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Where is Philadelphia?

Philadelphia, also known as the City of Brotherly Love, is located on the east coast of the USA, 90-minutes’ drive south of New York and two hours from Washington DC. Philadelphia is also easily accessible along the Northeast Corridor via Amtrak.

What is the best way to explore the city?

By foot! Philadelphia is one of the world’s most walkable cities and has the perfect balance between city exploration and ample green spaces. While it would be easy to spend a week exploring all the wonders in Philadelphia and its countryside nearby, we recommend giving yourself at least two days at the bare minimum in the city.

Philadelphia is a great two- to three-day add-on to any New York City itinerary.

What is Philadelphia famous for?

Not just cheesesteaks! Philadelphia is rich in history, and contemporary culture. The city is known for being one of the first capitals of the United States, having the first university (University of Pennsylvania), first Mint, and first department store in the U.S., and more recently, for its fabulous street art and wonderful art galleries.

What are some of Philadelphia’s must-dos?

Visit the most historical mile in the United States, home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. Head out to south Philadelphia and check out some of the amazing mosaics at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and visit the oldest outdoor market in the United States, the Italian Market. Art-lovers must visit the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Art Museum! Beer lovers must hop on the Ancient Alcohol Tour at the Penn Museum and stop into Yards Brewing Company for a pint, or more, of beer based on the recipe of one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. You can try Alexander Hamilton’s preferred beer, straight from his own recipe!

Does Philadelphia have many sporting teams?

Philadelphia has a sporting team for every season. In 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Superbowl in American football. They have Australian Ben Simmons as one of the stars of the 76ers (Basketball), plus teams like the Flyers (Ice Hockey), Phillies (Baseball).

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Aug 2020
  • PHL Health Pledge, Philadelphia’s Health & Safety Resources
    The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau launched the “PHL Health Pledge”, a new initiative to increase awareness of the destination’s readiness in safety welcoming back visitors as Philadelphia gradually reopens for business.
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  • Philadelphia Museums that are now OPEN!
    After being closed to visitors for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Philadelphia’s museums are beginning to reopen with new health and safety measures in place to keep guests and employees safe. Click on the link to view the list of museums, which are operating under special hours and conditions so be sure to consult their respective website for up-to-date information.
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  • Canopy by Hilton Opens in Heart of Philadelphia
    August 3 Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia Center City opened at the start of August, the first Pennsylvania location of Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle hotel brand. The 236-room hotel is located in Philadelphia’s historic Stephen Girard Building. The hotel’s robust art program – which is heavily inspired by Philadelphia’s modern street art – often refers back to the hip-hop genre to create the hotel’s unique modern Beaux-Arts hybrid.
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