First the pope and now the Democrats. Philadelphia has been a big destination for travelers in recent years.
If you weren't able to score tickets this week to the Democratic National Convention, where Hillary Clinton will make history as the first woman to accept the presidential nomination from a major US political party, have no fear. There's still plenty to do in the City of Brotherly Love.
To help you see all there is in the birthplace of American democracy check out these apps.
GPS My City
This app offers more than 5,000 self-guided walking tours in more than 470 cities around the world. One of them is Philadelphia.
First-timers to Philadelphia can check out the 48-hours in Philly tour that offers an overview for visitors. Or they can dive right into more involved tours, like a walk around the historic area known as "Old City," hitting highlights like the Declaration House, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall and Independence Hall. Looking for culture? There's a tour for Philadelphia's many museums. Want to sink your teeth into Philly cheesesteak? Hit the eclectic, exciting, loud and colorful South Street neighborhood tour.
Guides can be downloaded from this app and accessed offline, so you're not gobbling up mobile data as you explore the city. You get access to detailed route maps and turn-by-turn walking directions. (Android and iOS)
Art Inside Out
This app curated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art allows you to encounter art in unexpected places. Use the app to explore 60 high-quality replicas of masterpieces from the museum's collection located in communities around the Philadelphia region. (Android and iOS)
Want to check out Philly by bike? This app lets you remotely reserve an Indego bike. Indego is Philadelphia's bike share program, which launched in 2015. It's been popular with visitors and locals alike. This app will guarantee there's a bike there waiting for you when you need it. Just show up and ride. (Android and iOS)
Are you staying in the burbs and driving into Philly? Use this handy app to compare prices for parking garages and secure a spot before you arrive. ParkWhiz also offers lots of great discounts to help you make sure you don't overpay. (Android and iOS)
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