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Philadelphia is the birthplace of the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. Brothers Pat and Harry Olivieri first served the sandwich in the 1930s from a little hot dog stand. The sandwich was so popular, Pat was able to open his own restaurant.

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Visitor Centers

Start at PHL Visitor Centers Independence Visitor Center in the city’s Historic Mile district provides everything from city maps to multilingual representatives to free tickets to attractions. Helping you make great memories Start at the Independence Visitor Center. Independence Visitor Center is the first stop to start your experience in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Speak to our multilingual Visitor Service Representatives, pick up maps and brochures or purchase tickets to […]
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Places to Stay

Luxury, boutique, B&B and more With more than 11,000 hotels rooms in Philadelphia (including more than 9,000 within a 15-minute walk of the Pennsylvania Convention Center), we have the perfect spot for you. Choose from the quirky and boutique to budget-friendly or big-name brands. Whatever your needs, Philadelphia is here for the making.
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Visitors Guide

Philadelphia Official Visitors Guide™ The Philadelphia Official Visitors GuideTM can be viewed in the following formats: Online version Download the iOS app Download the Android app Order a copy Our Guide is Your Source For What Is Uniquely Philadelphia Whether it is your first or 50th time visiting the City of Brotherly Love, use the Philadelphia Official Visitors GuideTM to help you plan your trip. With listings of attractions, tours,restaurants, […]
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Visitor Basics + Transportation

Philadelphia: The Center Of It All The only thing easier than getting to Philadelphia is getting around once you’re here. In Philadelphia, everything is just around the corner, but miles from ordinary. ARRIVING Only 100 miles from New York City and 130 miles from Washington, D.C., we’re not kidding when we say we’re in the center of it all. By plane: There are more than 1,200 daily nonstop flights to […]
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Philadelphia served as the meeting place for the United States Congress for several years, and was where George Washington served as president from 1790 to 1797

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Find a Venue

The perfect location for your special event Looking for the location that mixes your tastes just perfectly with everything this city has to offer? Look no further. Check out these jaw-dropping venues for everything from casual business meetings to lavish banquets to have your every expectation met and exceeded. Whatever the event, Philadelphia is here for the making.
April 6, 2016

Professional Planner Resources

Make Your Meeting Easier The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s award-winning Convention Services department is eager to assist you in your planning efforts from beginning to end, from designing leisure time activities and spousal programs to exciting receptions and dinners, ensuring that your Philadelphia experience will be a successful and profitable one. Use this Digital Services Kit at the top of the page as your toolbox for all of the […]
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Philadelphia is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the United States of America, and has one of the highest densities of haunted houses.

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Neighborhoods

Discover Philadelphia Neighborhoods Love Park — officially John F. Kennedy Plaza — is known for the famed Love sculpture by Robert Indiana. It sits within feet of Philadelphia City Hall at the intersection of the Convention Center District, Washington Square, Rittenhouse Square and the Parkway Museums District. Explore Philadelphia’s One-of-a-Kind Communities Neighborhoods are the fabric of Philadelphia. Intimate, well-lit streets provide the adventure of discovery in city that is easy […]
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Historic Mile

Make some memories on an adventure into the heart of Colonial Philadelphia’s pub culture with stops at three modern day watering holes and one Colonial tavern (pictured above). The Tipplers Tour is available through Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Philadelphia: The Cradle of Liberty Philadelphia is where the American Dream was founded. It’s where courageous visionaries crafted the model for modern-day democracy that inspires people globally to embrace the power of their individuality […]
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Deals

Exclusive offers just for you   View these exclusive deals picked just for you by our partners, from shopping to dining to entertainment. Don’t miss specials from the city’s world-renowned Mural Arts Program or tax-free shopping on shoes and clothes (plus a discount!) at Macy’s, housed in the historic Wanamaker Building. And be sure to check back as more are added! If you’re looking for a great deal on a […]
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Attractions

World-class attractions, world-class city As America’s birthplace, Philadelphia is the nation’s only World Heritage City. Where else can you walk from the sites where political luminaries debated standing up to a king to the home of the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris before making your way through a giant-sized human heart?  Want to make some memories? Philadelphia is here for the making. DiscoverPHL Picks: Five places you […]

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Philadelphia has two well-known nicknames. It’s the “City of Brotherly Love,” and the “Cradle of Liberty.”
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Philadelphia was where the first American Flag was designed, sewn by Betsy Ross out of her humble upholstery shop.

