Established on October 27, 1682, the “City of Brotherly Love” is a city known for its rich American history and is a great place to take your family for a weekend getaway. Philly has many famous landmarks and restaurants and this week especially makes it significant because it’s hosting the Democratic National Convention. But enough about that. Let’s start our tour!

Once you get to Philly, we recommend starting your trip with a visit to Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. Entrance to the Independence Hall is free–a great advantage for students and those traveling on a budget! Next, walk to see the Liberty Bell, which is now kept in the Liberty Bell Center. Back in the day, the bell was used to signal meetings in the center of town for updates on happenings and news both in the town and in the world around them. The bells is inscribed with the statement to “Proclaim Liberty throughout All the Land unto All the Inhabitants thereof.”

Philadelphia is also known for museums overflowing with history and knowledge about our nation’s roots. For the younger crowd, it’s recommended to visit the Franklin Institute, which has child-friendly exhibits, along with a hands-on science museum. Another museum that’s great for kids is the Please Touch Museum, which is a really cool, interactive museum for families! Another great to-do for families is a visit to Franklin Square. It’s filled with arcade games and outdoor activities that people of all ages will love. For art and history lovers, make sure you don’t miss the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s an iconic building in Philadelphia, as well as the Philadelphia History Museum. On your way in to the museum, make sure to run up the famous “Rocky Steps” in an accomplished and celebratory fashion to commemorate the the most famous scene from the “Rocky” series. It may be cheesy, but it’s a right of passage while in this great city!

Finally, we can’t talk about Philly without mentioning the famous Pat’s and Geno’s debate. Pat’s and Geno’s are two restaurants that serve cheesesteaks in Philly. Positioned directly across the street from one another, a rather fun debate has formed between which one actually tastes better. Made a bit differently, you’ll find people always have a strong preference! After running up the Rocky Steps and walking around museum after museum, you’ll finally have the appetite to join the debate and give it a try. Which do you think is better? Try it out and take your pick! It won’t be a complete trip to Philadelphia without making this important stop!