A Trip to Philadelphia

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Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the U.S. so there is no shortage of fun and interesting things to do. And because the city is mostly flat and boasts a large number of bike lanes, a great way to get an overview is to take a bike tour.

While in Philly you can stay at the centrally located Holiday Inn Express® Midtown which is within walking distance to many of the best sites and restaurants. Rooms are modern and come with free wifi and breakfast. If it’s warm, don’t miss the outdoor pool!

The Philly Bike Tour Company offers a “Classic City Tour” which lasts for 3-4 hours showing you many major sites all throughout the city. You start the tour in the cute neighborhood of Fairmount, home to the creepy Eastern State Penitentiary and the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art — full of great works, but possibly most known for the famous front steps up which Rocky ran to the theme of “Gonna Fly Now.”

The bike tour continues down the Schuylkill Trail alongside the river toward downtown. You soak up the charming, old city atmosphere of Rittenhouse Square and Independence National Historic Park where you cruise by must-sees the Liberty Bell (the crack was actually made bigger during repairs) and Independence Hall where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed in the late 1700s.

Finally you’ll stop for some much needed nourishment at one of the county’s finest food markets, the Reading Terminal Market which opened in 1892.

Beyond the market, this town is known for so many delicious goodies, another great way to get a lot of different tastes is on a food tour. Chew Philly Food Tours offers up an authentic Philly Food tour in the cute, working class neighborhood called Manayunk. Taste a plethora of iconic foods from tomato pie and Philly cheese steak to soft pretzels and cupcakes. All from family owned-establishments, the tour provides healthy portions and some history on the area.  You will not leave hungry!

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