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In the Middle of it All

Anchored by the Pennsylvania Convention Center, this bustling district is also home to Chinatown’s authentic Friendship Gate, a gift from Philadelphia’s sister city, Tianjin, China, and is the entry point for the city’s new Rail Park, a scenic trail that transformed an abandoned railroad viaduct.

SEE: Snap a selfie in front of Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE statue in LOVE PARK before heading across the street to Dilworth Park, which features special events including an outdoor ice skating rink from November to March. For 360-degree views of Philadelphia, head to the observation deck at the base of the William Penn statue atop City Hall, a Second Empire-style building adorned with Alexander Calder statues.

A cool modern art exhibition space, The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s unique artist-in-residence program has resulted in an archive of one-of-a-kind collaborations with internationally renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Kara Walker.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia boasts an impressive collection of art and artifacts. Don’t miss the exhibit Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876, featuring a narrated, interactive timeline spanning 100 years, video projections of trailblazers from 18th-century Philadelphia and a children’s corner of hands-on activities.

DO: A truly impressive display of the city’s food culture, Reading Terminal Market — America’s original farmers’ market—includes 80-plus diverse food vendors, from Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods to Middle Eastern specialties to local classics. Embark on an expert-led tour of the venerated market with Taste of Philly Food Tour, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 am. (Private tours are available.) Later, stroll through the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the first art museum and school of fine arts in the country, which showcases a vast collection of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures.

DINE: At Osteria , Italian dishes and wines are served in a modern industrial setting with an open kitchen. PSST: For great deals, don’t miss happy hour. For elevated American dining (think dry-aged cowboy steak and potatoes), Bank & Bourbon is unmatched.

Philadelphia’s Chinatown is one of the largest in America. Snap a photo under the Friendship Gate, America’s first authentic gate, with bright carvings and red and gold accents – a gift from Philadelphia’s sister city, Tianjin, China. Chinatown offers delicacies from all across Asia. If you’re traveling with a large group, visit Sang Kee Peking Duck House, a Chinatown landmark that serves delicious duck and other delights. For an Asian spin on pub fare, Bar-Ly features an impressive selection of craft beers.

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