Philadelphia Is Hot For a Vacation Spot

Do you and your family love vacations that are also great
opportunities for educating yourself about history and the
pioneers that built this great country? What better way
than a fun vacation that is filled with learning!

And whether you are prone to the city lights or if the
rural atmostphere is what warms your heart, you will love
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Long known for being rich in
history, Philadelphia is proud to present its museums and
culture to its visitors.

Everything from the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, whereby you will enjoy yourself
in the 80 period rooms ranging from a display from an
Indian temple to medieval cloisters. Founded in 1876 to
spotlight decorative arts, its large collection makes it
the third largest museum in the United States.

There are many other buildings to visit in the general area
including the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall and
the National Constitution Center.

Don't forget a trip to the Reading Terminal Market. It
was established in 1893 and is the country~s oldest
continuously operating farmers~ market. You will be able
to indulge in practically every type of cuisine, from Asian
to soul food, from traditional Pennsylvania Dutch fare to
Middle Eastern dishes ~ all available from primarily
family-run stands.

Afterwards you might be ready to walk off your dining
experience with a stroll along the quaint cobblestone
streets. Breathing in the architectural wonders that are
plentiful from the last couple hundred years is a real
delight if you are the least bit interested in style and

Tired of walking? What about a carriage ride? Whether you
are with your mate and look to incorporate some romance
mixed in with your vacation or you have the whole family,
including kiddies, it is magical to be pulled by the ever
popular horses expertly chauffeured by a city guide.

Afterwards, you may be drawn to take in the sites where
parts of the movie "National Treasure" were filmed. See if
you can follow the trail of clues outlined by the movie in
this city's most famous landmarks.

After a glimpse of the city spectacles, save time for a
trip to Valley Forge for more peeks into the history of
this amazing area.

Valley Forge is notorious for Washington~s encampment with
his troops in the winter of 1777. Washington~s
headquarters and his troops~ log cabins are available for
viewing. The National Historical Park~s 3,600-acres of
rolling hills provides beauty in any season and is
especially inviting for the outdoor lover with miles of
trails to hike, bicycle and rock climb.

If you enjoy the water, you can partake in fly fishing and
kayaking. Landlovers have an abundance of activities
including horseback riding, bird watching and nature
centers to visit.

Seasonal activities include cross country skiing, ice
skating, maple sugaring and apple festivals.

Filled with culture, Philadelphia has something for all.
Don't be surprised if you decide more than one visit is
necessary to get a taste of this bountiful area!

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