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Once the capital of the United States, Philadelphia is most famous for its national historical sites such Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Though less well-known, it was also the home of the American colonies' first hospital and continues to be an important center for medicine. Today the walking city is a crossroads where history meets progress. With a thriving art and music scene, multiple theatres, fine dining, and a variety of neighborhoods, Philadelphia brings together many people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Visit Philadelphia at http://www.phila.gov/visitors/index.html.

Shopping
Located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is surrounded by superb shopping. Main Street Manayunk has many local shops and national chains. Old City is home to some of the hippest boutiques and vintage shops in Philadelphia. South Street, between Center City and South Philly, has an eclectic collection of shops, tattoo parlors and hip bars. For a more upscale shopping experience, Rittenhouse Square in Center City is in a very convenient location to the hotel.
http://www.philadelphia.com/shopping/

Dining
"If every museum, business, historic site and theater in town burned down overnight, you could still have a terrific trip to Philadelphia simply by eating," boasts the Marriott critic of the local food scene. Guests looking for a memorable dining experience will not be disappointed. Food genres are abundant here - from Italian to Asian, French, New American, check out the following websites for succulent recommendations:  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/phldt-philadelphia-marriott-downtown/ or http://www.philadelphiarestaurants.com/.

Historical Sights
Close to Historic Philadelphia, the Marriott makes it easy for visitors to take in America's most sacred historic sites side-by-side with the hustle and bustle of a 21st-century city. Visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, or take a tour of the famous Liberty Bell. Old City brims with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars while Society Hill welcome visitors to stroll their cobblestone streets and take in the architecture of the centuries-old homes, churches and landmarks that make the neighborhood so picturesque. http://www.gophila.com/C/Things_to_Do/211/Historic_Philadelphia/624.html

Museums
Minutes from the Hotel is the oldest art museum in the country, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Founded by Charles Willson Peale, this exquisite building is home to numerous works of American art. Other must-sees include the Philadelphia Museum of Art with its vast collection ranging from Asian through Renaissance and modern art. If you're looking for Impressionist paintings, don't miss the Barnes collection, located in the suburb of Merion, and if contemporary art is more your scene, be sure to check out the Institute of Contemporary Art. http://www.gophila.com/C/Things_to_Do/211/Philadelphia_CultureFiles/210/Art_Museums_and_Galleries/10.html

Reading Terminal Market
The Reading Terminal Market, established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, is the nation's oldest continuously operating farmers' market. When you visit the market, you can enjoy eating virtually every type of cuisine, from sublime soul food and exquisite Asian and Middle Eastern dishes to authentic Philly Cheesesteaks and traditional Pennsylvania Dutch fare - all available from largely family-run stands. http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/

Philadelphia Co-Ambassadors:
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
 
 
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