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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.

  • The principal airport serving Philadelphia is Philadelphia International Airport.

  • Perhaps the best known 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.

  • Professional sports teams 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.

  • 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

By DK Travel

Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
Released: 2016-01-12
Paperback (208 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country is your in-depth guide to the very best of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

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. Venture outside the city to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country for a horse-drawn buggy ride, tiny road-side bakeries, and a true taste of the Amish lifestyle.

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

   • 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 sight 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.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

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 region 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.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photography, and illustrations of any guide.

Rand Mcnally Easy To Read: Pennsylvania State Map

By Rand McNally

Rand McNally
Map (2 pages)

Rand Mcnally Easy To Read: Pennsylvania State Map
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  • shows all Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways
  • easy-to-use legend and detailed index make for quick and easy location of destinations
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Rand McNally's Easy To Read State Folded Map is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around Pennsylvania, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price. Our trusted cartography shows all Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways, along with clearly indicated parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and streets.
The easy-to-use legend and detailed index make for quick and easy location of destinations. You'll see why Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years.

Regularly updated, full-color maps
40% larger map with a bigger type size than the Rand McNally Folded Map
Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways
Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and more
Mileage and driving times map
Detailed index
Convenient folded size

Detailed maps of: Allentown/Bethlehem, Altoona, Erie, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Lancaster, Philadelphia & Vicinity, Downtown Philadelphia, Pittsburgh & Vicinity, Downtown Pittsburgh, Reading, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, York

Moon Philadelphia: Including Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Travel Guide)

By Karrie Gavin

MOON
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.

StreetSmart Philadelphia Map by VanDam-Laminated, pocket sized city street map to Philadelphia with 3D detail of Centre City, Independence Nat'l Historic Park Septa Transit & Map, 2016 Edition

By Stephan Van Dam & Editor

VanDam, Inc
Map (2 pages)

StreetSmart Philadelphia Map by VanDam-Laminated, pocket sized city street map to Philadelphia with 3D detail of Centre City, Independence Nat l Historic Park  Septa Transit & Map, 2016 Edition
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VanDam's award winning Philadelphia StreetSmart maps all top attractions including historic sites, hotels, major architecture, dining, and shopping - all at an immensely legible super-scale of 1:8,500, complete with 3-D building illustrations. Clear information design allows users to read the map from three feet away and has earned VanDam maps a place in the MoMA Collection.

Philadelphia StreetSmart includes a stunning dimensional detail of Penn's Landing, Independence Historical National Park, Center City, and University City. Edition also includes a map of Metro Philadelphia and SEPTA Regional Transit.

Simplicity reigns supreme in information design to make complex cities clear and understandable. Our typography creates character and reveals the true bones of the city. VanDam uses a letter grid to identify locations on maps - no confusing and cluttering K-28 or V-34s - its just the city from A-Z. Our covers map the icons of each city and turn them into collectible graphic art. Each sleek and laminated city map package opens to 24" x 9" and then easily folds down to 4" x 9" to snuggly fit into a shirt pocket or purse. Gain instant Philly StreetSmarts and a sexy souvenir to boot!

Philadelphia UNFOLDS® Map by VanDam - City Street Map of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Laminated folding pocket size city travel and subway map, 2016 Edition

By Stephan Van Dam

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VanDam's patented Philadelphia UNFOLDS® maps all top attractions, including historic sites, hotels, major architecture, museums, parks, transit systems, and more - all at an immensely legible super-scale complete with 3D building illustrations. Each map unfolds to 12 times times its original size, then refolds automatically when the covers are closed. Eminently clear information design allows users to read the map from three feet away and has earned VanDam Maps a place in the MoMA Collection.

Philadelphia UNFOLDS® includes details of Center City and University City, as well as Independence Historical National Park. Edition also includes a Philly Metro Area Map, as well as a SETPA Regional Transit map.

Simplicity reigns supreme in information design to make complex cities clear and understandable. Our typography creates character and reveals the true bones of the city. VanDam uses a letter grid to identify locations on maps - no confusing and cluttering K-28s or V-34s - its just the city from A-Z. Our covers map the icons of each city and turn them into collectible graphic art. Size open: 8.5" x 11" per section; 3.25" x 7" closed to snuggly fit into a shirt pocket or purse. Gain instant Philly StreetSmarts and a sexy souvenir to boot!

Frommer's Philadelphia day by day

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Frommer s Philadelphia day by day
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Frommer's Philadelphia Day-by-Day Guide is the complete up-to-date reference for visitors who want to maximize their stay in the smartest, most time-efficient way. With full-color throughout with hundreds of evocative photos, this invaluable guide offers reviews on a wide array of sightseeing, lodging, shopping, dining and entertainment options in all price ranges, and also includes thematic and walking tours of the city's best-loved neighborhoods with Frommer's trademark candid and accessible expertise.

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
Paperback (400 pages)

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

Fodor's Philadelphia (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor s
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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 - The Delaplaine 2017 Long Weekend Guide

By Andrew Delaplaine

Gramercy Park Press
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PHILADELPHIA - The Delaplaine 2017 Long Weekend Guide
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A complete guide for everything you need to experience a great Long Weekend in Philadelphia. “There was so much to do in Philadelphia that we were a little overwhelmed. This book cut everything down to the point that we could digest it all, helping us to decide what we wanted to see out of so many different attractions, and where we wanted to eat.” --Shelly D., Fort Lauderdale. “We are from London, and we were looking forward to our first trip to the place where Americans first proclaimed their liberty by revolting against us. This guide helped us to have an excellent visit.” ---Wilfred G., London You'll save a lot of time using this concise guide. =Lodgings (throughout the area) variously priced =Fine & budget restaurants, more than enough listings to give you a sense of the variety to be found. =Principal attractions -- don't waste your precious time on the lesser ones. We've done all the work for you. =A handful of interesting shopping ideas.

Moon Pennsylvania (Moon Handbooks)

By Anna Dubrovsky

Avalon Travel Publishing
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Pennsylvania resident and voracious traveler Anna Dubrovsky covers the best of the Keystone State, including Philadelphia, Amish country, the Pocono Mountains, Hershey, and Presque Isle. She offers a variety of unique travel strategies—from kid-pleasing getaways to rail fan meccas—and details the most popular sights, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Gettysburg National Military Park, and Fallingwater. Complete with expert tips on places to dine, sleep, and shop, Moon Pennsylvania gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.


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