Philadelphia International Airport is a major public airport serving the city of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, United States. It is the largest airport in Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley region. With most of the airport property located in the city proper, its international terminal and the western end of the airport’s airfield are located in Tinicum Township, Delaware County. Philadelphia International Airport resides at an elevation of 36 feet or 11 metres above mean sea level, and operates with four asphalt-surfaced runways.
What to see & do
Philadelphia is the largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The city is the economic and cultural centre of the Delaware Valley, and is situated in the Northeastern United States at the convergence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Tourism attractions in Philadelphia are mostly related to its arts, culture, and history. The city is particularly known for having the most number of outdoor sculptures and murals among other American cities. It is also home to the Fairmount Park, which is the largest landscaped urban park in the world. There are also 67 National Historic Landmarks in Philadelphia, one of which is the Independence National Historical Park, the centre of the historical landmarks in the city, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Major landmarks in Philadelphia also include the Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell.
For some gastronomic adventure in Philadelphia, having a taste of the Philly cheesesteak is a must! The most famous cheesesteak establishments for tourists are Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, both in South Philadelphia.
Other than the historic sites and the public art, more amazing places in Philadelphia are waiting to be explored. There are museums that have displays of different kinds of collections. Some of the museums in Philadelphia worth visiting are the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Academy of Natural Sciences, Franklin Institute Science Museum, Mutter Museum, Rosenbach Museum & Library, Rodin Museum, African American Museum, Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia History, National Museum of American Jewish History, Independence Seaport Museum, Please Touch Museum, and Wagner Free Institute of Science.
The parks in Philadelphia offer more beautiful landmarks and spectacular sceneries, as well as outdoor recreation opportunities. There is also the Philadelphia Zoo, the first zoo in the United States.
How to get around within Philadelphia
The buses, trains, rapid transit, trolleys, and trackless trolleys that serve Philadelphia are operated by the Southern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Although slower than other public transport means, buses are convenient ways to access any part of the city. If getting around by train, the hubs for regional rail (commuter) are Suburban and Jefferson Stations in Center City, and 30th Street Station. The major subway and trolley transfer stations are in City Hall/15th Street, 8th Street, and 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby. The SEPTA regional commuter rail trains have stations in Center City; the three major Center City stops are 30th Street Station, Suburban Station, and Market East Station. SEPTA also operates eight trolley lines. The subway lines, on the other hand, are composed of the Broad Street (Orange) Line, Market-Frankford (Blue) Line, Subway-Surface Lines, Norristown High Speed Line, and PATCO Hi-Speed Line. Taxis also serve the city of Philadelphia, which are all metered, with a variable gas surcharge. Somewhat like car rental, but more convenient, are the PhillyCarShare and Zipcar, where travellers can book vehicles after registering. Bookings can be done by the hour or day, and cost significantly less than rental cars.
How to get there
Philadelphia International Airport, serving Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, United States, serves as a hub for US Airways. As of summer 2014, the airport handles flights to and from 130 non-stop destinations. Among these destinations are 38 international stops in 20 countries in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East.