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Philadelphia


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, and the 5th most populous in the United States over all. As of 2005, Philadelphia's population was estimated as 1,463,281, with 5,823,23 living in the metropolitan area.

The city is known as the "City of Brotherly Love" as its name stems from the Greek, philos (meaning "love") adelphos (meaning "brother"). Other nicknames include "Birthplace of America", "Cradle of Liberty", "The Quaker City", and simply "Philly".

Some of the attractions in Philadelphia include:
Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Philadelphia Facts


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  • Professional sports teams in Philadelphia include the AHL ice hockey team, the Philadelphia Phantoms, the American football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, the basketball team, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Major League Baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the NHL ice hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers.

  • The main airport for Philadelphia is Philadelphia International Airport.

  • Some of the leading companies that have based their headquarters in Philadelphia include Cigna, CIGNA, Comcast and Sunoco.

  • Probably the best known educational institution in Philadelphia is the University of Pennsylvania, which is coeducational private non-sectarian research university. The university of Pennsylvania was founded in 1740, and is one of the eight members of the Ivy League.

  • Philadelphia is home to the "cheesesteak" - known outside of the city as "Philadelphia cheesesteak", "Philly cheesesteak", or "steak and cheese". It is a sandwich made in a long Italian roll, filled with thinly sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese. Optionally, grilled onions, sautéd green peppers, mushrooms and sauces may be added.

  • In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read out in three cities: Trenton, New Jersey, Easton, Pennsylvania, and of course, Philadelphia.

  • Philadelphia's nicknames include "City of Homes", "Filthadelphia or Filthydelphia", "Philly", "Quaker City", "The Athens of America", "The Big Scrapple", "The City of Brotherly Love", "The City That Loves You Back", and "The Workshop of the World".

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2017-11-28
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Make the most of your visit to the historic sights and attractions Pennsylvania's capital and countryside have to offer with this guide by your side. Take a relaxed Old City ramble—site of the iconic Liberty Bell—or enjoy a concert at Penn's Landing, then finish your day by dining at the best restaurants. With fantastic photography and illustrations of all the must-see sights, plus detailed suggestions for those who wish to venture farther afield to visit Gettysburg or Pennsylvania Dutch Country, this guide gives you everything you need to plan the perfect trip.

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   • Hotel and restaurant listings and recommendations.
   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Free, color pull-out map (print edition) marked with sights, a selected site and street index, public transit map, practical information on getting around, and a distance chart for measuring walking distances.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights and restaurants.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder index for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Suggested day-trips and itineraries to explore beyond the city.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country truly shows you this state as no one else can.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

Fodor's Philadelphia (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor s
Released: 2016-05-24
Paperback (232 pages)

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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering trusted advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years. Fodor's Philadelphia highlights the best the City of Brotherly Love has to offer:  famous historic sites in Independence National Historical Park, world-class museums along Ben Franklin Parkway, and the ongoing culinary renaissance. Every recommendation has been vetted by a local Fodor’s expert to ensure travelers plan the perfect trip, from the cobblestone streets of Old City to the local cuisine at Reading Terminal Market to Philadelphia’s iconic landmarks like the Rocky Steps, the LOVE Statue, and Boathouse Row in Fairmont Park. This travel guide includes: · Dozens of maps · An 8-page color insert with a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions throughout Philadelphia · Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks · Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path · Major sights such as the Independence National Historical Park, Fairmount Park, Reading Terminal Market, Rittenhouse Square, Parkway Museums, Old City, and South Street · Side trips from Philadelphia including the Brandywine Valley, Valley Forge, and Bucks County · Coverage of Historic Downtown, Center City, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Fairmount, South Philadelphia, University City and West Philadelphia, Northwestern Philadelphia, Northeastern Philadelphia, and City Line Avenue

Frommer's Philadelphia day by day

By Reid Bramblett

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Frommer's Philadelphia Day-by-Day Guide is the complete up-to-date reference for visitors who want to maximize their stay in the smartest, most time-efficient way. With full-color throughout with hundreds of evocative photos, this invaluable guide offers reviews on a wide array of sightseeing, lodging, shopping, dining and entertainment options in all price ranges, and also includes thematic and walking tours of the city's best-loved neighborhoods with Frommer's trademark candid and accessible expertise.

Moon Philadelphia: Including Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Travel Guide)

By Karrie Gavin

Gavin Karrie
Released: 2017-06-13
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See Philadelphia Like a Local with Moon Travel Guides!

As America's first UNESCO World Heritage City, Philadelphia's well-preserved homes and historic churches mingle with modern skyscrapers, restaurants, and galleries. Explore the timeless City of Brotherly Love with Moon Philadelphia!

  • Explore the City: Navigate by neighborhood or by activity with color-coded maps
  • See the Sights: Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to soak up some American history, or jog up the famed Philadelphia Museum of Art steps just like Rocky. Relax in Rittenhouse Square, stroll along the Schuykill River Trail, or catch a concert on the Avenue of the Arts. Tour Edgar Allen Poe's home, hike through peaceful Wissahickon Park, or visit the beautiful Philadelphia Zoo
  • Get a Taste of the City: Centuries-old mom-and-pop eateries share the streets with stylish bistros and Iron-Chef-run restaurants. But don't worry: we've found the top five places for you to grab an authentic Philly Cheesesteak
  • Bars and Nightlife: Beer gardens and upscale martini bars; pubs with fierce karaoke and trivia competitions; and churches converted into music venues and dance clubs: Philly's nightlife has it all
  • Trusted Advice: Philly native Karrie Gavin shares the ins and outs of her beloved hometown
  • Itineraries and Day Trips: All accessible by bus, train, or public transit, including "Fun and Free Philly," "Top 10 for Kids," and the three-day best of Philadelphia, as well as day trips to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Brandywine Valley, or Bucks County
  • Maps and Tools: Full-color photos and an easy-to-read foldout map to use on the go
  • Tips for All Travelers: Including advice for LGBTQ visitors, travelers with disabilities, seniors, and families traveling with children or pets
With Moon Philadelphia's practical tips, myriad activities, and an insider's view on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.

