Philadelphia, Pennslyvania

Philadelphia is known as the City of Brotherly love and the place that in 1776 America declared its independence from England. Although Philadelphia is known for its historical value to the United States, there is much more to Philadelphia than history. Fly New Haven to Philly and discover the two things that Ben Franklin did not invent that set Philadelphia apart—cheesesteaks and football.

Constructing America

Since both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were both signed in Philadelphia, it’s only appropriate to explore the historical society of Philadelphia. Luckily, in the center Philadelphia the National Constitution Center and Independence Hall are right across the street from each other.

Independence Hall has been restored on and off since 1732 when construction first started on the building. This building is the center point of American History. The Declaration of Independence was adopted and the first draft of the United States constitution was created in Independence Hall. If that’s not enough history, George Washington was appointed Commander in Chief, the Articles of Confederation were adopted and the design for the American flag was decided upon all in this one building. Free tours are admitted through the building March through December.

Right across the street from Independence Hall is the National Constitution Center. This building is dedicated to the education and preservation of the United States Constitution. In this institute’s theater the video Freedom Rising explains the history of the United States constitution and how the expression with the people has developed over time. The National Constitution Center is always host to a variety of different speakers and exhibits.

The Cheesesteak

Food is probably not the number one incentive for planning a trip or vacation, but when you are in Philadelphia you need to try the cheesesteak. There have been many great history changing inventions, documents and creations that have come out of Philadelphia and the cheesesteak is one of them. Although many cities try to reproduce the cheesesteak they fall short; only Philadelphia succeeds.   

The history of the cheesesteak began in South Philadelphia at a small place called Pat’s King of Steaks. When the cheesesteak was first invented in the mid 1930’s by Pat and Harry Olivieri, Pat opened his own little shop in South Philadelphia to sell only cheesesteaks. Since then Pat’s King of Steaks has been a historical landmark in Philadelphia for the creation of the Cheesesteak. If you literally want to take a bite out of history, Pat’s King of Steaks is the place to start.

Philadelphia has this trend of having historical landmarks across the street from historical landmarks because Philadelphia is so full of influential history. After you’re done enjoying your historical cheesesteak from Pat’s King of Steaks, look across the street and you will not be able to look past Geno’s Steaks. The place is literally covered in neon lights. Pat’s and Geno’s have had a historical cheesesteak feud since the cheesesteak was first introduced. Although Geno’s does sell cheesesteaks, they sell them with a different cut then the tradition cheesesteak.

All Four Major League Sports
There’s nothing better than an afternoon major league sports event. Philadelphia is one of only twelve United States cities that are home to sports team from all four major league sports. That puts the Philadelphia fans’ intensity level almost as high as the historical value of Philadelphia. If you want to feel the intensity in a real major league sports atmosphere make sure to head to the heart of South Philadelphia where all the major league sports stadiums stand.

In the fall season baseball will be coming to an end and football will just be beginning, the two most intense parts of a season. To catch the end of the baseball season in Philadelphia head down to Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. If you’re in more of a gridiron mood, right across the street is Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles.