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Rich history and wild art make Philly a city worth seeing

Philadelphia is a unique American city, maybe the American-ist. Museums, parks, important buildings and great restaurants make it a must-see tourist destination, full of sites to see and contrasts to consider. It's historical and modern. Home of Ben Franklin and Rocky Balboa. Birthplace of the Constitution and the cheesesteak. Tough-nosed and charming. There's no other place quite like Philly. You should go see for yourself.

Start with a stroll through Independence National Historical Park. You'll find the Liberty Bell there, along with storied buildings from the founding of the United States, including Independence Hall. That's where delegates from the 13 colonies met to approve the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In the buildings and grounds surrounding the Hall is where patriots plotted the Revolutionary War. In warmer months, costumed actors bring the era to life.

Visit Independence Hall Costume Actors Bring it to Life

Independence Hall

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Liberty Bell

The city remains a cauldron for bold experimentation, especially in arts and architecture. The city houses many glorious buildings designed for social policy or to house works of classic and unexpected works of art. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, created in 1876, is one of the most well regarded and oldest museums in the country. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is an outdoor gallery exploding with wild mosaics built with bike wheels, kitchen tiles, china plates and other found materials. Then there is the "Please Touch Museum," created in 1976. It's the perfect place to take small children who are eager to put their hands on things and learn.

Benjamin Franklin Statue Historic Spot

They eat well in Philly. Take a walking foodie tour — there are many to choose from — to really sample what the city has to offer. Reading Terminal Market is a great destination for the cook in your family, featuring exotic produce, Amish specialties, and cookware. The South 9th Street Italian Market is another top attraction for visitors and locals alike.

Point is, you don't have to be a patriot or a city slicker to enjoy what Philadelphia has to offer. It's a world-class city with a working-class reputation. Everyone loves an underdog. That's a story, like the city itself, that's as old as America.

South 9th Street Italian Market

South 9th Street Italian Market

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Magic Gardens

Valley Forge National Historical Park Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park

What to do and see in Philly

  • Benjamin Frankin Museum

    Benjamin Frankin Museum

    Ben was a busy man. He started the nation's first newspaper, invented bifocals, the lightning rod and, in his spare time, helped author the Declaration of Independence. His museum is a must see in Philadelphia.

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Trying Hard Now

    You know you want to do it. Go ahead. It's encouraged. Take a run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, like Rocky. You won't be the only one doing it.

  • Barnes Foundation Art Gallery

    Barnes Foundation

    The Barnes Foundation is an art gallery featuring a remarkable collection — including Cézanne, Degas, Matisse, Renior, Van Gogh — displayed alongside folk art from Africa and the Americas. Mixing the masters with the outsiders was shocking in the early 20th Century and remains refreshing today.

  • Wissahickon Valley Park

    Wissahickon Valley Park

    The Wissahickon Valley Park is a trail full of historical sites and natural beauty, that follows the Forbidden Drive creek. Cars were banned from it in 1920. Since then, it has only been open to pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians — and you.

  • Eat Philly cheesesteak in Philly

    Famous Food

    The Philly cheesesteak is the city's most famous food. Which local spot cooks up the best sandwich is a matter of heated debate, but for an iconic Philly experience, visit the corner of South 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, where rivals Geno's Steaks and Pat's King of Steaks battle for converts daily.

  • Morris Arboretum

    Morris Arboretum

    Philly offers an urban experience, like New York City or Chicago. But Pennsylvania is lush and green. Morris Arboretum is a 92-acre Victorian Garden with some of the city's — and this country's — oldest trees. It's a verdant oasis, a lovely place to get out of the city for an afternoon and catch your breath.

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Around the World
on $2,000

The affordable adventures of Jason & Shelbie Toevs

Jason Toevs grew up playing Nintendo Game Boy on international flights. With family on his mother's side in Australia, the trips from ICT were frequent, long and habit forming. "I love the smell of jet fuel," he says. "You get that little whiff as you are walking onto the plane. It reminds me of being a kid again." He plays a different game these days called travel hacking. That involves working within the rules set up by airlines, credit cards and hotels, and using them to your advantage to earn free travel including flights, lodging and other upgrades. He's used them to travel the world, along with his wife Shelbie. He's been to almost two dozen countries and has his sights set on more. Eisenhower Air recently caught up with Toevs, who is vice president of technology at Alyss Analytics in Wichita, to hear about the rewards of the travel game he plays so well.


Jason Traveling the world does not have to be expensive. Often times, you just get suckered into the easiest thing or that one deal that kind of looks good because everything else is so insanely expensive. In 2015, we ended up traveling 158 days out of the year. Traveled the world. 24 different countries. And we did it all in business class for less than $2,000 total in airfares. It was just about using our points and finding the right flights and kind of hacking our way around the world.

