Visit Philadelphia maven Meryl Levitz maps out her must-see stops for a whirlwind stay in Philly.
One Liberty Observation Deck has panoramic views of Philly.
DECKED OUT Levitz suggests getting a lay of the land from one of the city’s two observation decks, the new One Liberty experience and City Hall’s prime perch. Both are “instructive by day and have pretty views at night,” says Levitz.
RING THE ALARM Drop by the Fireman’s Hall Museum while exploring Old City. “There are a half-dozen fire trucks from 100 and 200 years ago… plus kids can try on fireman’s gear,” notes Levitz.
GIVE ME FIVE Visiting all five of William Penn’s squares: Rittenhouse, Franklin, Washington, Center, and Logan Circle. Explains Levitz, “Penn laid out a perfect grid, simple in design and radical in meaning. Philly is the first planned city.”
HALL OF FAME “If the walls of Congress Hall could talk, they’d provide the lowdown on the debates that took place when representatives and senators from the fledgling nation assembled here,” says Levitz. The House of Representatives met on the first floor, which looks as it did for John Adams’s inauguration in 1797.
A PENNY SAVED… Walk through Christ Church Burial Ground and “throw a penny on Ben Franklin’s grave for luck,” says Levitz. Superstitious? Yes. But we could all use a little of Franklin’s good fortune.