Every city has its own beauties, but few cities anywhere can lay claim to the sylvan beauty on the banks of the Schuylkill River that are known as Fairmount Park. The Park (4,180 acres) is the largest landscaped park in the U.S. You can walk, bicycle, rollerblade, or drive along Kelly and West River Drives today and feel deep in the country. In the depths of the Wissahickon Ravine and at other points in the park, the city's tall buildings are not visible over the treetops, and if it were not for the hum of traffic on the Drives, you would be in the pastoral world that Thomas Eakins painted.
As one of the nation's great artistic and historic resources, the Museum houses more than 225,000 objects highlighting the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century A.D. and those of Asia since the third millennium B.C. Highlights of the collections include paintings and sculpture from China, Japan, and India; furniture and decorative arts, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics; a large group of Persian and Turkish carpets; rare authentic architectural assemblages such as a Chinese palace hall, and a Japanese teahouse.
Valley Forge National Historical Park is the site where the Continental Army spent the winter of 1777–1778 during the American Revolutionary War. The Park contains historical buildings, recreated encampment structures, memorials, museums, and recreation facilities. The park encompasses 3,500 acres. Visitor facilities include a Welcome Center and museum featuring original artifacts, providing a concise introduction to the American Revolution and the Valley Forge encampment. Programs, tours, and activities are available year round.
Craving some fun in the fresh air and sunshine? Don’t worry. Grab your bike, your kayak and a water bottle, because Philadelphia and the countryside has more outdoor activities than you can shake a walking stick at. From horse trails to wine trails and even Appalachian trails, the possibilities are boundless.
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