Philadelphia is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, on the southern fringe of the mid-Atlantic region. It is the fourth-largest urban area in the United States and the country’s sixth-largest city. Often referred to as “Philly,” the city’s metropolitan area encompasses twelve counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Philadelphia is home to many national historical sites that relate to the founding of the United States. Independence National Historical Park is the center of these historical landmarks. Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell are the city’s most famous attractions.
The city contains many art museums such as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Rodin Museum, the largest collection of work by Auguste Rodin outside of France. The city’s major art museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is one of the largest art museums in the United States and features the steps made popular by the film Rocky.
Things to see and do
* Historic Sites
* Philadelphia Zoo
* Old City district
* City Center, Fairmount Park and the Art Museum area
Cruise Season – May – Sept
Currency – US Dollar (US$)
Language – English
Land Area – 326.14 km²
Population – 1,500,000 approx
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – 1
Port Location – The Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at pier 1 is located in the Philadelphia Naval Business Center. The Cruise Terminal is close to the center city.
Transport Links – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is minutes from the city and is served by taxis and the SEPTA R1 Regional Rail Line.
The city is a major hub along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and Keystone lines, with frequent trains (at least once an hour during the day) from some of the nation’s largest cities. Inbound trains from Washington and New York arrive at least once an hour during the day.
Philadelphia is served by the Greyhound, Trailways, Bieber, and Peter Pan bus routes to cities across the United States. The city is also served by an exclusive “Chinatown Bus” service, which connects Philadelphia’s Chinatown district to the Chinatown section of New York City and Washington D.C.