Philadelphia in Just One Day

Follow this suggested itinerary and discover the major sights of Philadelphia in one day.

Your day starts by crossing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to the historic neighborhood of Philadelphia. It is best known as the site of Independence Hall and its encompassing Independence National Historical Park. Independence Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage and the principal meetinghouse of the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1783 and the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1787. Don't forget to visit the Liberty Bell Center. A faithful replica of the original building where Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence is just around the corner.

Continue to the Reading Terminal Market where you can get some refreshments and then go see Philadelphia City Hall, a skyscraper complex known as the Liberty Place and John F. Kennedy Plaza nicknamed Love Park for the reproduction of Robert Indiana's Love sculpture located in the park.

Next stop is the 19th-century Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania. Finish your day by strolling the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Climb the 72 stone steps leading to the museum known as the "Rocky Steps" because of their appearance in the Rocky films. A bronze Rocky statue is located at the bottom of the steps.

Day 1: Philadelphia in Just One Day

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, originally named the Delaware River Bridge and known locally as the Ben Franklin Bridge, is a suspension…

Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park is a United States National Park in Philadelphia that preserves several sites associated with the…

Liberty Bell Center

Advocating for independence, this bell is one of the most iconic and recognisable symbols in American culture.

Independence Hall,… @ Flickr Lisa Andres Philadelphia

Independence Hall

Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated…

Congress Hall

Congress Hall, located in Philadelphia at the intersection of Chestnut and 6th Streets, served as the seat of the United States Congress…

Declaration House

Faithful replica of the original building where Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. Also known as Graff House.

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market is an enclosed public market located at 12th and Arch Streets in Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia City Hall

This masonry building is designed in the Second Empire style, which was popular in the latter half of the 19th century.

Two Liberty Place

A majestic dominant of the city. Two glass skyscrapers influenced by New York's Chrysler Building, shopping mall and hotel.


LOVE Park, officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza, is a public park located in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, head church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is located at 18th Street…

Rocky Steps

The 72 stone steps leading up to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have become known as the …

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