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How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

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How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia
Diverse and dynamic Philadelphia has plenty to offer visitors, from centuries of history and top-ranked museums to trendy neighborhoods and exceptional restaurants. Three days gives you enough time to get acquainted with its charms. Here's what you should see on a 3-day visit (including enviable day-trip possibilities).

Day 1: A Philadelphia History Tour
Few American cities can rival Philadelphia when it comes to history. After all, it was in the City of Brotherly Love that Founding Fathers like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington once lived and wrote. To follow in their footsteps, begin with a walking tour of Independence National Historical Park, located right in Center City. You’ll see key sights like Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed), the Liberty Bell, and the National Constitution Center. Once you’ve had a close-up look, join a hop-on hop-off bus tour to see more of Philadelphia’s important sights, from City Hall to Chinatown. In the evening, keep the history theme going with a trip to Old City: this centuries-old part of town is known for its red-brick streets, tasty BYOBs, and cozy taverns, where you can treat yourself to a nightcap after a day’s worth of adventuring.

Day 2: Shopping, Arts and Culture in Philadelphia
Philadelphia may be a history lover’s dream destination, but the city also offers a one-of-a-kind cultural pedigree. Enjoy a pleasant start to the day when you book admission to one of the city’s excellent museums. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the most-visited in town, while the Barnes Foundation boasts an enviable collection of Impressionist works. Once you’ve had your fill of masterpieces, make your way to Rittenhouse Square, where you can browse the shops along Walnut Street, dine at one of the neighborhood’s well-reviewed restaurants, or enjoy people-watching in the square. In the evening, see another side of town by venturing to one of the city’s trendy, outlying neighborhoods. Passyunk Avenue and the Italian Market in South Philly are both dining meccas, and are visited on many food-themed tours, while Fishtown in North Philadelphia offers a taste of hipster life. 

Day 3: Easy Day Trips From Philadelphia
Tempting as it might be to stay put, three days offers enough time to plan a day-trip from Philadelphia—and there are plenty of nearby destinations to tempt you beyond city limits. For a bucolic counterpoint to the urban buzz, head out to Lancaster County, roughly 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of town. Visit the Amish and Mennonite communities that famously call the region home to explore local craft shops and homesteads, enjoy a traditional Amish smorgasbord, and go for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Given Philadelphia’s convenient position along the East Coast, New York City and Washington DC are also popular destinations for day-trippers.
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Old City Walking Tour in PhiladelphiaCity Packages

Old City Walking Tour in Philadelphia

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Walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers on this walking tour of Philadelphia's Old City. Visit important landmarks such as Christ Church, the Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenters' Hall, and Independence Hall as your guide narrates local history.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Taste of the Italian Market TourCity Packages

Taste of the Italian Market Tour

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Few Philadelphia neighborhoods can rival the Italian Market when it comes to culinary heritage—and on this small-group tour, visit a number of the area’s most delicious highlights. In the company of your chef guide, venture to a beloved local cheese shop, a Mexican tortilla maker, a classic South Philadelphia pizzeria, and more, enjoying generous samples and shopping discounts along the way.
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The Constitutional Walking Tour of PhiladelphiaCity Packages

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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Discover the birthplace of America on this guided walking tour through the country’s most historic area in Philadelphia. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Independence National Historical Park and more than 20 other historic sites on this 1.25-mile trek, including the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, and many more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amish Country Tour in Lancaster CountyDay Trips

Amish Country Tour in Lancaster County

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Immerse yourself in Amish culture with a visit to the country's oldest Amish settlement in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County. On this full-day tour of Pennsylvania Dutch Country from Philadelphia, step back in time to learn about Amish culture while visiting some of the area's highlights such as an Amish bakery, a quilt shop, and a typical homestead.
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  • 8 hours
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City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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With several stops and two routes on this City Sightseeing tour of Philadelphia, you won’t run out of things to see or do. Once you board the open-top, double-decker bus, you can stay on for the entire route narrated by a guide, or disembark at any of the hop-on hop-off stops for sightseeing along the way. Select a 1-, 2-, or 3-day pass and see attractions such as the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Zoo, and Betsy Ross House. Customize your own itinerary and set your own pace in the City of Brotherly Love.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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Philadelphia Museum of Art General Admission Ticket

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Explore Philadelphia Museum of Art, home to one of the country's largest and most distinguished collections, and the Rodin Museum over two consecutive days with this general admission ticket. Run up the famous front steps, just like Rocky, then pose for a photo before heading inside to peruse works by Duchamp, Rubens, van Gogh, Rodin, and Monet. Marvel at the historical exhibits such as a Parisian grand salon and a fully reconstructed Japanese tea house, and imagine yourself a knight as you stroll through a hall chock full of medieval armor.
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Philadelphia to Washington DC Self Guided Day Trip by RailDay Trips

Philadelphia to Washington DC Self Guided Day Trip by Rail

Visit the American capital when you're in Philadelphia on this 14-hour tour to Washington D.C. You'll travel by train and then enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour of the city to see sights such as the museums of the Smithsonian or Arlington National Cemetery. Have free time to explore at your leisure, and visit the Hard Rock Cafe for an included lunch.
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East Passyunk Avenue Comfort Food Lunch TourCity Packages

East Passyunk Avenue Comfort Food Lunch Tour

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East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia is one of the city’s most in-demand restaurant rows. On this private walking tour, set off in the company of your guide and explore a number of the area’s culinary highlights. Try waffles and locally roasted coffee, enjoy a classic American burger lunch, and finish with made-from-scratch desserts. Be sure to come hungry, as you’ll be trying plenty of different delicacies that will add up to a hearty lunch.
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Private Driving Tour of Lancaster and Amish CountryDay Trips

Private Driving Tour of Lancaster and Amish Country

Travel along winding country roads from Philadelphia to Lancaster County and Amish country, learning about the history, ideals, and culture of the Amish and Mennonite people on this private driving tour. See how the Amish live and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Browse handmade arts, crafts and other products and experience the simpler life of the Amish people. Then enjoy lunch at a classic Pennsylvania Dutch smorgasbord or market. Philadelphia hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Philadelphia to New York City Private Day TripDay Trips

Philadelphia to New York City Private Day Trip

Take the stress out of travel to New York City with this private sightseeing tour that includes round-trip transportation from Philadelphia. Enjoy the dedicated attention of a private guide and a fully customized itinerary. Visit popular landmarks and hidden gems in a minivan that can accommodate up to 6 passengers.
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  • 12 hours
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