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How to Spend 2 Days in Philadelphia

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How to Spend 2 Days in Philadelphia
Described as the “cradle of liberty,” and home to numerous iconic landmarks, Philadelphia is also renowned for its vibrant arts scene, exceptional bars and restaurants, and buzzing neighborhoods. Here’s how to make the most of your 2-day stay, covering must-visit highlights and locally loved haunts.

Day 1: Sightseeing Highlights
Morning: As the nation’s first capital, Philadelphia is a dream destination for history buffs. Learn about the city’s early origins on a historical walking tour. Wander the picturesque streets in aptly named Old City, and discover the monuments that make up Independence National Historical Park.

Afternoon: Continue your sightseeing without breaking a sweat by taking a Segway tour of Center City. Some itineraries even include stops at the City of Brotherly Love’s top cheesesteak joints, so you can sate your appetite with Philly’s most famous dish.

Evening: Get a different perspective on Philadelphia’s scenery with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Nighttime routes give you the chance to see the skyline illuminated after dark, and provide a relaxing way to cap off your explorations.

Day 2: An Insider’s Day in Philadelphia 
Morning: Philadelphia may be celebrated for its museums, but you don’t need a ticket to see some of its top artworks. The City of Brotherly Love happens to host the country’s largest mural arts program, which is beloved of visitors and locals alike. Go on a mural tour on foot, by Segway, or private vehicle, and spot dozens of open-air artworks as you go.

Afternoon: Center City is home to Philadelphia’s best-known landmarks, but South Philly is the place to go when you want to experience local life. Take a walking tour of the Italian Market to discover one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant (and delicious) destinations, or stroll past the quirky boutiques, antique shops, and tattoo parlors that line South Street.

Evening: From craft beer bars to cozy taverns, Philadelphia’s convivial nightlife offerings are worth exploring during your 2-day stay. In the evening, head out on a guided pub crawl to immerse yourself in the local bar scene, or visit some of the city’s award-winning breweries.
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Old City Walking Tour in Philadelphia

Old City Walking Tour in Philadelphia

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Walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers on this walking tour of Philadelphia's Old City. Visit important landmarks such as Christ Church, the Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenters' Hall, and Independence Hall as your guide narrates local history.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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Discover the birthplace of America on this guided walking tour through the country’s most historic area in Philadelphia. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Independence National Historical Park and more than 20 other historic sites on this 1.25-mile trek, including the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, and many more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour

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Take in the cultural diversity of South Philadelphia on this guided tour through its historic neighborhoods. See the art of Isaiah Zagar, a local mosaic mural artist, whose work is on display throughout the city, including Magic Gardens (admission included). Visit the 9th Street Italian Market, America’s oldest outdoor market, and sample some food. Throughout your tour, you'll pop on and off of South Street, with its eclectic blend of shops, bars, and eateries. There’s something for everyone in South Philly.
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  • 3 hours
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Iconic 9th Street Italian Market Experience Tour in Philadelphia

Iconic 9th Street Italian Market Experience Tour in Philadelphia

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With Philadelphia’s rich history and litany of firsts, it comes as no surprise that the 9th Street Italian Market is America’s oldest outdoor market. Take a guided stroll through the streets of this South Philadelphia neighborhood, with its bakeries, markets, and gourmet specialty food stores. Sample authentic Philadelphia foods, like the world-famous Philly cheesesteak, the city’s signature sandwich, and local farm fare. Select from a seemingly endless variety of food items—cheeses, chocolates, fresh fruits and vegetables, deli, and baked goods and much more.
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  • 2 hours
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Segway Tour of Philadelphia's Murals

Segway Tour of Philadelphia's Murals

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Experience Philadelphia’s most artistic neighborhoods like never before on this guided, 2.5-hour, small-group Segway tour. See the best of Philly’s many murals — from Old City to Northern Liberties, Spring Garden and Chinatown — and learn more about the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Guided Segway training, headsets and photos from the tour are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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  • 2 hours
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Philadelphia Segway Tour

Philadelphia Segway Tour

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Experience Philadelphia like never before on this educational and entertaining guided small-group Segway tour. Learn about Philadelphia’s important history and visit popular locations like Penn’s Landing, the Historic District, the Italian Market, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Society Hill on a 5- or 10-mile loop around Center City. Guided Segway training and photos from the tour are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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Philadelphia: Craft Beer, Bars and Brewing History (Small Group)

Philadelphia: Craft Beer, Bars and Brewing History (Small Group)

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Take happy hour to a whole new level on this Philadelphia pub crawl. Get a taste of Philadelphia’s brew culture on this entertaining and educational beer tasting walking tour. Visit three Philly pubs that suit the group’s preferences and enjoy a full-sized beer at each. Learn about the history of each establishment — and the local bar scene — from a knowledgeable guide. One snack is included. Additional food and drinks can be purchased for a charge.
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  • 2 hours
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Philadelphia Cheesesteak Tour by Segway

Philadelphia Cheesesteak Tour by Segway

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Experience the Philadelphia cheesesteak like never before on this guided, 2-hour, small-group Segway tour. Learn how this iconic sandwich got its start and taste the best of Philly’s famous cheesesteaks — from Chinatown to Society Hill and South Philadelphia — on a 5-mile loop to five of the city’s authentic cheesesteak shops. Guided Segway training, all the necessary equipment and photos from the tour are included. Bring an appetite and dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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Philly By Night Double Decker Bus Tour

Philly By Night Double Decker Bus Tour

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Get a new perspective on the City of Brotherly Love with this nighttime sightseeing tour. Climb on board a double-decker bus and explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer. Visit 27 of Philly’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Penn’s Landing and the Rocky Steps at the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art — on a 90-minute loop around this historic city.
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