Drew Lazor

For Philadelphians, the only thing more irritating than the outsize attention paid to Rocky and cheesesteaks is the patronizing revelation that their town is—ugh—“more than Rocky and cheesesteaks.” As one of America’s oldest metropolises, Philadelphia is a diverse bastion of multiculturalism and artistic achievement that also happens to be the birthplace of modern democracy. The default local mindset, that signature mix of pugnacious and self-deprecating that manifests nationally via Philly’s infamous sports fans (pause for “E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!” chant here), often supersedes healthier levels of civic pride. But whether chowing on authentic Laotian cuisine or strolling through the civil-rights photography at the African American museum, the City of Brotherly Love has much to offer visitors of all walks—and yet you’d be remiss if you didn’t run up the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, bite into a cheesesteak and take a selfie with the Liberty Bell.