Philadelphia

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Food markets, art galleries and heaps of national pride characterise this city that’s steeped in history.

Philadelphia has long been one of America's most treasured cities. It has witnessed some of the country's pivotal moments. Loving preservation has ensured such moments can still be felt and appreciated by today's visitors. Philadelphia's most prized object of all is the Liberty Bell. In 1776, this rang out across the city in celebration of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. The bell, complete with famous crack, can now be admired for free at the Liberty Bell Center.

Another crucial chapter in the history of the USA—the drafting of the Constitution—is brought to life through engaging interactive exhibits at the National Constitution Center. Philadelphia can hold its head high for being at the forefront of the abolition of slavery. Learn more about this at the African American Museum. Another attraction brimming with social history is the Eastern State Penitentiary. Walk its eerie corridors, and see the cell where a certain Al Capone was once incarcerated.

Philadelphia is a city which understands families, and one of its most visited attractions is the Please Touch Museum, a hands-on experience that will entertain young ones for hours. Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest in the country, and is home to animal species that are no longer living in the wild. After visiting the zoo, explore the evolution of nature at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Fresh air and picturesque scenery are in abundance, both at the Morris Arboretum, and at Fairmount Park, a sweeping area of greenery that's ideal for walks, biking and picnicking. This is also where you'll find the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with its renowned collections of European, Asian and local American works.

Great food is always nearby in Philadelphia. Grab a pizza or famous Philly cheese-steak at one of its two historical foodie institutions, the Italian Market or Reading Terminal Market. At the latter you can also pick up homemade art and crafts—perfect souvenirs!

Philadelphia is an easy city to get around. Affordable Phlash buses travel between most attractions. Many of the historical attractions, including the Liberty Bell Center and National Constitution Center, are in the heart of the city and within walking distance of one another. Though the weather can be unpredictable, there is no bad time to visit. Many attractions are indoors, and even the major parks provide rainy day options.

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Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
4 out of 5
220 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
The price is AU$217 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Located in Center City, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Walnut Street, Rittenhouse Square, and Academy of Music. City Hall and Mutter Museum ...
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Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
One Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA
The price is AU$273 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Located in Center City, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. City Hall and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,082 reviews)
"Super friendly staff. Clean rooms…. Great stay!"

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The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
4.5 out of 5
120 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA
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The price is AU$274 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Located in Center City, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Walnut Street, Rittenhouse Square, and Academy of Music. Reading Terminal Market and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,628 reviews)
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Reviewed on 15 Jan. 2022

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Lansdale
Homewood Suites by Hilton Lansdale
3 out of 5
1200 Pennbrook Pkwy, Lansdale, PA
The price is AU$168 per night from 5 Feb. to 6 Feb.
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Fresenius Medical Care at Abington Health Lansdale Hospital and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Abington ...
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Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

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Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - Convention Center, PA
Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - Convention Center, PA
3 out of 5
1200 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
The price is AU$213 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Located in Chinatown, this aparthotel is steps away from Reading Terminal Market and Pennsylvania Convention Center. City Hall and Walnut Street are also within ...
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Ridley Park Philadelphia Airport South
Home2 Suites by Hilton Ridley Park Philadelphia Airport South
3 out of 5
145 Stewart Avenue, Ridley Park, PA
The price is AU$213 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Harrah's Casino and Racetrack and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Widener University. Swarthmore College ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (322 reviews)
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Ridley Park Philadelphia Airport South
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