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Philadelphia Introduction


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Old City, a hip neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is today much as it was when Benjamin Franklin walked its streets. One of the most progressive citizens of his time, city-father Franklin would surely approve of the many art galleries, trendy shops and vibrant restaurants that dot the downtown Philadelphia landscape.   Click here to see the full Philadelphia travel guide on Travel42 »

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Philadelphia Geography


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Among the largest cities in the U.S., Philadelphia lies 100 mi/160 km south of New York City and 55 mi/90 km inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Its eastern boundary, the Delaware River, separates Pennsylvania from New Jersey and provides access to the Atlantic, making Philadelphia one of the most important commercial ports in the country. The city's western boundary is the Schuylkill (pronounced SCHOOL-kill) River. Compact and easy to navigate, Center City (downtown) is surrounded by the Avenue of the Arts, Old City, the Parkway and Museum area, Fairmount Park, University City, the Convention Center and Chinatown.  Click here to see the full Philadelphia travel guide on Travel42 »

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Philadelphia History


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William Penn established Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, in 1682—his "holy experiment," demonstrating the Quaker ideal of religious tolerance, creating a city without walls or neighborhood borders. Because of its excellent location near the Atlantic coast and accessible port facilities, Philadelphia grew rapidly in the 1700s until it was the second-largest English-speaking city in the world. It was called the "Athens of the Americas" and the cultural center of the New World.   Click here to see the full Philadelphia travel guide on Travel42 »

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Philadelphia Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Independence National Historical Park is probably the most popular reason to visit Philadelphia. The park includes not only the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Declaration House, but also the National Constitution Center and Franklin Court, where the exhibits offer a view of Benjamin Franklin's life. Philadelphia and its suburbs are infused with history: historic homes, churches, museums, graveyards and gardens.  Click here to see the full Philadelphia travel guide on Travel42 »

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Philadelphia Nightlife


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Philadelphia's restaurant renaissance, which started around the time of the 1976 bicentennial celebration, also ushered in the idea that the city should not close up its sidewalks at 9 pm. New nightclubs and other nightspots continue to proliferate, especially on the waterfront, in Northern Liberties and Old City, and on South Street. Some of the slickest spots in town are the city's hotel bars.  Click here to see the full Philadelphia travel guide on Travel42 »

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Philadelphia Restaurants & Dining


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Since Philadelphia's widely publicized "restaurant renaissance" of the 1970s, this culturally and ethnically diverse city has offered restaurants for every taste and pocketbook. The most recent area of restaurant development is in the neighborhoods of Northern Liberties and a stretch of South Philly known as East Passyunk.   Click here to see the full Philadelphia travel guide on Travel42 »

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