Its name meaning the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia was essential to the formative years of the United States. It continues to serve as a vibrant center of religious and social freedom, these qualities deeply rooted in the founders’ strong beliefs in tolerance. Philadelphia served as the permanent home to significant historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin and the financiers of the American Revolution.
Formerly the nation’s capital, Philadelphia’s historic district (known as Old City and largely occupied by Independence National Historical Park destinations) includes iconic images of American freedom, nationalism and patriotism, such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
Beyond its revolutionary significance, Philadelphia maintained an important position in the country’s development throughout the 1800s. Philadelphia features prime examples of the imposing Greek Revivalist architecture, providing former and present residents with a sense of permanence. Additionally, Philadelphia serves as a continual key location for the development and innovation of medicine, and its government now champions green, earth-friendly initiatives.
Today, Philadelphia is known affectionately as “Philly” to local area residents. While offering multiple classic and innovative museums for the art or architecture lover, it serves as a general center of arts and culture for the area. The Avenue of the Arts on South Broad Street features multiple venues such as the Kimmel Center, Wilma Theater and Merriam Theater. As you explore the city, you can also experience exquisite graffiti art murals on the sides of buildings, championing the accomplishments of heroes from that particular neighborhood, highlighting prominent figures from multiple eras and cultures.
Still consisting of individual cultural and ethnic neighborhoods such as Chinatown and South Philly, Philadelphia is renowned for its cuisine. Reputed to be the highest-tipping city in America, Philadelphia’s residents like to dine out and explore new food options like the delicious and earth-friendly Maru Global or the upscale but affordable Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar.
From the reportedly haunted location of Eastern State Penitentiary to the ritzy dining experience aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia on the Delaware, Philadelphia has something for every visitor. Adored by the passionate sports fan and the history buff alike, consider a visit to this city today.