If you’re looking for a destination to walk in the footprints of our nation’s forefathers, there’s really no better place to begin than the city of brotherly love. Philadelphia offers a plethora of exciting and enriching activities for the casual tourist and business traveler alike. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite activities around the city that showcase the historical sites around town that are sure to engage you on your next trip here:
Start your day steps away from many of the historical sites of the city. Rittenhouse Square is one of five original squares from the 17th-century plans laid out by city founder William Penn. A meeting spot then and now, it’s a great place to take a moment to sit and reflect upon the ways in which this green corner of the city has remained protected over several hundred years. After exploring the various statues and fountains among the flora here, you can stroll back down the street to Club Quarters Rittenhouse Square – just a 6 minute walk away.
A hallowed symbol of freedom, this landmark is a leisurely 25-minute straight shot down Chestnut Street from Club Quarters – one of a select few hotels near the Liberty Bell. Here you’ll find a plethora of artifacts from the 18th century that are an integral part of our nation’s history. A registered national historical park of Pennsylvania, a visit to Philadelphia isn’t complete without exploring the room where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed. Add to it a look into Congress Hall – where the U.S. met from 1790 to 1800 while Philadelphia served as the nation’s capital – and you’ll come away from your visit a little wiser as to where it all began.
One of the best museums in Philadelphia happens to be just as recognized for its exterior as it is for the collections housed inside. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is home to notable pieces from Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Renoir, as well as art originating from rural Pennsylvania throughout the years. Walking up to the building you may find yourself reminded of the infamous scene from the 1976 film “Rocky”, where Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) trained on the very same steps. Go ahead and play “Eye of the Tiger” as you make your way there – a 30-minute walk from the hotel, or perhaps a 15-minute run if you’re training like Rocky!
Around the corner from Club Quarters Philadelphia, you’ll find the largest municipal building in the United States, with more than 14.5 acres of floor space. Take in one of the many history tours in Philadelphia that are available to learn more about past and present government proceedings that take place here, and enjoy the sweeping views this 584-foot-tall building offers of the city. Built with over 88 million bricks, it’s the world’s highest masonry load-bearing structure. With a park and plaza surrounding it – filled with historic sculptures and a stunning central fountain, you’ll want to make sure this is a stop on your list.
A historical site in Philadelphia, McGillin’s Old Ale House – along with being the city’s oldest operating tavern – happens to be just a 7-minute walk from Club Quarters Rittenhouse Square. Having opened in 1860, this establishment has served notable figures such as Tennessee Williams, Ethel Merman, and W.C. Fields for over 150 years. The likes of you and I can enjoy in-house specialties such as shepherd’s pie or fish & chips, as well as select from the 30 Pennsylvania breweries and regional microbrews on draft.
If you’re looking for a historical building in Philadelphia to house your next business meeting in, or simply planning your next vacation, be sure to book a stay at Club Quarters Rittenhouse Square – we hope to see you soon!
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