The City of Brotherly LovePhiladelphia Travel Guide & Information

Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania and the sixth-most-populous city in the United States, is the center of revolutionary history, culture and symbolism. It was in Philadelphia that many of the ideas and subsequent actions gave birth to the American Revolution and America’s Independence, making Philadelphia a centerpiece of early American history. Home to the Liberty Bell and the Declaration of Independence, today's Philadelphia is not just for historical buffs.

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Travel to Philadelphia, a dynamic and historical city. Some call it ‘The City of Brotherly Love’, the 'Athens of the Americas', and others call it ‘The friendliest city”. Philadelphia or Philly, as its affectionately nicknamed, surpasses visitor’s expectations. Flights to Philadelphia are your ticket to a city that is a rich mix of historical traditions and an exciting collection of cultural, culinary and recreational amenities and sightseeing.

As one of America's biggest cities, Philadelphia delivers a wide selection of hotels. With historic, iconic American attractions, fine dining restaurants, acres of beautiful land, attractive boulevards, street fairs and parades, as well as an arts and entertainment community, the city promises to offer something for everyone.

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Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums:

The ‘City of Brotherly Love” is home to several world class museums and attractions that provide insight into America’s historical origins.

Philadelphia Museum of Art: describes itself as "One of the largest museums in the United States". The collections are comprised of more than 225,000 objects. As one of the nation's great artistic and historic resources, the Museum’s collection highlights the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century A.D. and those of Asia since the third millennium B.C.

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African American Museum in Philadelphia: Most notable as the first museum funded and built by a municipality to help preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans, currently the museum houses four galleries and an auditorium; each offering exhibits about one of three dominant themes: The African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story and the Contemporary Narrative.

Independence Seaport Museum: is a museum dedicated to the maritime history of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley. The museum was founded in 1961 by J. Welles Henderson and has dozens of exhibits, including the warship USS Olympia and the submarine USS Becuna. There are many maritime artifacts, ship models and full-sized boats in the permanent and interactive exhibits.

Prominent Attractions:

Philadelphia is home to several attractions well worth adding to a traveler’s itinerary.

Independence Hall: The birthplace of the United States, this redbrick building with its clock tower and steeple, is one of the nation's greatest symbols. The building is now part of the larger Independence National Historical Park and is listed as a World Heritage Site. Independence Hall was built between 1732 and 1753, designed in the Georgian style by Edmund Woolley and Andrew Hamilton, and built by Woolley.

Liberty Bell: is one of the most prominent symbols of the American Revolution. It is a familiar symbol of independence within the United States and has been described as an emblem of liberty and justice. Over two million tourists visit the bell per year. The Liberty Bell complex houses a bell chamber, an interpretive exhibit area with historic displays and memorabilia.

Reading Terminal Market: is an enclosed public market at 12th and Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia. Several merchants offer fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, ice cream, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing and specialty foods. Today the market serves as a popular source for culinary treats and unique merchandise; it’s also listed as a major tourist destination.

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Where to Stay in Philadelphia

When it comes to hotels, the choices in Philadelphia are endless, from cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, to deluxe five star luxury hotels and more.

Center City East : The Center City includes "Downtown", or the Central Business District and central neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Downtown Philly is the destination for most tourists and business travelers. The area is home to several premier attractions like the Liberty Bell at 6th and Market and the Independence Hall National Historic Park. Along the Delaware River is Penn's Landing, home to the Independence Seaport Museum, summer festivals and riverfront entertainment spots. The area is also home to several hotel chains.

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Center City West : Philadelphia's main museums are located at Chestnut and Walnut, as well as shopping and dining, Rittenhouse Square, and a good portion of the central business district with imposing skyscrapers just west of City Hall. Hotels on this side of Center City tend to cater to more upscale travelers with luxurious rooms available in the 3-start to 5-star categories. The area is also a good choice for business travelers.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available to Philadelphia, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines as follows:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia is replete with scores of attractions making it a popular year round destination. However, the most popular time to visit is during fall, spring and summer.

Those planning to travel on budget might want to visit on the cusp of winter, before and after.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (June to August)

Off-Peak season: (December to February)

Philadelphia Weather

Philadelphia has a temperate climate with four seasons. The Appalachian Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east moderate the climate.

* Summers tend to be hot and muggy, the humidity can be high during July and August.

* The rainfall pattern is generally spread throughout the year.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout Philadelphia. Be sure to let your bank know your dates of travel and find out what the cost of ATM withdraws will be.

Languages:

* English is the dominant language in Philadelphia.

* Many people also speak Spanish.