphia. Erected in 1864, the cathedral, presented in a Roman-Corinthian style of architecture, is modeled after the Lombard Church of St. Charles (San Carlo al Corso) in Rome.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Logan Circle

17) Logan Circle (must see)

Logan Circle, also known as Logan Square, is an open-space park in Center City Philadelphia's northwest quadrant and one of the five original planned squares laid out on the city grid. The circle itself exists within the original bounds of the square; the names Logan Square and Logan Circle are used interchangeably when referring to the park. The park is the focal point of the eponymous neighborhood. Originally called "Northwest Square," the park had a somewhat gruesome history as a site of public executions and burial plots until the early Nineteenth Century. In 1825, it was renamed Logan Square after Philadelphia statesman James Logan. In June 1864, temporary buildings were built on the square and it was the site of the Great Sanitary Fair, a 2-week exposition that raised US$1,046,859 to buy medicine and bandages for Union troops during the American Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln visited the fair.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rodin Museum

18) Rodin Museum (must see)

The Rodin Museum is a museum located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin's works outside Paris. The Museum was the gift of movie-theater magnate Jules Mastbaum (1872–1926) to the city of Philadelphia. The best-known of Rodin's works, The Thinker (1880–1882), sits outside the museum in the entry courtyard. Though no longer used, visitors once entered through a cast of The Gates of Hell, located at the entrance into the museum. This massive 5.5-m-tall bronze doorway was originally created for the Museum of Decorative Arts (which was to have been located in Paris but never came into existence).

Hours: Wednesday-Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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