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Experience Philadelphia

 

 

Philadelphia offers something for everyone: history, sprawling parks, and a restaurant scene that embraces the award-winning to the iconic. As the second largest city on the East Coast (and the first World Heritage City in the nation), there is plenty to love, and plenty who love it.

 

History fills Philadelphia's major attractions: America's Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence here in Independence Hall, and the city's Liberty Bell rang in 1776 to summon citizens for the first reading of the Declaration. Philly is also home to the bustling Rittenhouse Square, the odd Mutter Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art with its remarkable collection of impressionist art.

 

 
                                          

Exploring By Foot or Bike

Looking to hop on a trail and grab some fresh air? William Penn was so inspired by the eastern hardwood forest that greeted him in the New World that he named his colony Penn’s Woods, or Pennsylvania. Philly has tons of great running and biking paths, all reachable from the heart of Center City. To learn more about the trails in and around Philadelphia, check out The Circuit Trails, one of the largest trail networks in the country.

 

Great Eats

From cheesesteaks to superstar chefs, Philadelphia takes food very seriously. Here's the list of the must-haves from Visit Philadelphia's 10 Iconic Philadelphia Foods & Must-Have Philly Eats:

 

1. Philly Cheeesesteak

2. Roast Pork Sandwich

3. Philly Hoagie

4. Philly Soft Pretzel

5. Water Ice

6. Tastykakes

7. Scrapple

8. Tomato Pie

9. Red Gravy Pasta Dinner

10. Wawa

 

 

Traveling to Philadelphia

Only 100 miles from New York City and 130 miles from Washington, DC, Philadelphia is in the center of it all.

 

By Plane: Philadelphia International Airport serves the Philadelphia region with 25 airlines offering over 450 daily nonstop departures to 138 destinations in the U.S. and around the world. Once you’re here, it’s a 25-minute ride on the SEPTA Airport Line right at the airport or a 20-minute ride in a taxi to Center City. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves every 30 minutes, and a one-way fare is $6.75. Trains stop at all airport terminals. The taxi ride costs a flat rate of $28.50. Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours provides airport shuttles to and from the airport for individuals and groups starting at $30 (one way).


By Train: Amtrak trains arrive at historic 30th Street Station throughout the day, placing passengers within a short walk of Center City. Philadelphia is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from New York City and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., via Acela Express.

  • Suburban Station, 16th Street and JFK Boulevard
  • Jefferson Station, 10th and Market streets

 

By Bus: Megabus offers low-cost express bus routes throughout the Northeast Corridor. New Jersey Transit and and Greyhound Terminal located at 10th and Filbert streets.


By Car: Interstates 95 and 76, and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes, provide access from all points on the compass. Once you arrive, there are more than 40 parking lots and garages in Center City plus metered street parking (read signs carefully for parking hours). To pay for metered parking, you can use a variety of payment methods (including credit cards) at one of the green kiosks, which will issue a printed ticket for you to place inside your windshield. Valet and self-parking are also available at the Loews Philadelphia. For more information on parking, visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

 

 

Photo Credit: K Huff, Paul Loftland, One Liberty Observation Deck and PHLCVB