Philadelphia is second largest city on the East Coast, and ranks as the fifth largest city in the United States. Conveniently located in the middle of the Northeast Corridor, Philadelphia is just 100 miles south of New York and 133 miles north of Washington, D.C. Visited by Pope Francis in September 2015, set to host the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, Philadelphia is also making its mark around the world, becoming Nation’s First World Heritage City in the United States in 2015. Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide-book publisher in the world, just named Philadelphia the “Best in the U.S.” on its list of top-10 “unexpectedly exciting places to see” in 2016, noted for steadfastly managing to retain its historic roots and gritty flavor, as well as its affordability.
Recently ranked as the fourth most walkable city in the U.S., Philadelphia is a major cultural center with easy international access, and was included by The New York Times in their best places to visit in 2015, ranking Philadelphia as the 3rd best place to visit. Philadelphia also boasts a high concentration of dining and other attractions, leading Travel + Leisure to call Philadelphia “America’s next great food city.”
Philadelphia is at the center of a region alive with innovation in commerce and finance, technological and scientific advancement, and accomplishment in the arts. Philadelphia also has a significant presence of IT, financial services, pharmaceutical, and other industries providing opportunities for interaction with businesses and research. Home to numerous corporate headquarters, Philadelphia offers rich opportunities for business and community engagement.
It is also the home of many U.S. firsts, including the first library (1731), first hospital (1751) and medical school (1765), first stock exchange (1790), first zoo (1874), and first business school (1881). It is a culturally vibrant the city from its colorful restaurant scene through the internationally acclaimed Philadelphia Orchestra as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- VisitPhilly.com: The official visitors’ site for greater Philadelphia
- Uwishunu: The official tourism blog of Philadelphia
- Center City District
- philly.com: News site for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News
- Campus Philly: hotel and travel deals for college visits
- Maps and Directions
- SEPTA: Public transportation that includes subway, bus, trolley and regional rail lines
- Philadelphia Parking Authority
Out and About
- Philly Fun Guide
- Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
- Old City Arts
- Arts & Culture at Temple University
- Campus & City Life at Temple University