Philadelphia was home to many of the country's founding fathers who fought for independence, but while the city is steeped in American history, it's also an eclectic mix of diverse neighborhoods and modern attractions that draw visitors from all over the world.
Distinguished residents have included Benjamin Franklin - see his statue at Library Hall in Old City - or visit the homes of Edgar Allan Poe and Betsy Ross.
Philadelphia also features excellent art museums, popular music venues, and is one of America's favorite sports towns (thanks to the Eagles, the Phillies, the Fliers and the 76ers)
Did you know? The word "philadelphia" is Greek for "brotherly love".
Attractions in Philadelphia
American history? Philly's got it covered - along with art museums, 3-D extravaganzas, and the nation's oldest zoo. Sample a bit of everything.
Liberty Bell - See the 2,000-pound symbol of freedom, and examine x-rays of its crack. Then head for the "Liberty 360" 3-D show in a new state-of-the-art theater for a fascinating journey into history. And don't miss the National Constitution Center - dedicated to "We the People".
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Yes, these are the steps Stallone jogged up in the original "Rocky" movie, but do go inside; its world-class collection includes art from the Renaissance, American masters, Impressionists and so much more.
The Philadelphia Zoo - This was the country's first zoo (chartered in 1859), and features elephants, tree kangaroos plus a Primate Reserve, Carnivore Kingdom, and Rare Animal Conservation Center.
Shopping and Restaurants in Philadelphia
Dining: Yes, you can find French cuisine here, along with Peruvian, Japanese, down-home BBQ and delightful neighborhood Italian joints. Oh, yes, there's also a sandwich called the "Philadelphia cheesesteak" which you may have heard of... and that you simply have to try.
Shopping: This city can be a shoppers' paradise, featuring everything from mega-malls and premium outlets to tiny boutiques in charming neighborhoods and gourmet food emporiums. See VisitPhilly.com to arrange a personal shopping tour.
Check out Old Philadelphia for lively Philly nightlife featuring dance clubs and trendy drinking establishments plus a smattering of "dive bars" with great pub-grub.
Flights to Philadelphia
More than 350,000 people fly out of Philly each week. Flying to Philadelphia is quite easy, and so is finding cheap flights to Philadelphia, especially if you use FareCompare's search site to compare fares.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL): This hub for US Airways has thousands of domestic flights each week and also provides service to Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.
More Information on Philadelphia
Not sure what all you want to see and do in Philadelphia? Check here for ideas:
Philadelphia USA - This official convention and visitors site offers attraction and event ideas, and even packaged tours.
Philadelphia.com - Find upcoming festivals, sporting events, comedy clubs, best coffee houses and more.