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Philadelphia Pop Culture Tour

From TV to movies to sports to food, this driving tour has it all
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 12.1 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Philadelphia has long been considered a cradle of historic significance. But the city is home to more than just the Liberty Bell. Over... more »

Tips:  This tour is definitely for the car. Most stops will be quick, and there is street parking available at each. (Be sure to feed the... more »

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Points of Interest

Through the years, we Philadelphians have looked up to our sports heroes. Despite what the record books say, we've had our share of hometown heroes. Mike Schmidt. Bobby Clarke. Donovan McNabb. Dr. J. Smarty Jones.

But topping that list is an athlete who never really played in Philly - or anywhere at all, for that matter: the fictional boxer Rocky... More

2. Studio B (The Enterprise Center)

Hop back into your car to take the 2.29 mile trek northwest across the Schuylkill Expressway (Route 76) toward Market. Stop at 4548 Market Street, currently the home of The Enterprise Center.

This building used to house Studio B, the innovative Philadelphia television station that hosted, among other shows, "American Bandstand" in its earliest... More

Back to the car for the almost six-mile journey south east to Citizens Bank Park and the Philadelphia sports complex.

Right across the Walt Whitman Bridge from South Jersey, Citizens Bank Park is just one of the three stadiums that make up the Philadelphia sports complex (the other two are the Wells Fargo Center, home of the 76ers basketball team... More

After checking out the sports complex, head back to your car for the 3.2-mile ride northeast to Second Street, the home base for the Philadelphia Mummers.

What are Mummers, you ask? Ah, you may as well ask what is New Year's. Let's make this easy - think of the Mummers like a New Orleans Mardi Gras, only with string bands and a hangover. (It is... More

All that mummery revelry is likely to work up an appetite. Time to head about a mile west to 12th and Passyunk where you'll find Pat's King of Steaks, an important stop in Philly pop culture. (It's also a great place to grab some lunch, if you're so inclined.)

Philadlephia, after all, is known for the cheese steak, and this is the birthplace of... More

"Where do all the hippies meet? South Street! South Street!"

That jingle, circa the mid-1960s, referred to one of Philadelphia's biggest tourist attractions. South Street - in particular, the east-west border between Center City and South Philly - continues to be a city meeting place, not only for hippies, but for families, teenagers, college... More