Philadelphia Quick Guide
Philly's unique blend of history, art, culture and entertainment, along with being the birthplace of the United States, make it a fascinating place to visit or call home.
Philadelphia's economy is driven by banking, biotechnology, manufacturing, tourism and trade.
Once known as the "City of Brotherly Love," the city now sends the updated message that it's "the city that loves you back." Philadelphia prides itself on both its vital contribution to American history - and the Philly cheese steak. Visitors will find any number of historic venues to learn more about this important center of early American government - and just as many locations to sample the savory steak-and-cheese sandwich this city is known for worldwide.
Many city agencies, departments and offices can be found at the Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Blvd. Also, the city's "Wireless Philadelphia" initiative will make online access to city services even more convenient for those who wish to do business on a computer with wireless access with just the click of a mouse or a few keystrokes.
Getting Around or Getting Away
Map your driving directions from Philadelphia to popular destinations, including Chestnut Hill, Fairmount and Manayunk.
Making Philadelphia Your Home
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Philadelphia Shopping and Services
Where to Go in Philadelphia
Start at the center of the city - and in what many consider the center of American history - with a visit to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the first United States Constitution was written. While there, be sure to visit Old City Philadelphia, home of the famed Liberty Bell.
If a visit to Independence Hall whetted your appetite for even more history, then be sure to go to the National Constitution Center where you'll find everything from interactive programs, live theater and multimedia exhibits all dedicated to furthering visitors' understanding of this historically significant document that helped to shape and guide our country.
Things to Do in Philadelphia
The QVC Studio tour is a place where can you shop and be part of a television audience all in one day. Or, if you prefer traditional malls and shopping centers, head northwest to the King of Prussia Mall on North Gulph Road.
Philadelphia is a sports-lovers paradise as well. Get Philadelphia Eagles tickets or cheer on the 76ers, if basketball is your game.
Philadelphia is also home to several world-class museums; the Philadelphia Zoo; and of course, for a historic taste of the city, check out Pat's King of Steaks, home of the original Philly Cheese Steak.
Popular Philadelphia Attractions
- Barnes Foundation Art Collection
- Betsy Ross House
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Tomb of the Unknown Soldier