City Orientation Walk, Philadelphia

City Orientation Walk, 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. Here is a list of 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: 19
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: Caroline
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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...   view more
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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. This listed World Heritage Site was completed in...   view more
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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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Independence National Historical Park

6) Independence National Historical Park (must see)

Independence National Historical Park preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Administered by the National Park Service, the 45-acre park comprises much of the historic area of downtown where Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Independence Visitor Center, are located, along with dozens of other historic buildings and educational centers. The sites located within the park are in the Old City and Society Hill neighborhoods of the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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...   view more
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Old City

8) Old City

Old City is a historic neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia, in the area near the Delaware River where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. Old City is one of the city's popular nightlife destinations, with lounges, dive bars, and quality restaurants. The Old City Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. In 2003, it was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Old City is home to the oldest continually inhabited street in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Elfreth's Alley

9) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Betsy Ross House

10) 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...   view more
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Christ Church Burial Ground

11) 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...   view more
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Chinatown

12) Chinatown

Philadelphia Chinatown is a predominantly Asian American neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia. Chinatown features a large number of restaurants featuring East Asian, Burmese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market

13) Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market

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-Saturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00...   view more
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Masonic Temple

14) 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,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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...   view more
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Philadelphia City Hall

16) 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...   view more
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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

17) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Logan Circle

18) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Rodin Museum

19) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Philadelphia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia contains a variety of interesting buildings and houses, from homes dating to the 18th and 19th centuries and Victorian buildings to stylish modern towers. It's also home to a vast range of magnificent and interesting landmarks. Among them are the famous LOVE Park, the impressive Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, fabulous Logan Circle, the creative Shakespeare Memorial and much more. Take the following tour to see the most outstanding landmarks in Philadelphia!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Philadelphia without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Philadelphia, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Philadelphia Museums Walking Tour

Philadelphia Museums Walking Tour

Philadelphia is home to many outstanding museums. Dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, these buildings feature great collections, interesting expositions and the best exhibits. Take the following tour to visit Philadelphia’s great museums!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Old City Walking Tour

Old City Walking Tour

The Old City is a wonderful historic area in the heart of Philadelphia. The Declaration House, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall and Independence Hall are but a few of the historical attractions this great place has to offer. Take the following tour to discover this unique area and see its great attractions!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Philadelphia Kids Entertainment Tour

Philadelphia Kids Entertainment Tour

Philadelphia is one of the greatest family destinations in the United States. This wonderful city offers a diversity of interesting attractions for all ages. Its fabulous Arden Theatre Company, the African American Museum, the magnificent sweet shops on Market Street and the Independence Seaport Museum are amazing places for parents to enjoy with their kids. Check out these great attractions in this next self-guided tour!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Fairmount Area Sights Walk

Fairmount Area Sights Walk

Fairmount is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia area. The name "Fairmount" itself derives from the prominent hill on which the Philadelphia Museum of Art now sits. Later, the name was applied to the street that runs from the foot of Fairmount hill through the heart of the neighborhood. The area is sometimes referred to as the "Art Museum Area," for its proximity to and association with the Art Museum. Take this tour to see the famous Eastern State Penitentiary located on Fairmount Avenue, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Fairmount Park and its famous attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km

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