Philadelphia is one of the largest cities in the United States, but its walkable downtown, friendly people and intriguing neighborhoods give it the charm of a small town. The second-largest city on the East Coast, Philadelphia is situated at the crossroads of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. New York City is about an hour away by train and Washington D.C., is less than two hours.
Philadelphia is “the birthplace of America”, where the past comes alive in some of the nation’s most important historical sites and along the city’s cobblestone streets. But our historical importance is only part of the story. A wealth of arts and cultural attractions, renowned performing arts companies, awe-inspiring architecture, a rich multicultural heritage, seemingly endless shopping, and a restaurant scene that has captured the world’s attention, combine to create an unforgettable experience.
In Independence National Historical Park, “America’s most historic square mile”, visitors can see two of the nation’s most precious monuments — the Liberty Bell, symbol of the nation’s freedom, and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776 and the U.S. Constitution was written in 1787. Philadelphia served as the nation’s first capital from 1791 to 1800.
With no tax on shoes and clothing, the city has emerged as a shopper’s paradise. From the upscale shops of Rittenhouse Row and boutiques and art galleries of Old City, to the second largest retail mall in America, Philadelphia is the place to “shop until you drop!”
For visitors, there is no end to the possibilities in Philadelphia.