While it’s known worldwide for an abundance of historic early-American attractions, Philadelphia also delights visitors year-round with its world-class museums and theaters, booming restaurant scene, cool boutiques and galleries, and hidden gems found in our many neighborhoods. From rich history to vibrant culture and diverse neighborhoods, Philadelphia has something for everyone.
Philadelphia is at the center of it all. It is easy and affordable to get here. Conveniently located in the Northeast United States, the second-most populous city in the east is just 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Washington, D.C. by train. Philadelphia International Airport serves more than 120 cities worldwide with 1,000 daily flights, including 100 international flights. The regional public transportation system — ranked second in the nation among cities with more than 1 million residents — provides quick and easy access to the city from the surrounding metropolitan area. Feel like a Philadelphian as you walk day and night through the vibrant streetscape and immerse yourself in America’s Old and New World. Picturesque and friendly streets are lined with parks, rivers, shops, public art, restaurants, and museums. Everything is within walking distance from downtown.
You will be captivated by our 21st-century city where an inspired, young, creative culture is blooming and partnering with innovators and educators. With a spirit of independence, the city and region are giving birth to a new generation of energized people designing this Modern Renaissance City.
With a state-of-the-art Convention Center located in the heart of the city (boasting the largest ballroom on the East Coast), plus world-class shopping, nightlife, culture, dining, and thousands of hotel rooms all within a few blocks, there is nothing missing in this modern metropolis. Add in the city’s excellent off-site venues and the award-winning hospitality industry, and you’ll see that the list of all Philadelphia has to offer within a compact, walkable downtown is as long as its history. Start making your plans to visit America’s birthplace today!
As the weather starts to warm up, so do the outdoor activities in Philadelphia. Spring is a perfect time to visit for those who don’t like the heat but want to enjoy Philadelphia’s many parks and outdoor spaces, from Rittenhouse Square to Fairmount Park. Don’t miss the annual Cherry Blossom Festival!
The summer months in Philadelphia can get hot, but there are plenty of cool things to do. Philadelphia’s outdoor cafes will be hopping, and there are festivals and events every week, including Welcome America, a week-long festival around July 4th that celebrates the nation’s birthday in its birthplace.?
Philadelphia’s numerous parks make it a great place to see the leaves turn and admire the beautiful colors of autumn foliage. As the air starts to turn crisp, keep a look out for the area’s universities to start buzzing, plus enjoy more outdoor activities, from the city’s marathon to a blockbuster Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Though Philadelphia does see some snow, winter is still mild enough to enjoy a cozy visit. Many of the city’s museums feature special exhibitions during the cooler months, and there is no better place to do your holiday shopping than in the city where clothing and shoe purchases are tax-free! Don’t miss the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River.