America's First Capital City
As most people are aware, Philadelphia is one of the USA's oldest cities, an American city rich in history and culture. From Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 proclaiming American independence, to Penn's Landing, named after the influential and charismatic governor William Penn, Philadelphia has much to teach visitors about the early years of America. At the same time, Philadelphia is a bustling city with modern attractions and entertainment.
Philadelphia's historical roots are very deep. As the seat of American government during the first crucial decades of American independence, Philadelphia was America's greatest city. The city's pride was manifested in the City Hall, which is the largest and most ornate municipal hall in the country. Philadelphia was the site of the meetings of the Continental and then the US Congress until 1800. But Philadelphia's history is even older than that of the United States itself. As a British Colony founded by William Penn and the Quakers, Pennsylvania attracted many different religious denominations to its tolerant atmosphere. Many of those faiths have built beautiful churches throughout the city in celebration of the religious freedom they found in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia was and remains to this day a cultural center. Benjamin Franklin himself helped found many of the educational and cultural offerings of the city. Numerous universities and museums can be found here in the City of Brotherly Love. The Philadelphia Art Museum is the third largest in the country with over 300,000 different items. Other museums celebrate the Philadelphia's place in American history. Philadelphia also boasts numerous entertainment centers, such as Penn's Landing where a wonderful collection of historical ships provides the background for numerous restaurants and entertainment venues.
Philadelphia's careful city planning made it an ideal choice for housing the US government, and it has produced many treasures that are still enjoyed by visitors and residents. Fairmont Park, for example, is the largest landscaped municipal park in the world. It houses numerous attractions, as well as walking trails and recreation areas.
Philadelphia has enjoyed a special place in American history, and visitors come to the city to learn about that history as they learn about this beautiful city and all it offers.
Elevation: 40 feet above sea level
Land Area: 135.1 square miles
Location: Philadelphia is located on the south eastern
border of Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River.
Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it's noon in Philadelphia, it's 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). Philadelphia observes Daylight Savings Time from April - October.
The City of Philadelphia offers a variety of
seasons for its visitors. As both a business city as well as a historic leisure
destination, it welcomes visitors throughout the year. Summers tend to be
busier as people from around the world come to see many of the historic
attractions in and around the city. With daytime temperatures in the mid 80's F
and the nights cooling to the mid 60's, it's an ideal time to explore the host
of sites and outdoor attractions available. Spring and fall tend to be quite
beautiful as nature changes the seasons with a plethora of seasonal colors. The
temperatures are brisk, but perfect for a leisurely stroll through one of the
many parks or sipping a warm drink at one of the many cafes and restaurants
available. Winters can be chilly and snow is likely at any given time. When
the snow does fall, it transforms the city into a Norman Rockwell-like picture,
making it just right for sitting by a cozy fire. Whether for business or
pleasure, this city of "Brotherly Love" has a season for everyone.
How to Get Here:
Philadelphia International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) serves
as the principal gateway for the fifth largest metropolitan population in the
United States. The airport is located approximately seven (7) miles from
downtown Philadelphia, and is easily accessible from Interstates 76, 95, and
476. In addition, rail service to the airport is available on SEPTA'S High Speed
Rail Line (R1) train that operates from 5:25 AM until 11:25 PM daily, every 30
minutes, with easy connections to Amtrak at 30th Street Station. The airport is
served by many of the world known airlines as well as certain local and regional
All of the major car rental companies as well as
taxi and limousine service are available at the airport as well as throughout
The city is easily accessible by car as numerous
Instate Highways are near the city. Thinking of the city as a rectangle, I-95
is located at the bottom and on the right; I-276, also called the Pennsylvania
Turnpike, is on the top edge; and I-76 spits off the left side into the city.
I-676 traverses Center City and connects back into I-76 to nearby Camden, New
Jersey, via a bridge. The "blue" route of I-476 forms a left edge about 15
miles from the city and connect I-276 and I-76 at the northern end with I-95 to
2955 Market St.
30th Street Station
Philadelphia, PA 19104
1001 Filbert St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Philadelphia Sigler Travelers Service
1330 W Olney Ave.
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How to Get Around:
Philadelphia is a very pedestrian friendly city and therefore it is quite easy to leave the car and walk to many of the interesting sites and attractions. There are additional options available as well:
SEPTA operates an extensive network of trolleys,
buses, commuter trains, and subways.
Call for further information.
New Year's Day, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in
President' Day, the third Monday in February
Memorial Day, the last Monday in May
Independence Day, July 4
Labor Day, the first Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and
New Year's Eve, December 31
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