Philadelphia is one of our favorite places to visit. It has so much to offer. Not only is it filled with historic sites but it has plenty of entertainment as well. It is a perfect place to bring children but it is just as much fun for adults only.
One of the things I like about Philly is the ease of getting around. Once you figure out the one way street grid, it is one of the easiest large cities to actually drive in. We usually drive in and park the car at the hotel. It is a great walking city and there is the Phlash bus for places that are in the most popular tourist areas.
We have stayed at many different hotels in downtown. One of the most interesting is the Courtyard Marriott. It is an Art Deco former office building with great architecture and even better views. If you are lucky enough to have a room facing west and are high enough up, you will have great views of the Ben Franklin Statue on top of the Town Hall.
First time visitors will want to see things like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Your first stop should be the Independence Visitor Center. The National Park Department administers these landmarks but there are free tickets tickets that you should pick up at the visitor center. Tickets are not required in January and February.
This is just a teaser article to get you in the mood to visit this great city, more detailed articles will follow.