Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of the United States oldest cities, is home to historic archives and sites such as the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House. Additionally, downtown Philadelphia offers museums, tours, shops, restaurants and jazz clubs within walking distance of hotels. The city's rich history and cultural attractions make it an appealing location for romantic weekend excursions.
Independence National Historic Park, the site of Benjamin Franklin's legacy, makes an interesting and romantic weekend location to visit. The urban park, which spans 20 blocks, features three main attractions including the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall and Independence Visitor's Center. You can take a stroll on the park's cobblestone streets while learning about the nation's history. You can also sip coffee or have lunch and dinner at coffee shops and restaurants located across the street from the park.
Wandering through an art museum can be a romantic way to spend an afternoon in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses art from around the world and great works representing the Italian Renaissance, French Impressionist and Modern Art periods. The museum features more than 80 period rooms, including a historic walkway known as a medieval cloister. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, located near the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, showcases American art by Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Cecilia Beaux.
Although Philadelphia is known best known for cheese steaks and soft pretzels, the city is home to a number of fine dining restaurants. The Water Works Restaurant and Lounge, located near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, boasts outdoor views of the Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row. Bistro St. Tropez serves traditional French cuisine and provides seating with city views. Cadence Restaurant also serves French cuisine and features a vaulted glass ceiling and a roof deck with views of the Avenue of the Arts.
Couples looking for romantic winter activities can go ice skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink. Rink visitors can warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in the warming pavilion after skating. In warmer weather, a sailing tour on the Delaware River provides an opportunity to learn about Philadelphia's maritime history, see the city from off shore and bask in the sunshine.