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philadelphia paPhiladelphia PA is the fifth most populous city in the United States. Located in the northeastern part of the United States, the population has 1.5 million people. Philadelphia, "The City of Brotherly Love" is mainly known for its history, arts and culture, its cheesesteak and its soft pretzel, it also has more sculptures and murals the needy other city in America. Major Attractions Upon arrival in Philadelphia, most tourists head for Independence National Historical Park. It is where the Liberty Bell Center is located, and where Independence Hall is housed. Independence Hall is where the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and debated inside over the US Constitution. Ben Franklin's Post Office and Printing Shop can also be seen here. It is a great place to learn about colonial America. As one of the most important political cities in history, the park is made up of twenty blocks with cobblestone streets and dozens of historical homes. Other popular tourist destinations include: The National Constitution Center goes over the main points of the Constitution. Many of the exhibits are interactive, fun, and very educational. The Reading Terminal Market has eclectic shops with old-time charm. It is an indoor market originally built in 1892, but today has several restaurants, a beer garden, and gifts and housewares. philadelphia paBarnes Foundation is an iconic art museum downtown. Arranged in the same exact way as were in his mansion, the museum displays Dr. Alfred Barnes paintings from the impressionist era, African masks, and sculptures. The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses Monet and Picasso, as well as surrealists pre-modernist, and modernist work from around the world. Love Park is a popular place to visit with the iconic Robert Indiana statue of the word L-O-V-E spelled out just as it is on the postage stamp. It also provides a striking view of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Restaurants If in Philly, one must try the infamous cheesesteak. The long crusty rolls filled with sliced sautéed rib eye beef and melted cheese is a Philly favorite. Pat's King Steaks is the creator and one of the most popular places to go on Ninth Street. Some of the other best places to find a cheesesteak would be John's Roast Pork, Tony Luke's, Geno's Steaks, and McNallys Tavern. Behind the cheesesteak in popularity is the Philadelphia soft pretzel. Due to the German influence, the pretzel flourishes on the streets of Philly. philadelphia paThere are many street vendors where one can try and authentically Philly-style pretzel. Federal Pretzel and Center City Pretzel are also some of the better places to sit down and eat one. Some of the other more favorite restaurants in town include the Farm and Fishermen, Bibou, Amada, Fond, and Vetri Ristorante. philadelphia pa Shopping There is no shortage to shops and great finds in Philadelphia. Some of the best shops include: King of Prussia Mall has over 400 stores, boutiques, and restaurants. It is one of the country's largest shopping centers and is recognized by the East Coast as the best shopping destination for upscale retail stores. Historic Antique Row has numerous high-end stores and curiosity shops. Wedged in between the more expensive stores are smaller places with many handmade works of art that can be affordable for the average person. Shops at Liberty Place have an impressive array of 60 retail stores. 9th Street Italian market is one of the oldest working markets in the US; along this historic street are the sounds and smells that remind one of the 1900s. Today's outdoor market has cookwares, antiques, and fresh ethnic foods including Greek, Vietnamese, and Italian. There is no shortage to what one can do in Philadelphia. The experiences in this historical city are endless, and one will need more than a couple days to truly enjoy all that it has to offer.

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