This is the birthplace of the American democracy, this is where the USA as a country was formed and officially proclaimed. But if you are not interested in the American history, it does not mean that Philly has nothing to show you. The Gayborhood, with a lot of gay bars and other entertaining things created especially for (and mostly by) the members of the queer community is located just a few blocks away from the city center with its major historical monuments. The two most famous monuments, Independence Hall and Liberty Bell, are available to visit for free, by the way. If you like to read and want to know more about the history of the LGBT community, do not miss the Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room, America’s oldest queer bookstore, as well as the historic marker for the AIDS Library. Philadelphia is a paradise for shopping lovers, because all the goo9ds here are tax-free. Rittenhouse Row and the King of Prussia Mall are must-visits for big-name brands, but it’s the backstreets of South Street, Northern Liberties and East Passyunk where you’ll stumble across priceless vintage pieces and hand-crafted items. This city also has something for the art enthusiasts. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a must, featuring impressionist and post-impressionist works by Monet, Matisse, Picasso and Warhol, and an open-air sculpture garden including works by Claes Oldenburg.