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Visitor Centers

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Independence Visitor Center in the city’s Historic Mile district provides everything from city maps to multilingual representatives to free tickets to attractions.


Helping you make great memories

Start at the Independence Visitor Center.

Independence Visitor Center is the first stop to start your experience in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Speak to our multilingual Visitor Service Representatives, pick up maps and brochures or purchase tickets to more than 60 tours and attractions. This is the only place to pick up free timed tickets for tours of Independence Hall. Head to the corner of 6th & Market Street for more information or call 800-537-7676.

From where to go, what to see and how to get there, the Visitor Center has you covered.The world-class, multilingual Visitor Service Representatives at the Visitor Center can help plan an unforgettable trip. Make hotel reservations, enjoy free historical films and explore the National Park’s exhibit space — all at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center also offers hundreds of maps and brochures for top attractions, museums, restaurants and shopping districts throughout the region. And, if you’re looking for a souvenir that’s uniquely Philadelphia, stop into the Independence Store— the official gift shop of the Philadelphia region located just inside the Visitor’s Center Market Street entrance.

Hungry? Get a snack at the Café Independence and take advantage of the free WiFi available throughout the entire building. Or enjoy lunch at Crosswalk Café, the Visitor Center’s seasonal outdoor café the lawn from the Visitor Center.

And, if you’re in town for a convention, the Independence Visitor Center has a Visitor Service Representative desk conveniently located in the Pennsylvania Convention Center — get expert advice and purchase tickets right at the Convention Center.


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Sister Cities Park Café and Visitor Center
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Sister Cities Park Visitor Center is a gateway to the mile-long stretch of first-class museums and attractions that give life to the Parkway. While you’re there, explore the garden, sail a toy boat in the pond or grab a bite to eat.  Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

City Hall Visitor Center
City Hall, Room 121

Located in the true center of Philadelphia, the City Hall Visitor Center’s knowledgeable staff invites visitors to experience one of the City’s most iconic buildings. While you’re there, pick up tickets for a tour of City Hall and experience a breath-taking, panoramic view of Philadelphia from the top of City Hall’s clock tower. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fairmount Park Welcome Center in LOVE Park
16th Street and JFK Boulevard

Fairmount Park Welcome Center invites visitors to explore LOVE Park and the celebrated LOVE sculpture. Tickets to all tours and attractions and LOVE Park souvenirs are available at this location.

Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street

Our dedicated concierge staff is on-site during select events and conventions to welcome visitors to Philadelphia and offer expert advice on where to go, what to see and what to do while in town.

Macy’s Center City Visitor Center

13th and Market streets
Located in the historic Wanamaker building, Macy’s Center City Visitor Center provides information on Macy’s, the historic John Wanamaker building and the city of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. An added perk to any international or out-of state visitor is Macy’s 10% visitor savings pass. Stop by Macy’s Center City Visitor Center to pick up your visitor pass, then enjoy a 10% discount in addition to tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes. Valid I.D. is required.

Places to Stay

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Luxury, boutique, B&B and more

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With more than 11,000 hotels rooms in Philadelphia (including more than 9,000 within a 15-minute walk of the Pennsylvania Convention Center), we have the perfect spot for you. Choose from the quirky and boutique to budget-friendly or big-name brands. Whatever your needs, Philadelphia is here for the making.

Visitors Guide

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Philadelphia Official Visitors Guide™

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The Philadelphia Official Visitors GuideTM can be viewed in the following formats:

  • Online version
  • Download the iOS app
  • Download the Android app
  • Order a copy

Our Guide is Your Source For What Is Uniquely Philadelphia

Whether it is your first or 50th time visiting the City of Brotherly Love, use the Philadelphia Official Visitors GuideTM to help you plan your trip. With listings of attractions, tours,restaurants, hotels and much more, as well as a calendar of events and a guide to the City’s diverse neighborhoods, download your copy of the most comprehensive source available for what’s hot, what’s happening and what not to miss in Philadelphia.

