Known as the “City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia is the second largest east-coast city and fifth largest city overall in the United States. Founded in 1682 by William Penn, Philadelphia is considered the cradle of liberty, a city of medical firsts and the only World Heritage City in the United States.
Philadelphia’s blend of the modern and historical creates a unique destination that offers visitors great shopping, nightlife, culture, and dining. Whether spending time at one of the many world-class museums, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art; wandering the picturesque streets filled public art and murals, or learning more about the founding of the United States at Independence Hall, where both the United States Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and adopted; Philadelphia offers many cultural and historical attractions for visitors to explore.
Although it’s famous for its cheesesteaks, Philadelphia’s dining scene continues to gain praise from critics and foodies alike. Visitors will find wide range of unique restaurants, markets and eateries offering all varieties of food to taste.
Best of all, Philadelphia is consistently ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., giving visitors the perfect opportunity to explore this exciting city.
By Plane: There are more than 1,200 daily nonstop flights to the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The Philadelphia International Airport is located 10 miles from the center of the city; approximately 15 minutes by taxi, with a flat rate of $28.50 from the airport or a 35-minute ride by SEPTA mass transit. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves at 30-minute interval from 5:07am to 12:30am, and a one-way fare from the airport to the Jefferson Station (0.2 miles from the headquarters hotel) is $9. For more information on the Airport Rail Line visit http://www.septa.org/welcome/airport.html.
By Train: Amtrak Acela and commuter trains arrive at the historic 30th Street Station throughout the day, placing passengers in the city center and 2 miles from the headquarters hotel, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Philadelphia is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from New York City and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., via Acela Express.
Most international travelers are required to obtain a visa from the U.S. Department of state. For more information, visit http://travel.state.gov/.
In the first week of September, Philadelphia will be transitioning from late summer to early Fall with warm daytime temperatures leading into cooler evenings.
Average high temperature in September: 78° F
Average low temperature in September: 58° F
The United States operates on 120 volts, compared to the standard 220 volts in Europe.
Philadelphia is in US EDT – United States Eastern Daylight Time which is four (4) hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.