Philadelphia City Guide


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An Introduction To Philadelphia

Philadelphia

There are many reasons to visit Philadelphia there is a great deal to undertake no matter how large your group. This article is not to blow your mind with everything that is going on in Philadelphia but rather just provide guidance and offer advice on what is there. Like in other cities, there are attractions of good and poor quality to visit and if this is your initial time of visiting Philadelphia or if you have been there before, it's important you make the most of your time there. It is often an idea to have a rough plan of places you wish to visit, and Philadelphia has a wide variety of fascinating places to visit that you will never forget.

Top 10 Attractions

During your time in Philadelphia there are a number of attractions that you should be aware of to possibly plan into your trip. The popular Pennsylvania locality of The USA has attractions which you could be familiar and others that are less well known to people from outside the area of Philadelphia we have amassed a Top Ten list to guide you:

1. Philadelphia Museum of Art
2. Citizens Bank Park
3. Independence National Historical Park
4. National Museum of American Jewish History
5. Independence Hall
6. Eastern State Penitentiary
7. Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul
8. Morris Arboretum
9. Please Touch Museum
10. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

This collection are just to get you going if you have a good local book or guide you can expand on these and if you have long enough in Philadelphia. You will discover other enjoyable locations and attractions in and around the Philadelphia vicinity of The USA.

Transport

Philadelphia is not a hard place to travel around. Once you have an eye for the place and you are familiar with a couple of landmarks you should be able to navigate around with ease. You can cover a lot of the city as a pedestrian but make sure you stick to places you know after dark. If you wish to cover larger distances across Philadelphia there are some other alternatives to get around. Philadelphia has a number of Metro and Light Rail lines that cross the city. There is a good, reliable bus network where passes can be bought to cover you for multiple journeys. There is also the alternative to use Philadelphia Taxis, but be aware of slow moving traffic at rush hour. Whichever way you plan to explore Philadelphia ensure you see as much of it as you can.

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Accommodation

If you wish to stay in Philadelphia for longer than one night you will be looking for a place to sleep. Philadelphia has a wide range of places to bed down these includes high end, deluxed locations to lower end hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels. If you are visiting the city on business ensure that the hotel you pick has suitable facilities and is in the right area for your meetings as the traffic in Philadelphia can result in problems at certain times of the day. If you are seeking out more luxury accommodation there is a selection of top independent and chain hotels. Philadelphia also offers a good selection of lower star hotels that offer basic but suitable facilities for travellers. If you do not have a huge accommodation budget there is a number of guest houses and hotels in the area which are a fine place to sleep overnight. Whatever accommodation type you select in Philadelphia try and make time to see if any bargains exists on a wide array of travel web sites, often when there is a big event on in town.

Recommended Hotels

1. Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel
2. Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - a Kimpton Hotel
3. Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel
4. The Rittenhouse Hotel
5. Hilton Inn at Penn


Venues To Dine

There a countless locations to dine in Philadelphia, the place you dine at will reflect your tastes and budget. There are quite a lot of good cheap places that offer American meals and don't break the bank. If you are on the look out for a fine dining restaurant there are a wide number of these, but you will need to make a reservation also ensure you are dressed correctly. If you just wish to eat without glamour the well known chain brands like McDonalds etc are available, but if you want something a bit more edgy you should try asking a local or a taxi driver where they suggest. Part and parcel of visiting a city is to enjoy everything about it, including it's food There is a wide variety of places to dine in Philadelphia. whether that is a café, a fine restaurant or food from a street vendor. You should check local newspapers for offers and ensure that you try something new.

Recommended Places To Eat

1. Vernick Food and Drink
2. Reading Terminal Market
3. Lacroix at the Rittenhouse
4. Talula's Garden
5. Zahav


Information

When coming to terms with a new location like Philadelphia it is essential to have to facts. There are some here that could help you.

Continent: North America
Country: USA
Region: Pennsylvania
International Dialing Code: 1
Philadelphia Coordinates: 39.9500° N, 75.1700° W
Altitude: 39 ft (12 m)
Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Language: English
Philadelphia Time Zone: EST (UTC-5)
City Population: 1,526,006
Metro Population: 5,965,343
Temperature High In 25.6°C / 78.1°F
Temperature Low In 0.5°C /32.9°F


Keeping Safe

Just like other cities Philadelphia possess it's own good and bad points. it is key not to be too complacent and you will remain safe and have a brilliant holiday to this superb American area. Before you set off, buy a good guide book and know where you are going, don't make it obvious you are a tourist by flaunting expensive devices around and don't carry valuables or excessive amounts of cash on your person. Stick to populated places in the darkness and if you should get lost hail a taxi. You might be enjoying yourself, but still be alert. Bear this is mind and you will have a great time in Philadelphia. As a rule The USA is a very safe country with warm and friendly residents. Some rudimentary planning works in your favour and if you know a city better, you will have a much better time there.

Sports

Philadelphia is a city that really enjoys it's sport there are a number of professional sports teams within Philadelphia that if you get the chance are well worth a visit at some truly great sporting venues.

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MLB Baseball Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park
NBA Basketball Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center
NFL American Football Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field
NHL Ice Hockey Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center
MLS Soccer Philadelphia Union PPL Park (in Chester, PA)

30 October 2013