Discover Philadelphia (PHL) – a modern renaissance city where history meets innovation and culture. Here for the making of your next great American adventure, PHL is conveniently located between New York City and Washington, D.C. in the centre of it all along the northeast corridor of the U.S.
Easy to get to and get around, once you arrive in PHL you will find a multitude of cosmopolitan experiences to choose from. Become captivated by this 21st century city where an inspiring, creative culture merges with ideas, technology and education. Home to some of the nation’s most beloved historical sites, Philadelphia is spirited with independence and is touted as the “Birthplace of America”.
Philadelphia is where the American Dream was founded and the model for modern day democracy was forged. Home to iconic places such as Independence Hall (a UNESCO World-Heritage site), the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center, here you will get a glimpse at the birth of a nation.
Innovation and education are at the heart of both the Philadelphia and American stories. Ben Franklin, the iconic Philadelphian, led early American innovation, creating the first university, hospital and zoo – all located in PHL and open to visitors.
Rated as “America’s #1 City for Culture” by Travel+Leisure magazine, Philadelphia’s art, music, film, design, fashion, performance and culinary energy is thriving.
World-class cuisine prepared by celebrity (and award-winning) chefs can be found throughout the many diverse neighbourhoods that make up the downtown area. Options abound as PHL is home to more than 2,500 restaurants, 250 outdoor cafes and 200 (+) BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) style restaurants.
Serving up a more visual treat, Philadelphia is also known as a culture capital with the most artistic mile in the country stretching from Philadelphia City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Barnes Foundation and The Rodin Museum. Performance/live arts in PHL include the award-winning Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, PHILADANCO and Ballet X.
Neighbourhoods are the fabric of Philadelphia. Intimate, well-lit streets provide the adventure of discovery in a city that is easy to navigate. Visitors can check out the cobblestone streets, American history and unique boutiques in Old City than stroll over to Northern Liberties where an open-air piazza hosts free concerts, farmers markets and lively festivals. Known as the mural arts capital, visitors can also explore the 3,600 outdoor works of art lining neighbourhoods, courtesy of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
With the largest city-owned urban park system in the world, Philadelphia is the greenest city in America. Endless adventure trails, riverfronts, bicycling trails and walking/running paths are woven through the city unlike anywhere in the U.S. Named “one of the world’s 10 best cities for parks” by Frommer’s, PHL offers a wide range of outdoor activities and urban adventures.
Whether traveling for a city break, a girlfriend’s getaway or a holiday adventure, make your next great memory in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Highlights
Don't leave without tasting...
The Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwich, sliced rib-eye beef served on a long white roll with melted cheese. As for who makes the best one, the debate never ends.
Where locals go to relax
Fairmount Park, the largest urban park in the world, has more than 215 miles of trails, including the Schuylkill River Trail, which includes a 26-mile paved path between downtown and surrounding suburbs.
You might be surprised by...
Among the tree-lined residential streets of the artist-friendly Parkway Museums District stands the foreboding Eastern State Penitentiary. Once the nation’s largest prison, the 182-year-old fortress is now one of the area’s spookiest sites. Day, evening and haunted tours are available—but the most popular time to visit is the autumn, when the museum is transformed into one of the nation’s top-rated haunted houses.
Want to stay up late?
- Those in the mood for playful, creative cocktails and a retro house party atmosphere should visit the Penthouse Bar at Continental Midtown
- Try your hand at bowling in state-of-the-art lanes at Lucky Strike
- One of the most modern lounges in the city, G Lounge, has an evolving atmosphere due to moveable wall panels and ‘electronic wallpaper’
- Buffalo Billiards and Metropolitan Lounge are great for a game of pool a beer or a martini.
Your child will always remember...
The city’s children’s museum, The Please Touch Museum, reopened in 2009 in a much larger location, Memorial Hall. It features six exhibit zones, filling more than 38,000 square feet of space highlighted by a 40-foot ‘replica’ of the Statue of Liberty’s Arm and Torch, made completely of toys.
The vast collections of Renaissance, American and Impressionist art make the Philadelphia Museum of Art one the country’s most important museums. Plus, you can sprint up the ‘Rocky Steps’ featured in the Rocky films as if you’re Rocky Balboa. Or head over to the Rodin Museum, home to the largest Auguste Rodin collection outside of Paris.
Don't overlook this...
The sweet and sexy music of Gamble and Huff, natives of the region, is known as ‘The Sound of Philadelphia’. Their repertoire includes well-known and much-loved songs such as ‘Love Train’, ‘Me and Mrs. Jones’ and ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’. You can experience some of the duo’s famous work at The Sound of Philadelphia Souvenir Shop, beneath Philadelphia International Records. You can even step into the recording booth and lay down your own track!
- The upmarket Rittenhouse Row and diverse Walnut Street Shopping District offer high-end boutiques, discount chains and specialty shops
- For a one-stop location, head to The Shops at Liberty Place
- Or wander over to the Piazza at Schmidt’s in the Northern Liberties for hip boutiques.
History happened here
- Independence Hall is where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the U.S. Constitution was adopted
- The Liberty Bell Center showcases the famous cracked bell against the backdrop of Independence Hall
- Betsy Ross’s House offers an excellent portrayal of a working-class woman’s life in Colonial America
- Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continually inhabited street in America, features quaint brick homes that offer a peek into colonial America
- The National Constitution Center explores one of the most influential documents in the history of the world.
- View the scenic areas of eastern Pennsylvania by hot-air balloon
- Go skydiving!
- Swim with sharks and feed the stingrays at Adventure Aquarium
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