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Philadelphia


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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  • Some of the major companies with their headquarters in Philadelphia include Cigna, CIGNA, Comcast and Sunoco.

  • Probably the most famous educational institution in Philadelphia is the University of Pennsylvania. The University of Pennsylvania 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.

  • Professional sports franchises in Philadelphia include the AHL ice hockey team, the Philadelphia Phantoms, the American football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, the basketball team, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Major League Baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the NHL ice hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers.

  • The principal airport for Philadelphia is Philadelphia International Airport.

  • 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 & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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Released: 2017-11-28
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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.

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   • 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.

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Fodor's Philadelphia (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

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Released: 2016-05-24
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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

Moon Philadelphia: Including Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Travel Guide)

By Karrie Gavin

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Released: 2017-06-13
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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.

Explorer's Guide Eastern Pennsylvania: Includes Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Amish Country & the Poconos (Second Edition) (Explorer's Complete)

By Laura Randall

Brand: Countryman Press
Released: 2012-06-04
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From natural areas and historic areas in and around Philadelphia to the Amish markets of Lancaster Countyn, and much more, this guide offers great guidance for this fascinating region.

From natural areas and historic areas in and around Philadelphia to the Amish markets of Lancaster County; from historic battlefields at Valley Forge and Gettysburg to the antiques shops of Bucks County and the leisure resorts and quiet nature trails of the Pocono Mountains, this guide offers great guidance for this fascinating region. Areas covered are all within easy driving distance of most East Coast states.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania: Travel Journal

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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. Award-winning journalist 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. It's recommended for locals, as well as tourists, promising something for everyone.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia & The Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country will lead you straight to the best attractions this region has to offer. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floor plans, and reconstructions of the must-see sights in this historic area, plus a pull-out city map clearly marked with attractions from the guidebook and an easy-to-use street index.

DK's insider travel tips and essential local information will help you discover the best of Philadelphia, from the Old City (known as "America's most historic square mile") encompassing Independence Hall and the iconic Liberty Bell to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Detailed listings will guide you to hotels, restaurants, entertainment and shopping for all budgets, while transportation maps and a chart showing the walking distances between sights will help you get around the city.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that brighten every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country truly shows you this region as no one else can.

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

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WHICH invention dedicated in 1946 at the University

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

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Frommer's Philadelphia day by day

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