Visitors to the town of Sellersville in Pennsylvania will find themselves just a short drive away from the historical city of Philadelphia and many will therefore opt to spend at least one day sightseeing here although exploring all that it has to offer may take a great deal more time! Philadelphia is home to America’s first botanical garden and has a large zoo with an impressive selection of animals which families in particular will enjoy however it also has a multitude of museums and galleries for those with an interest in history or the arts as well as many buildings and landmarks of historical and architectural significance starting with Logan Square in the city center. For those who like nothing better than to spend the day shopping, there are also course a variety of individual shops, malls and other retail outlets in the downtown area to keep you occupied too.
Philadelphia is situated where the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers merge and is the largest city in state of Pennsylvania, the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States and the fifth-most-populous city in the country. Prior to the arrival of the early European settlers, the area was inhabited by the Lenape Indians until the first settlements were founded here by Dutch colonists at the start of the 17th century. Today it is the economic and cultural center of the Delaware Valley and offers a diverse range of opportunities for visitors to the city to explore its past as well as enjoying its present. There are buildings dating back to Colonial times in many different styles that are still standing today and also remnants of the 18th century city scape which was dominated by buildings in the style of Georgian architecture. These included including Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed) and Christ Church which are now popular sightseeing destinations for modern day visitors to the city. The PSFS Building became part of the city’s 20th century landscape when it was completed in 1932. This was designed by George Howe and William Lescaze and was the first modern international skyscraper in the United States and deemed to be one of the most important structures of its kind worldwide. Other historical landmarks in the area that are among its most famous landmarks are the Liberty Bell and the home of Edgar Allen Poe, as well as important archival repositories like the Library Company of Philadelphia, that was established in 1731, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, which was founded in 1814 and the Presbyterian Historical Society, the country’s oldest society of its kind, is also located here.
There are many museums dedicated to the arts including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is not only one of the largest art museums in the country but is also internationally renowned for its long flight of steps leading up to the main entrance which became famous after they appeared in the original Rocky with Sylvester Stallone. The city is also home to many theatres including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home to the famous Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music, which is the country’s oldest opera house that is still in operation and this is home to the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Ballet.