If you’re in town, just stop by one of these venues to pick up a copy:

  • Hotels and Attractions
  • Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Independence Visitor Center
  • Sister Cities Park Visitor Center
  • City Hall Visitor Center
  • Philadelphia International Airport
  • Amtrak’s 30th Street Station

Traveling from overseas? Check out our international visitor guides.

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Visitor Basics + Transportation

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Philadelphia: The Center Of It All

The only thing easier than getting to Philadelphia is getting around once you’re here. In Philadelphia, everything is just around the corner, but miles from ordinary.


ARRIVING

Only 100 miles from New York City and 130 miles from Washington, D.C., we’re not kidding when we say we’re in the center of it all.

  • By plane: There are more than 1,200 daily nonstop flights to PHL. Once you’re here, it’s a 25-minute ride by SEPTA mass transit or a 10-minute ride in a taxi to cover the eight miles fromPhiladelphia International Airport to Center City. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves at 30-minute intervals, and a one-way fare is $8. The taxi ride costs a flat rate of $28.50. Click here or call the Airport Ground Transportation Hotline at 215-937-6958 for information on other ground transportation options.
  • By train: Amtrak Acela and commuter trains arrive at historic 30th Street Station throughout the day, placing passengers within a short walk of Center City. Philadelphia is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from New York City and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., via Acela Express.
  • By bus: Megabus offers low-cost express bus routes throughout the Northeast Corridor.
  • By car: Almost half of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive of Philadelphia. Interstates 95 and 76, and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes, provide access from all points on the compass. Once you arrive, there are more than 40 parking lots and garages in Center City. Pay with cash or credit or purchase a reloadable Smart Card. For a printable map of downtown parking, visit philapark.org. Drivers can also use SpotHero, a mobile app and website to search for and book discounted Philadelphia parking spots.

GETTING AROUND

Philadelphia has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the nation, but it also has a top-notch mass transit system and more.

  • Get oriented: Thanks to founder William Penn’s smart and simple grid street design, the heart of the city is easy to navigate. The Schuylkill and Delaware rivers border Center City’s 25 blocks on the west and east. Keep in mind that, south of Market Street, streets running east and west are named after trees while north and south streets are numbered.
    Check out the printable Center City map (pdf) or view our interactive city map for more information.
  • Walking: World-class dining, arts and entertainment, famous historic sites and tax-free clothing and shoes shopping are within steps of Center City hotels, so you’ll save a bundle on transportation. As you walk, you’ll notice color-coded directional signs that let you know what district you’re in and point you toward area attractions. And look for Center City District’s goodwill ambassadors, dressed in teal uniforms and equipped with maps, who are happy to give directions and answer questions.
  • Public transportation: Base cash fare for the SEPTA bus, trolley and subway system is $2.25; transfers are $1.00. Tokens can be purchased for $3.60 for a two pack. For families on the go, the best travel value is the Individual Independence Pass for $12 or a Family Independence Pass (good for one family of up to 5 people traveling together) for $29. Both provide unlimited travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation for a full day.
  • Cab: There are more than 1,600 licensed and trained cabs in Philadelphia. Or download the Uber app to order a town car to your location.
  • Philly PHLASH is the city’s seasonal transportation loop that makes it easy and convenient to get around to Philadelphia’s most popular attractions. The bus costs $2 per ride and is free for seniors and children under 4.
  • By Bike/Segway: Check out Wheel Fun Rentals for more information, or participate in Philly’s bike share program, Indego. With more than 70 stations located throughout the city, go for a ride and explore Philadelphia, then return your rented bike to any station location.

Neighborhoods

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Discover Philadelphia Neighborhoods

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Love Park — officially John F. Kennedy Plaza — is known for the famed Love sculpture by Robert Indiana. It sits within feet of Philadelphia City Hall at the intersection of the Convention Center District, Washington Square, Rittenhouse Square and the Parkway Museums District.


Explore Philadelphia’s One-of-a-Kind Communities

Neighborhoods are the fabric of Philadelphia. Intimate, well-lit streets provide the adventure of discovery in city that is easy to navigate. Quintessentially American with a European flavor, Center City is walkable from river to river and beyond.

