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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 basketball team, the Philadelphia 76ers, the ice hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers, the ice hockey team, the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Major League Baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the NFL American football team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • The main airport serving Philadelphia is Philadelphia International Airport.

  • Probably the most famous 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.

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

  • 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 and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2017-11-28
Paperback (208 pages)

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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.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

   • 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.

Moon Philadelphia: Including Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Travel Guide)

By Karrie Gavin

Released: 2017-06-13
Paperback (400 pages)

Moon Philadelphia: Including Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Travel Guide)
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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.

Fodor's Philadelphia (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

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

Fodor s Philadelphia (Travel Guide)
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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

Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania:: Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know (Arcadia Kids)

By Kate Boehm Jerome

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2011-05-02
Paperback (48 pages)

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WHAT big celebration drew nine million people to

Philadelphia--in 1875?

(Hint: It was another "Philly first.")

WHICH invention dedicated in 1946 at the University

of Pennsylvania greatly contributed to the birth of the

Information Age?

(Hint: The "baby" weighed 30 tons!)

Find these answers and more in Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know™ Arcadia Kids is a new series of fun, colorful, easy-to-read books for children ages 7-11 featuring attention-grabbing cover art, inviting conversational style content, and vivid full-color images of landmarks and geography. Parents, grandparents, and savvy shoppers will appreciate the feel good factor of purchasing books that are both fun AND educational.

Moon Pennsylvania

By Rachel Vigoda

Released: 2018-08-07
Paperback (500 pages)

Moon Pennsylvania
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Visit historic battlefields, share the road with horse-drawn buggies, and explore two vibrant cities on the rise. Inside Moon Pennsylvania you'll find:
  • Strategic itineraries like a 7-day spin through the best of the state, weekend trips, and tips for history buffs, families, and outdoor adventurers
  • The top sights and unique experiences: Sneak a peek at the Liberty Bell and museum-hop in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Hike, camp, or show off your snowboarding skills in the Poconos, spot roaming elk in the Pennsylvania Wilds, and relax on the shores of Lake Erie. Learn about American history at Gettysburg, marvel at Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece in the Laurel Highlands, or take a horse-drawn buggy through Amish country. Find the best Philly cheesesteak, indulge in all that Hershey has to offer, and try a "Pittsburgh-style" sandwich stuffed with fries
  • Suggestions for day trips from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, including Bucks County, Amish Country, Moraine and McConnells Mill State Parks, Fallingwater, and Cook Forest State Park
  • Local tips from Philadelphia local Rachel Vigoda on when to go, how to get around, and where to stay
  • Thorough background information on the landscape, wildlife, climate, and local culture
  • Focused coverage of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Pocono Mountains, Pittsburgh, the Alleghenies, the Lake Region, and Pennsylvania Wilds
With Moon Pennsylvania's practical tips and local insight, you can experience the best of the Keystone State.

Staying in the city? Try Moon Pittsburgh or Moon Philadelphia. Exploring more of the East Coast? Try Moon Virginia & Maryland or Moon Washington DC.

Walking Philadelphia: 30 Walking Tours Exploring Art, Architecture, History, and Little-Known Gems

By Natalie Pompilio

Paperback (272 pages)

Walking Philadelphia: 30 Walking Tours Exploring Art, Architecture, History, and Little-Known Gems
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Get to know the city’s most vibrant and historic neighborhoods.

Grab your walking shoes and become an urban adventurer. Natalie Pompilio guides you through 30 unique walking tours in this comprehensive guidebook. Go beyond the obvious with self-guided tours that showcase famed fare (such as cheesesteaks, pretzels, and beer that make Philadelphia a foodies’ paradise), as well as vintage boutiques, high-end shopping destinations, and one-of-a-kind local goods. Discover Philadelphia’s many “Firsts”―the first zoo, first library system, and first hospital―plus dozens of historic sites you learned about in school. Explore a Museum District that’s second to none, an all-encompassing park system, America’s Most Historic Square Mile, and much more.

Walking Philadelphia is the only guide to the city that makes you feel like you’re being led by your smartest, closest, funniest friend. The tours not only include all the important historic facts and figures, but Natalie also shares behind-the-scenes stories and tidbits that you’ll later rush to tell others. Plus, Tricia Pompilio’s photography brings these walking tours to life. Walking Philadelphia is recommended for locals, as well as tourists, promising something for everyone.

