Philadelphia tours and excursions
Mural art tours
In 1984, the Mural Arts Program was founded to redirect the energies of graffiti writers from destructive to constructive. Now each piece represents the community in which it is created. Since then, more than 3,500 projects have been completed throughout Philadelphia, hence its nickname as the City of Murals. A variety of tours help ensure you view as many murals as possible, including Trolley Tour and Mural Mile Walking Tours. Personal guides available.Tel: General: +1 215 685 0750; Tours: +1 215 925 3633.
A delicious way to savour Philly is through a culinary tour, taking in eateries only the locals know about. City Food Tours offers a walking tour that absorbs the full variety of Philly foods, from delicious hot pretzels to the famous cheesesteaks, including a stop at the Reading Terminal Market, an indoor farmers market. Or tour the Italian Market, led by native Philly chef Jacqueline Peccina-Kelly, on a three-hour route, which includes stops at DiBruno Brothers, Talluto’s Pasta and Pat’s King of Steaks.Tel: +1 215 546 1234; +1 610 506 6120.
The rolling hills and trails of the Valley Forge Historical Park in Montgomery County is now a haven for runners, cyclists and picnickers, but is also one of the most revered shrines of the American Revolution. George Washington's revolutionary army camped here during the bitter winter of 1777-78 and although no shots were fired and no battle fought, over 2,000 soldiers perished because of the severe cold. The site contains original 18th-century buildings, including Washington's headquarters and a memorial chapel, together with many statues and monuments. It’s located 28km (17 miles) northwest of Philadelphia, on Route 76 and Route 476.Tel: +1 877 789 6904.
The old farmhouses and covered bridges that dot the lush countryside of Bucks County provide the perfect setting for its art colonies, summer theatre, country inns and wineries. It's an area of outstanding natural beauty alongside the Delaware River just 35km (22 miles) from Center City. Many writers and artists based in New York have also lived here, including Pearl Buck and James Michener (there is a museum in Michener's honour at Doylestown), as well as Oscar Hammerstein and the pop singer P!nk.Tel: +1 215 639 0300.