  • PHILADELPHIA INTERACTIVE MAP

Feel like a Philadelphian as you traverse the vibrant locales and immerse yourself in America’s Old and New World along picturesque and friendly streets lined with parks, rivers, shops, public art, restaurants, museums and more. Don’t miss the historic Italian Market in South Philadelphia, the nation’s most historic square mile in Old City, or the Friendship Gate, the entrance to Philadelphia’s Chinatown in the Convention Center District.

Start making your plans to visit Philadelphia today! Click through for more information on PHL’s diverse communities above.

Historic Mile

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Make some memories on an adventure into the heart of Colonial Philadelphia’s pub culture with stops at three modern day watering holes and one Colonial tavern (pictured above). The Tipplers Tour is available through Historic Philadelphia, Inc.


Philadelphia: The Cradle of Liberty

Philadelphia is where the American Dream was founded. It’s where courageous visionaries crafted the model for modern-day democracy that inspires people globally to embrace the power of their individuality and our human potential.

Philadelphia is home to iconic places such as Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that changed the world when the fathers of our nation used the location to debate and adopt both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

Within that square mile, visitors also will find:

  • The Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom that predates our nation’s birth. Legend holds it sustained its trademark crack when it was rung to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  • The President’s House, where both George Washington and John Adams spent most of their presidencies before the White House was built in Washington, D.C.
  • National Museum of American Jewish History, the only major National Museum dedicated to telling the story of the Jewish people in America from 1654 to present.
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia, where visitors can explore the history and stories of African-American people and those of the African Diaspora.
  • The National Constitution Center, an interactive museum dedicated to the document on which our nation was founded, and the impact different interpretations of the document have had on the nation and world since it was adopted in 1789.
  • Carpenter’s Hall, the meeting place of the First Continental Congress in 1774. The seed of the American Revolution were planted here when delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies agreed to boycott British imports.
  • Franklin Court, the Philadelphia home of statesman, author, printer, inventor, postmaster, activist and more. The building also is the nation’s first post office.
  • And more.

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View these exclusive deals picked just for you by our partners, from shopping to dining to entertainment. Don’t miss specials from the city’s world-renowned Mural Arts Program or tax-free shopping on shoes and clothes (plus a discount!) at Macy’s, housed in the historic Wanamaker Building. And be sure to check back as more are added! If you’re looking for a great deal on a world-class city, you’ve come to the right place.

Attractions

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World-class attractions, world-class city

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As America’s birthplace, Philadelphia is the nation’s only World Heritage City. Where else can you walk from the sites where political luminaries debated standing up to a king to the home of the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris before making your way through a giant-sized human heart?  Want to make some memories? Philadelphia is here for the making.

DiscoverPHL Picks: Five places you must visit to experience Philadelphia

  • Historic Mile: Including Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center and much more
  • Rodin Museum
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • One Liberty Observation Deck
  • Longwood Gardens

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The perfect location for your special event

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Looking for the location that mixes your tastes just perfectly with everything this city has to offer? Look no further. Check out these jaw-dropping venues for everything from casual business meetings to lavish banquets to have your every expectation met and exceeded. Whatever the event, Philadelphia is here for the making.

Professional Planner Resources

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Make Your Meeting Easier

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The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s award-winning Convention Services department is eager to assist you in your planning efforts from beginning to end, from designing leisure time activities and spousal programs to exciting receptions and dinners, ensuring that your Philadelphia experience will be a successful and profitable one. Use this Digital Services Kit at the top of the page as your toolbox for all of the resources you need, from City Logistics to Vendors and Suppliers to Multimedia.

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Wizard World Comic Con

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Asian Food & Business Expo

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Professional Planner Resources

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The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s award-winning Convention Services department is eager to assist you in your planning efforts from beginning to end, from designing leisure time activities and spousal programs to exciting receptions and dinners, ensuring that your Philadelphia experience will be a successful and profitable one. Use this Digital Services Kit at the top of the page as your toolbox for all of the resources you need, from City Logistics to Vendors and Suppliers to Multimedia.

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