The fifth most populous city in the United States, Philadelphia is home to about 6.2 million inhabitants, which comes from different cultural backgrounds. It has been established that Philadelphia is the “Birthplace of America” with William Penn as its founder in the late 17th century. Philadelphia played a pivotal role in the American Revolutionary War, which eventually resulted to the convening of the Continental Congress as well as well as the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It was regarded as the “new Athens” that gave America its modern democracy. For a time being, Philadelphia served as the nation’s capital from 1790 until 1800, until Washington, D.C. took over.
Fast forward to present day, Philadelphia represents a typical East Coast city living, which offers an upscale urban life with the presence of flourishing movement in arts and music, real estate, and plentiful parklands. Meanwhile, its older, preserved buildings represent the historic Philadelphia setting. Despite this, Philadelphia is a city that holds a timeless classic beauty. Hop in and see for yourself.
Visitors will most likely land in the Center City, or the downtown section of Philadelphia. The Center City is divided into two parts, the Center City East and the Center City West. The eastern part of Philadelphia is denser between the two, which is home to the City Hall, the Convention Center, Chinatown, Washington Square West, and Gayborhood. Meanwhile, the Center City West contains Philadelphia’s upscale shopping and financial district. Do shop in the elegant shopping centre The Shops at Liberty Place, as well as The Shops at Belleveu, which also boasts of upscale eateries.
You can also find notable historic sites in Philadelphia such as the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, which was the former home of the famous American author. The Independence National Historic Park is Philadelphia’s signature historic site in the Old City that features the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, as well as the Constitution Hall.
From the Old City, visit the South Philly, which is home to most of Philadelphia’s major professional sports team, as well as the delicious, mouth-watering cheese steak. Interestingly, South Philly became home to a number of Asian and Mexican immigrants. While in South Philly, do take time to visit the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which is home to the Philadelphia Phillies, and Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), among others. Take time to relax in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, which somewhat resembles the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Spend a lazy afternoon watching the sunset or delight yourself with the skaters making use of the skate parks. While in South Philly, do visit The Italian Market, which is home to the freshest produce and goods in Philadelphia, and is deemed both as a local and national attraction. The Italian Market is in the Bella Vista neighbourhood on the South of Washington Square. It is surrounded with a number of options to shop and dine into. Do take a peek and maybe you’ll find the best cheese steak in town there is.
How to get around within Philadelphia
From the Philadelphia International Airport, you may either hail a taxi, or take The Septa airport railway line. The Septa airport railway line serves each terminal and only takes about 20 minutes to reach the Center City of Philadelphia, making stops at major commuter tunnel stations.
Upon reaching the city centre, you can board the bus serving different cities across the US. Philadelphia is served by the Greyhound, Trailways, Bieber, and Peter Pan bus.
How to get there
Philadelphia International Airport is served by carriers such as American Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Spirit, US Airways, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Delta, United, Jetblue, Southwest, Virgin America, and US Airways Express.