“Rocky,” the iconic 1976 movie starring Sylvester Stallone as an underdog boxer who gets his shot at a title bout, has a message that resonates with audiences around the world. Rocky, famously runs up the steps leading to the Philadelphia Art Museum, a scene so iconic the city put up a larger-than-life statue depicting the boxer’s arms raised over his head.
It was the first stop for the winners of the 25th anniversary edition of DuPont’s Environmental Respect Awards on their tour of Philadelphia. Attendees from Indonesia, New Zealand, Jordan, China, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and North America spend a day visiting the most famous sites in the City of Brotherly Love.
With a long day ahead of them, the group also passed many of the city’s most famous sites without stopping, including the Eastern State Penitentiary, a structure that opened in 1829 and strongly resembles a European castle (at least from the outside). The bus tour also passed Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin Institute and the home of Betsy Ross.
One of the stops included a visit to Christ Church, where many of the fledgling nation’s founding fathers worshiped. A docent shared the history of the building, which for some 56 years was the tallest building in the country. Members of the group sat in the same pews once occupied by George Washington, Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross, before she was thrown out of the Quaker church for supporting the Revolutionary War.
A stop at the PECO Building provided an opportunity to learn about the construction of a green roof. After the morning visits were over, it was time for lunch at the well-known Reading Terminal Market offered an opportunity to sample food from any number of restaurants including the famous Philadelphia cheesesteak and the roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich, from DiNic’s, which was declared the best sandwich in America by the Travel Channel’s Adam Richman. Many of the troupe finished their mean with ice cream or chocolate from one of the many desert shops.
After lunch the group was given the opportunity to shop at some of Philadelphia’s high-end shopping district or to visit the National Constitution Center, home of one of the few remaining copies of the Bill of Rights.
An exciting and exhausting day of sightseeing ended with a relaxing three-hour dinner cruise on the Delaware River on the Freedom Elite.