Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of The Layover, Anthony Bourdain finally does Philly. In his 36-hour trip, Tony pays a visit to a 9-foot colon, takes the Grim Philly Tour to learn about the “drinking, carousing and whore-mongering” of America’s Founding Fathers, downs a shot glass full of hot dog water, and attempts to cure his hangover with a steaming bowl of pho.
One thing he doesn’t do? Eat a cheesesteak.
Check out our travel guide to see all the places that Tony visited on his whirlwind tour of the City of Brotherly Love, see our behind-the-scenes photos, and get a sneak peek of tonight’s episode:
For a truly harrowing experience, take a nighttime flashlight tour of the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary. More »
Photograph by John Salvino, flickr
by Troy Petenbrink
Philadelphia has long been known as the City of Brotherly Love, but if the city’s tourism officials have their way, it may start being known as the City of Art. A new $2 million, 2-year marketing campaign was launched this month to try to position Philadelphia among the world’s great art destinations.
So can Philly hold its own against the likes of Berlin, Florence and New York City? Travel Channel takes a fun look at the numbers to help you decide:
1805: The year that the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was founded, making it the first art school in the United States. Philadelphia is actually home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of art schools, many of which operate galleries and hold annual art shows. This might be your chance to discover the next Picasso.
3,000-plus: The number of murals produced by the Philadelphia Murals Arts Programs over the past 25 years. Originally begun as an anti-graffiti effort, this public arts program not only produces beautiful and moving murals across the city, it helps thousands of Philadelphia’s at-risk children, youth and adults find their artistic voice. In addition to the murals, Philadelphia boasts more outdoor sculptures than any other city in the country. And the best thing — all this public art is free to visit.