Frommer's Philadelphia day by day (Day by Day Guides)

By Reid Bramblett

Released: 2019-06-18
Paperback (192 pages)

Frommer s Philadelphia day by day (Day by Day Guides)
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Portable, up-to-date, and to-the-point, Frommer’s Philadelphia Day by Day is all about maximizing the time you have to spend in this fascinating and historic city. This itinerary-based book, written by long-time resident Reid Bramblett, hits all of Philly’s highlights―as well as hidden gems―with plans crafted for visitors with a variety of needs and interests. Whether you want to immerse yourself in Revolutionary War history, hunt for the best cheesesteak in town, see some of the world’s greatest works of art, or stroll through the city’s buzziest neighborhoods, this guide is for you.

Inside the guide:

· Full-color photos and useful maps, including a tear-resistant foldout map in its own re-sealable envelope

· Best of Philadelphia itineraries for seeing the city in a limited amount of time

· Rewarding experiences for families, couples, food lovers, and those interested in Philly’s rich history

· Opinionated reviews of the best attractions, shops, restaurants, spas, nightlife, and hotels in all price ranges―as well as the ones that aren’t worth precious vacation time

· Helpful planning tips for getting there, getting around, saving money, and getting the most from your trip

About Frommer’s: There’s a reason that Frommer’s has been the most trusted name in travel for more than sixty years. Arthur Frommer created the best-selling guide series in 1957 to help American servicemen fulfill their dreams of travel in Europe, and since then, we have published thousands of titles became a household name helping millions upon millions of people realize their own dreams of seeing our planet. Travel is easy with Frommer’s.

Philadelphia 25 Secrets - The Locals Travel Guide For Your Trip to Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2019

By 55 Secrets & Philadelphia Travel Guide

Released: 2016-04-20
Kindle Edition (26 pages)

Philadelphia 25 Secrets - The Locals Travel Guide  For Your Trip to Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2019
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25 Secrets you’d never find out about PHILADELPHIA!

Welcome to the most Complete Philadelphia Travel Guide for Tourists made by locals!

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♥Best places to eat in town
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♥Best things to do in Philadelphia - Pennsylvania
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If you are heading to the wonderful city of Philadelphia anytime soon this book will give you an insight of the best places and most unique places to see where you will mingle with the locals and get to see and do the activities as one of them.

We have prepared a unique BUCKET LIST with the 25 most unique experiences you can have in Philadelphia
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Philadelphia: Including Surrounding Counties and Outlying Areas of New Jersey and Delaware

By Lori Litchman

Menasha Ridge Press
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The best way to experience Philadelphia is by hiking it.
Get outdoors with local author and hiking expert Lori Litchman with the new full-color edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Philadelphia. These trails transport you to scenic overlooks, wildlife hot spots, and historical settings that renew your spirit and recharge your body.

Go bird-watching at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. See the unique ecosystem at the New Jersey Pine Barrens, with its diverse plant and animal life. Enjoy nature in Wissahickon Valley Park, which is only minutes from the city center and has over 50 miles of trails. Immerse yourself in history at the Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Each hike description features:
Key information on length, hiking time, difficulty, configuration, scenery, traffic, trail surface, and accessibility
Information on the history and natural history of the areas the hikes pass through
A detailed trail map and elevation profile
Clear directions to the trailhead and trailhead GPS data
Tips on nearby activities

Whether you are a local looking for new places to explore, or a visitor in the area for business or pleasure, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Philadelphia will provide plenty of options for outings lasting a full day to a couple of hours, all within about an hour's drive of Philadelphia and the surrounding communities.

Not For Tourists Guide to Philadelphia (Not for Tourists Guidebooks)

By Not For Tourists

Brand: Not For Tourists
Released: 2014-05-13
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The Not For Tourists Guide to Philadelphia is a map-based guide to the city made for locals, business travelers, and yes, even tourists. It divides Philly into twenty-seven neighborhoods, each with maps marked by user-friendly icons locating the essentials of life, from banks to coffee shops. NFT covers everything from restaurants, museums, landmarks, bars, and post offices to information on kid-friendly activities, airports, and public transportation. The guide also includes:

· A foldout map showing highways and rail transit

· Over seventy-five neighborhood and city maps

· Details on parks and sports

· Listings for shopping and bookstores

· A special icon to pinpoint the best cheesesteaks

It’s the greatest thing to happen to Philly since cream cheese.

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