Why Travel to Philly?

Beautiful City Hall

Beautiful City Hall

You may be asking yourself - why travel to philly?

The answer is - there’s a lot of reasons.

1.     The Philly cheesesteak. This sandwich was originally created in 1930 by Pat Olivieri, a hot dog stand owner. His great-nephew Frank is the owner of Pat’s King of Steaks. The cheesesteaks weren’t actually made with cheese for at least the first decade of their existence.

2.     The Philadelphia Zoo - he oldest zoo in the United States. It opened on July 1, 1874.

3.     The University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is home to the nation’s first university, founded in 1749.

4.     History! Philadelphia was the first capital of the United States.

5.     The Philadelphia Water Department. The PWD is one of the oldest in the United States, having been providing water to citizens since 1801.

6.     More History! The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia.

7.     Philadelphia City Hall. The Hall was designed to be the tallest building in the world, but both the Eiffel Tower and Washington Monument were completed before it and stood taller.

8.     Some beautiful H20. Philadelphia is in the Delaware River watershed. 

9. Philadelphia’s drinking water. Sip some agua from highly regarded sources like the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers.

10.  The Mutter Museum. The Mutter features medical oddities such as slides of Albert Einstein’s brain, a tumor removed from President Grover Cleveland’s jaw, and tissue from the vertebra of John Wilkes Booth, President Abraham Lincoln’s killer.

11.  The size. Philly is the fifth largest city in the US and the second largest city in the east coast.

12.  Even More History! The city of Philadelphia is the first World Heritage City in the United States.

13.  Hollywood History. Some famous features filmed in Philadelphia include: Rocky, Independence Day, The Sixth Sense, Invincible, Law Abiding Citizen, and Philadelphia, to name a few.

14.  The Rocky statue and the Rocky steps. You can see the Italian Stallion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Philly Cheesesteak

Philly Cheesesteak

The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell

15.  The Reading Terminal Market. Philly is home to the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers market.

16.  The infrastructure. Philly was one of the first US cities to develop a water infrastructure system.

17.  The art. Philadelphia is the city with most murals in the country (3,800).

18.  Three water treatment plants. Baxter, in Northeast Philadelphia, Queen Lane, in East Falls, and Belmont, in West Philadelphia, now supply Philadelphia and surrounding suburban communities.

19.  The Wing Bowl. Philly’s eating contest that draws crowds as large as 20,000 people!

20.  The Liberty Bell. Located in Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell was originally called the State House Bell.