Jason and Shelbie travel adventures Jason and Shelbie travel adventures


Jason Very simply the core to travel hacking is this: Credit card companies want you to sign up for their card. They encourage you to do this by giving you anywhere between 20k -150k points with partners like American Airlines or IHG (International Hotels Group) when you spend a minimum amount on their card. For those of us who use the credit card like a debit card and pay it off before any interest charges, we earn the bonus at no net cost. Since we are spending the money each month anyways, may as well run it through a card for points. We ended up running about 20 cards each through the bonuses.

Jason on a beach in Australia

Jason on a beach in Australia

Travel Hacking Sites Worth Visiting

One Mile at a Time Secret Flying Momondo Skiplagged Skyscanner


I remember it was 11:38 at night and I looked at Shelbie and said, "You want to go to China?" I spent about 15 minutes looking up how to get visas and then we booked it.

Jason Toevs

We typically look for discounted economy tickets because they are worth re-positioning (flying from ICT to another airport for an international fare that is super cheap) for getting to the destination. Points and travel hacking have changed a lot (for the worse), and this is definitely the easiest way to get into travel hacking currently.


Jason In 2014, we were building our house. We were getting all these points from credit card signups and things like that because we had to spend anyway. I was on Facebook and one of the guys in the travel hacking group posted 'I found business class tickets from Washington D.C. to Chicago, to Beijing and return, for $450 round trip.' It was a transformational moment. I remember it was 11:38 at night and I looked at Shelbie and said, "You want to go to China?"

I spent about 15 minutes looking up how to get visas and then we booked it. Looking back, I wish we would have booked like six of those flights. We did the American Airlines Platinum Challenge just before we jumped on those flights, and we ended having full platinum status by the time we landed in Beijing. We earned a business class trip, each, to Europe that we used later that year. All for going and enjoying China for a week and coming back.

First Stop, China

Jason Beijing was a whirlwind. It was probably our first real culture shock together. We had been to Australia together, but there was no frame of reference in China other than hoping that someone speaks a little bit of English. I think we ate Pizza Hut on the first night, and then had street food the next day. We adjusted. We saw Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City — the touristy things. We bought a suitcase and filled the entire thing full of souvenirs for less than $150, haggling our way through the cheap Chinese markets. That was a lot of fun for me.

Great Wall of China Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Windmill in the Netherlands

Traveling Europe

Jason We did a driving tour around central Europe. Munich. Bavaria. Salzburg. Germany and Austria were just amazing. We did a Sound of Music bike tour. It is one of those cheap little things that you can do that costs you maybe $20. You spend all day riding around seeing the sites. Then we toured the castles. We had some friends who lived in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. We ended up staying a few days with them. The Netherlands is a very different experience. The biking culture there is incredible. We rode miles and miles looking at windmills.

Cheap Eats in Europe

Jason We stayed in Krakow, Poland, which I would absolutely suggest. Rent a car. Load up a cooler full of food because it is SO cheap in Poland. They're not in the EU. You could get food for a week, stick it in the cooler and travel around Europe. Then come back to Poland and fill up again. I think we were getting a weeks' worth of groceries for the two of us for maybe $30. And it was fresh.

Magic Gardens Philadelphia Vacation Spot

Map of places traveled in the Toevs' kitchen

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Salzburg, Austria


Jason In Australia, there is a cultural push for having what is called a gap year between high school and college. You essentially go and travel the world by backpack. You save up money or earn money along the way. You stay at youth hostels. You are just going on a discovery of who you are and what you believe. Then you come back and you start college. I would encourage every young person, instead of taking out debt to go to school, go travel the world. Work your way around the world for a year. Get some perspective. Find out who you really are. It was always something I wanted to do but never really got to do. It was fun that Shelbie and I could do that together in our own way.

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Jason and Sheblie always fly out of Wichita


Jason We have a lot of friends that think that travel is really out of reach for them. We adamantly disagree. We believe that it is just about what we all prioritize in life. We've done spontaneous trips, we've done well planned out trips, all of them flying out of Wichita. Every single trip. We can all find a way or a reason to back out or not do something. But us? We're going.

Vacation Flights


We can all find a way or a reason to back out or not do something. But us? We're going.

Jason Toevs

Tokyo Vacation Tokyo Vacation

Krakow, Poland

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Editor Valerie Wise, Wichita Airport Authority
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Contributing Writer Barry Owens
Photography Visit Philadelphia, Martyn Smith, Steven L Johnson,
Kimberly Vardeman, Rob Cardillo, Jason Toevs

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