Pack your walking shoes. The City of Brotherly Love is best explored by foot, and guests of our Holiday Inn Express® Philadelphia hotels will enjoy all the rich history, beautiful architecture and historic sites they encounter as they tour this charming city.
Kick off your Philadelphia hotel stay with a visit to Center City, one of the biggest business districts in the U.S. and a popular tourist destination, thanks to an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment options. The observation deck at City Hall offers great views of the Philly skyline, and the celebrated Art Museum District, where you'll find the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Academy of Natural Sciences, Franklin Institute and Rodin Museum, is a short walk or trolley ride away. Next, head to Rittenhouse Square. This culturally vibrant area offers cafes, boutiques, art galleries, theatres and more.
Looking to brush up on your American history? Then a trip to Independence Mall is definitely in order. See the Liberty Bell up close or take a tour of Independence Hall, the birthplace of American democracy. There are dozens of landmarks and historical buildings in this area, so set aside a couple of hours - if not a whole day - for sight seeing, then stick around after dark and watch the Old City come alive with restaurants, bars and night clubs.
Of course, no visit to our Philadelphia hotels is complete without sampling the city's most famous culinary offering - the Philly cheese steak. It's sold all over, but most will argue that you have to go South Philly for the real thing, and Pat's King of Steaks is where this gooey, cheesy steak and onion sandwich was born. Round out your Philadelphia hotel stay with tickets to a big game. With several professional sports teams calling Philadelphia home, including the Phillies, 76'ers, Eagles, and Flyers, this town is made for sports enthusiasts.