From Independence Park to the Liberty Bell, there are plenty of historical reasons for visitors to plan a trip to Philadelphia. Here a few of our favorite spots to visit when traveling through “The Keystone State.”
1. Peddler’s Village: New Hope
Take a walk through this beautiful Colonial Village to experience more than 60 shops, 5 restaurants and endless lodging and family entertainment opportunities. Located less than 50 miles outside of Philadelphia, the village is filled with independently owned specialty shops, a number of gastropubs, and festivals that run nearly every month of the year. The colonial-style buildings, award winning gardens, and distinctive shops make the town everything but ordinary.
2. Reading Terminal Market: Philadelphia
This beautiful historic market in Philadelphia has its roots in the Butchers’ and Famers’ and Franklin Markets that were once located in the 1100 block of Market Street. In the late 1800s, the block was purchased by the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad company. The company intended to use the space for its new terminal. When the merchants refused to vacate their space to make way for the building, a deal was struck to build a new market beneath the train shed and tracks. Through the years the market and the terminal have gone through trials and tribulations, but the early 1980s brought a resurgence to the area and to the market. Today the Reading Terminal Market is one of the nation’s most successful public markets with more than 75 independent small businesses that offer a variety of fresh and prepared foods, lunch counters, and places to eat and shop.
3. Valley Forge National Historic Park: Valley Forge
Though Valley Forge is a historical name that most children learn in school, few could probably tell you what happened at the site. The Historic Park was created to preserve this piece of the United States’ history and to ensure that the story of the Continental Army and their experiences during the winter of 1777-78 are told. When the men marched into the area they were a group of divided individuals. When they marched out six months later they had become an army capable of taking a stand against the British.