Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its only consolidated city-county. It is the fifth-most populous city in the United States, and is the core of the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the country. Located in the Northeastern United States at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, the city also stands as the economic and cultural center of Delaware Valley. The city is known to be the birthplace of American Democracy, and is fondly called “Philly” by its fun-loving and artistic population of 1.5 million.
What to see & do
The Reading Terminal Market – established in 1982 at 12th and Arch Streets, the Reading Terminal Market is the nation's oldest continuously open farmers' market. Feast your eyes on virtually every type of cuisine, from sublime soul food to exquisite Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, down to authentic Philly Cheese steaks and traditional Pennsylvania Dutch fare, all available from largely family-run stands. It is a colourful and lively place to be in; a historically important and tummy-filling crawl at the heart of Philadelphia.
Independence National Historical Park – known as the birthplace of American democracy, the Philadelphia Independence National historical Park is one of the main witnesses in the rise of American democracy and the location of many seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals. Within the park lies several other attractions, including the famous Liberty Bell, the Independence Hall, the Congress Hall, the New Hall Military Museum, the Franklin Court, the Bishop White house, and the Graff House.
Philadelphia Magic Gardens – the Philadelphia Magic Gardens is a gallery space, a folk art environment, and non-profit organization which showcases the work of mosaicist Isaiah Zagar. Located at the site of Zagar's largest public mosaic installation, the Magic Gardens includes a fully-mosaiced indoor gallery and a massive labyrinth of mosaic sculpture. The installation, primarily consisting of found objects and contributions from the community, covers half of a city block with myriads of tile, texture, and color. There is a fee to enter the gardens, but for those who are just looking for something to ponder on, Zagar's art can be found scattered across the city and can be viewed for free.
Philadelphia Museum of Art – pictured as Philadelphia's very own 'Parthenon', the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a sitting royalty on the rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The temple of art, or so it is called, is the third-largest art museum in the country, and is an absolute must-see on the city's cultural circuit. Vast collections of Renaissance, American, Impressionist, and Modern Art are scattered through over 80 period rooms – all divided into sections representing a slice of history. Get to know Cezanne, Degas, Brancusi, Barnett, Newman, and many others through here.
How to get around
There are tons of ways as to how to get around the city of Philadelphia, but what beats them all is walking. Walking is the most convenient, healthy, and environment-friendly way to go around. It is free, and aside from being a very walkable city, Philadelphia's sites and sights can be found by walking from one block to another. For those who are not keen in walking, they may opt to utilise the many railway and bus lines, apart from suburban trolley lines, taxis, and of course, rental cars.
How to get there
The Philadelphia International Airport is the largest airport in the Delaware Valley, just minutes from the central business district of Philadelphia. The airport is served by various airlines, including British Airways, Lufthansa, American Airlines, US Airways, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, and others. Access to the city and back to the airport is fairly easy, given the fact that there are a lot of transport systems set up in the area.
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