The Hound | Jan 13, 2011
The city of brotherly love, birthplace of America, and home of the famous Philly cheesesteak, Philadelphia has a long history based on religious freedom and forward thinking. The sixth largest city in the US and home of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, this is a city that thrives on its diverse past, present and future.
Get started at the official visitor site for a great overview of this city’s offerings from hotels to sports to upcoming events. Don’t forget the food – it’s only the beginning of your feast whether here for a conference, trade show, or convention. Hungry?
Once you arrive, get ready to hit the ground… walking. One of the most walkable cities in the US, visitors can be easily guided by the numerous “Walk! Philadelphia” signs, especially around Center City and Old City. Or rest your feet by taking SEPTA’s buses, commuter trains, trolley or subway. Want to find out what the locals are up to? Try Uwishunu, a unique blog with the inside track or the Inquirer for local news. Sports fan? With a range of pro teams there’s always game going on, whether it’s the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, or Sixers. Or find something good to eat, no matter your price range or taste.
Speaking of food, no visit is complete without seeing Geno’s and Pat’s, the two most famous cheesesteak shops in the city. Conveniently located down the street from one another, the debate over who is the best is long-ranging. Taste and decide for yourself, but be sure to have your order ready before you get to the window! “With” or “without” specifies your desire for fried onions; cheese types are limited usually to three kinds.
For a more historic flavor, make sure to visit the newly opened (December 2010) President’s House, the “White House” when Philadelphia was the capital of the US from 1790-1800. Down the street you’ll find Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell – make sure to have your camera at the ready! If you want to see multiple attractions, consider citypass for reduced entry fees, including the Franklin Institute and Please Touch Museum. You’re also sure to see the extensive public art no matter where you go. There are seemingly countless attractions, including America’s first zoo.
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