Welcome to Philadelphia! Often described as the birthplace of the United States.  In fact, it was already 240 years ago when many of the original forefathers signed the declaration of Independence at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.

When visiting Philly, I´d definitely recommend you to visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Franklin Court which offers a fun and rare look at the life and home of great Benjamin Franklin. There is a lot of history in this part of town.

From there you can head off to lunch at one of my local favorites. You  certainly want to try a famous Philly Cheesesteak from Jim’s Steaks or Genos or head over to the Reading Terminal Market for a famous soft pretzel at Millers. It is a bustling farmers market, a stone throw away from the Convention Center. For more sophisticated palate, there are other great lunch spots such as Farm to Table restaurant ‘High Street’ in Old City or the ultra-cool cavernous La Colombe, a flagship store in Fishtown. If you are more into people watching and elegant shopping, then I´d suggest you go to the amazing French Parc Brasserie in Rittenhouse Square.

What to do in the afternoon? Well, why not spend some time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or at the New Barnes Foundation with its world-renowned collection from Dr. Barnes. The Philadelphia Art museum is the 3rd largest art museum in the Nation and has a varied collection of English, French, and early Quaker paintings. Then stroll down Kelly Drive and watch the scullers on the Schukyll River.

If you are not so much into art, then I would spend some time visiting one of the most spectacular displays of plants and flora – The Longwood Gardens. Once part of the E.I. DuPont estate, these magnificent gardens and conservatories contain plants from all over the world.

If you are more like a history buff, visit the western part of the city, the Valley Forge National Park, where General George Washington led his troops against the British in the battle for independence during the Revolutionary War.

For those who can’t get enough of shopping, one of the Americas most premiere shopping malls is located just a few minutes away from Valley Forge Park. The mega size King of Prussia Mall is filled with the world’s most exclusive retailers and brands.

On the way back to Philly, the city of Brotherly Love, I would recommend that you have a few drinks at AKA Bar; probably one of the tiniest but most sophisticated bars in Philly and then walk a half block and have some of the best steaks in town at Barclay Prime.