Philadelphia Travel Guide

Philadelphia Travel Guide

Philadelphia seems to be one of those cities that everyone falls in love with. This Pennsylvanian metropolis is perhaps most famous for its colourful history, but it also has much to offer in the way of modern attractions such as shopping, food and more.

Location

North-eastern USA

Climate

Philadelphia enjoys average highs of about 31 degrees C in July and experiences average lows of -4 degrees C in January. The rainiest months are July and August, making spring and late summer the most pleasant times to visit.

Currency

US dollar

Time Difference

GMT -5

Transfer Time

Philadelphia International Airport is situated 7.2 miles to the south-west of central Philadelphia. You can get a taxi, bus, shuttle service or regional train service to the city from the airport. The flat taxi rate between the airport and the city centre is $26.25 (about £13.40), with a minimum $10 fare chargeable on all journeys from the hub.

Hotels

There are hotels and packages to suit every type of visitor to Philadelphia. Lodgings in the city include spectacular high-rise hotels, boutique accommodation, bed and breakfasts and more. You could stay at the Best Western Centre City Hotel if you want to be close to the city's museums, or sleep in style at the hip Sofitel Philadelphia, located at the heart of the metropolis's so-called French Quarter.

Attractions

Philadelphia has much to offer those interested in US history - the Declaration of Independence and the US constitution were both drafted in the city. Check out the Independence National Historical Park and the Washington Crossing Historic Park for all things historic, or wander over to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to look at some classic pieces of artwork. Some of the best places to visit in the evenings include McGillin's, the oldest pub in the city, and Johnny Brenda's, a gastro-pub that also offers up some of the best live entertainment in Philadelphia.

Shopping

There's a shop for everyone in Philadelphia. You could look for clothing at the likes of Urban Outfitters, Polo Ralph Lauren, J Crew, Williams-Sonoma and Diesel on Rittenhouse Row, or visit the biggest urban mall in the US in the form of The Gallery at Market East. University Square, Main Street in Manayunk and Chestnut Hill offer a more diverse range of stores to suit those with non-mainstream tastes.

Excursions

Philadelphia is located in the middle of some wonderful countryside. A short trip outside of the city limits will bring you within reach of activities such as fishing, horse riding, rock climbing, hiking and more. If you want to head further out, some of the biggest cities on the east coast - namely New York, Baltimore and Washington - are a train ride away.

Family

Kids are sure to love historical attractions such as the impressive Liberty Bell; failing that, there's always Philadelphia Zoo, the Adventure Aquarium, the American Helicopter Museum and Sesame Place, a theme park dedicated to Sesame Street.

Getting Around

Walking is the best way to get around the city centre, as is public transport and taxis. The purple Phlash bus takes tourists on a whistle-stop tour of Philadelphia's main attractions, while buses, the subway and local rail services are also on hand to take you wherever you want to go.