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Philadelphia is more than just the Birthplace of the Nation. The city is full of historic sites, modern culture, and fascinating museums for both the seasoned local and the first time visitor. Rent a car to get your fix of the City of Brotherly Love. After you have had your fill of cheesesteaks, fill up the tank, and head beyond those city limits to discover even more within easy distance during a day trip.
For the first time visitor, a trip to Philadelphia is incomplete without a full tour of the many historic sites that the city has to offer. Visits to the Liberty Bell and to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed by the Founding Fathers, are Philly must-see attractions. For more visit to the past, you will need to stop at the Mutter Museum, the Masonic Temple, and the Eastern State Penitentiary to experience American history beyond just textbooks.
But Philadelphia is not all about the past. Take the kids to the Please Touch Museum, which is arguably the best children’s museum in the country. Do not forget to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art to check out their constantly changing exhibits (and to re-enact that famous scene from Rocky!). The Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Philadelphia Zoo, which is the oldest zoo in the country, will bring joy to kids and the young at heart alike. All of this sightseeing will make you famished for a sampling of the legendary Philly cheesesteaks, so drive over to the Reading Terminal Market to get your fill of this local tradition.
Feeling like shedding the city and hitting the open road? Hop into the driver’s seat and head towards one of the many attractions for a day’s road trip. Walk along the beach and sample taffy in Cape May, a quaint seaside resort town full of charming homes from a simpler time. It is a mere 90 minute drive south of Philadelphia.
Just an hour drive east lies the Golden Nugget Antique Market, the perfect place to find your own bit of historical Americana treasure. Make sure to leave time after shopping to explore the Market’s hometown of Lambertville and its sister town New Hope. Both are lovely Victorian villages with exquisite dining potential. Finally, a visit to the tranquil Longwood Gardens, less than an hour from the city, will leave you rested and rejuvenated at any time of year.
A trip to Philadelphia with your rental car will always leave you wanting more. For your dream trip, we at Orbitz have a vehicle to suit all of your needs, whether you are looking to cruise the city in modern luxury or hit those country roads in an SUV. Our affordable pricing and flexible packages can accommodate you and your family for your next holiday to the City of Brotherly Love.