There's more to see in Philly than Independence Mall and the Art Museum steps. These landmarks are local favorites.
The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (1) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is one of Philadelphia's most beautiful buildings inside and out. It's also where Pope Francis held mass during his 2015 visit to the City of Brotherly Love.
Dilworth Park (2): Bask in the baroque splendor of City Hall or climb to the top for a view from the William Penn statue. This brand-new park also boasts a café and easy access to the city's subway and trolley lines.
Wander Chinatown (3) (around 10th and Arch Sts.) and explore unique eateries and shops. Stop in at Dim Sum Garden (4) to try traditional soup dumplings or Banana Leaf (5) for roti canai, a delicate Malaysian frybread with curry.
South Philly's Italian Market (6) (around 9th St. and Washington Ave.) boasts incredible homemade pasta and "gravy," but is also a destination for some of the best Mexican and Vietnamese food. Don't miss Isgro Pastries (7) if you're a cannoli fan. Or walk down 9th to Passyunk Ave. to grab a world-famous cheesesteak from Pat's King of Steaks (8).
Have you seen Creed yet? The latest entry in the Rocky saga returned to Philadelphia, and VisitPhilly.com has a handy map of all the major filming locations.
Schuylkill River Banks (9): This well-loved riverfront trail extends as far south as Spruce Street and continues north along the Schuylkill River for miles. If it's warm out, rent a bike to visit neighboring Manayunk or explore on foot near the Philadelphia Museum of Art (10) and Boathouse Row (11).