Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
The Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District couldn't be more convenient for those looking to explore the venerable city of Philadelphia. This large, upscale hotel is located in the very center of Philadelphia's Historic District, within walking distance of the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House, where Betsy Ross is said to have stitched the first American flag.
- On the same block: Christ Church, an 18th-century church whose congregation once included George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Franklin's grave is located here.
- Walk to the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, the African American Museum, and Chinatown.
- Benjamin Franklin Museum: Just opened in August, this long-awaited institution—just three blocks from the hotel—is full of exhibits on the fascinating life of Benjamin Franklin.
- Boutique shopping on Third Street, a block east of the hotel.
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.