Skyscraper Westin Hotel in Philadelphia’s Historic Center City
One of the five open-space parks planned by William Penn during the late 17th century, Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square has transformed over the centuries into a major Center City destination. The park is a tree-filled sanctuary amid the neighborhood’s skyscrapers, restaurants, and high-rise residential buildings. From the square’s entrance, you can see the Westin Philadelphia tower, within walking distance of this historic park and countless other Center City attractions.
The sky-blue hotel, winner of TripAdvisor's 2013 Certificate of Excellence, contains nearly 300 guest rooms, each outfitted with the line’s signature Westin Heavenly beds and Heavenly baths for maximum comfort. Downstairs, there’s an onsite fitness center with an attached sauna.
Philadelphia’s Center City: Historic Landmarks and Museums
The historic Center City neighborhood, also known as downtown Philadelphia, dates back to the city’s founding in 1682. Today, Center City is Philadelphia’s central business district, with several skyscrapers and high-profile museums. The neighborhood is also home to Independence National Historical Park, whose high concentration of notable landmarks make it America’s most historic square mile. While you’re here, visit Independence Hall—birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution—or head to the Liberty Bell Center to see the approximately 2,000-pound bell that Martha Washington famously rang to let George know when supper was ready. At the north end of the park, the National Constitution Center features a multimedia presentation on the country’s founding displayed on a 360-degree domed ceiling, as well as galleries of artifacts, including a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The shops of Historic Antique Row are less than a mile from here. The small, locally owned shops stock everything from oriental rugs to vintage clothing. Head about 15 minutes northwest to scale the famous steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Rocky Balboa once pumped his fists victoriously. Inside, the massive museum’s holdings range from ancient Chinese art to famous paintings from Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí, and Vincent van Gogh.