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Philadelphia travel guide

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Overview

Over the years numerous taglines have been coined to apply to America's most historic city, Philadelphia. It has been called the 'Athens of the Americas', the 'city of brotherly love', 'the friendliest city', the 'most honest city', 'the safest city' and, most recently, 'the city that loves you back'. Fabulous Philly, the fifth largest metropolis in the United States, is all these things and more, which is why it is regarded as a happy home for millions of people as well as one of the world's most dynamic travel destinations.

The city is sensibly situated 60 miles (97km) inland from the Atlantic coast on a protrusion of land at the merging of the mighty Delaware River and the Schuylkill River, land granted to William Penn, an English Quaker, back in 1682. Penn's vision was to establish a 'green countrie towne', but because of its location controlling the Delaware Valley and its good freshwater port facilities, Philadelphia soon outgrew its original boundaries and by the 18th century was the second largest English-speaking city in the world.

Today, Philadelphia draws tourists mainly for its historical wealth, centred around Independence National Historical Park, regarded as the most significant historic square mile in America, where the United States was conceived, declared and ratified. The Constitution of the US was written here in 1787 and the city was the nation's first capital between 1791 and 1800.

Philadelphia is also a shopper's paradise, featuring one of the world's largest malls, as well as offering some of the finest dining establishments in the country, thousands of acres of beautiful parkland, attractive boulevards where street fairs and parades are common events, and a vibrant arts and entertainment community. In short, to add to all its other tags, Philadelphia can justifiably be said to offer something for everyone.

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