Exploring more of the state? Try Moon Pittsburgh or Moon Pennsylvania.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia & The Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country will lead you straight to the best attractions this region has to offer. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floor plans, and reconstructions of the must-see sights in this historic area, plus a pull-out city map clearly marked with attractions from the guidebook and an easy-to-use street index.

DK's insider travel tips and essential local information will help you discover the best of Philadelphia, from the Old City (known as "America's most historic square mile") encompassing Independence Hall and the iconic Liberty Bell to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Detailed listings will guide you to hotels, restaurants, entertainment and shopping for all budgets, while transportation maps and a chart showing the walking distances between sights will help you get around the city.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that brighten every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country truly shows you this region as no one else can.

Philadelphia: Notebook

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Streetwise Philadelphia Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Michelin Streetwise Maps)

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Streetwise Philadelphia Map is a laminated city center map of Philadelphia, PA. The accordion-fold pocket size travel map has an integrated Septa metro map including lines, stations and bus map.

Coverage includes:
Main Philadelphia Map 1:14,000
Philadelphia Area Map 1:190,000
Philadelphia Independence National Historical Park Map 1:7,000
Philadelphia Transit Map
Center City Philadelphia Bus Map

Dimensions: 4" x 8.5" folded, 8.5" x 24" unfolded

Most people think that Philadelphia = Liberty Bell, but that's only the prologue. Yes, you can find the Bell, Independence Hall and the Congress Hall in Independence National Park, but venture further and you'll find hidden delights. For instance a few blocks away is Elfreth's Alley, the oldest residential street in America that is still home to families and professionals but reverts to its historic legacy with special events held throughout the year. Reading Terminal Market is a gastronomic payday, a giant public market that houses the most delicious offerings from around the region. And then there is cheesesteak perhaps one of the most passionate subjects in Philadelphia.

Looking at the STREETWISE® map of Philadelphia, you'll notice that the city is dissected by the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. Between the Schuylkill and Delaware are the downtown business district, Independence Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Society Hill and Penn's Landing. The west side of the Schuylkill is University City where The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University are located.

The STREETWISE® map of Philadelphia lays all this out for you and enables you to master the city and region. The insets on STREETWISE® Philadelphia Map include the Septa transit system and a Philadelphia Center City bus map. The expanded inset map of Independence Park will enable you to locate all the historic sites of Philadelphia. Use the Philadelphia Area Map to navigate throughout the Philadelphia area and the regions beyond. Find the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, or Philadelphia International Airport, or the Cherry Hill Mall. On an educational odyssey? Villanova, Bryn Mawr, and Swathmore College are only some of the temples of higher learning. A complete index of streets, hotels, points of interest, shopping, and parks is clearly listed.

The pocket size map of Philadelphia is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use.


What's Great About Pennsylvania? (Our Great States)

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What's so great about Pennsylvania? Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Keystone State! Explore Pennsylvania's big cities, mountains, rivers, and rich history. The Pennsylvania by Map feature shows where you'll find all the places covered in the book. A special section provides quick state facts such as the state motto, capital, population, animals, foods, and more. Take a fun-filled tour of all there is to discover in Pennsylvania.

Explorer's Guide Eastern Pennsylvania: Includes Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Amish Country & the Poconos (Second Edition) (Explorer's Complete)

By Laura Randall

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From natural areas and historic areas in and around Philadelphia to the Amish markets of Lancaster Countyn, and much more, this guide offers great guidance for this fascinating region.

From natural areas and historic areas in and around Philadelphia to the Amish markets of Lancaster County; from historic battlefields at Valley Forge and Gettysburg to the antiques shops of Bucks County and the leisure resorts and quiet nature trails of the Pocono Mountains, this guide offers great guidance for this fascinating region. Areas covered are all within easy driving distance of most East Coast states.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Walking Tour of Historic Philadelphia (Philadelphia Inquirer's Walking Tours of Historic Philadelphia)

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Today, our nation s historic treasures among them the most revered icons of American democracy assume more significance than ever, and this guidebook to Philadelphia shows readers just where to find them. History buffs can follow twelve walking tours through different neighborhoods, visiting buildings, streets, gardens, and parks dating from the colonial period to the Victorian era that still stand as proud testaments to the city s storied past. The only guide of its kind for Philadelphia, it incorporates the latest information on all the sites, including the Independence Hall area, which has undergone numerous changes in recent years. The Philadelphia Inquirer s Walking Tours of Historic Philadelphia will be the trusted companion for explorers of the city s rich heritage. Arranged to help readers follow a logical path from site to site, the guide includes maps, information about which sites can be toured, and tips on parking, public transportation, and nearby restaurants. It is the definitive resource for those who want to stand in the spot where William Penn disembarked from his ship, the Welcome, or follow in the footsteps of Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin. Tours include: The Independence Hall Rittenhouse Square Society Hill West Philadelphia Penn s Landing and Camden The Benjamin Franklin Parkway Southwark and Queen Village Fairmount Park The City Hall area Germantown This is an essential guide for visitors to Philadelphia, for residents who want to know more about their city s past, and for anyone who has an interest in the history of one of our country s oldest and greatest cities.


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