The city of brotherly love. Home of Benjamin Franklin, Rocky Balboa, and a world-famous cheesesteak. And host to the 46th APIC Annual Conference.
Things to Do
Renowned for art, history, culture, food, and nightlife, you’ll find no shortage of activities. Some major attractions include:
The Liberty Bell. Originally used to call the Pennsylvania Assembly to meetings, it was later adopted by abolitionists, suffragists and Civil Rights advocates. The bell, which is free to visit year-round, draws people from around the world.
The Rocky Statue and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since Rocky’s triumphant run, the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art have become an international destination. Travelers from around the world embark on their own jog up the stairs. To finish off the experience, snap a photo with the bronze statue of Rocky, originally created for Rocky III.
Eat! The Philly cheesesteak is inarguably the city’s most famous food. These awesome sandwiches consist of chopped (or thinly sliced) steak and a choice of cheeses and/or fried onions on a hoagie roll. Those in the know order their cheesesteak with two words only: cheese selection (provolone, American or Whiz) and “wit” or “without” onions. Plus you cannot miss the Reading Terminal Market! This indoor foodie paradise is an almost unbelievable one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and desserts. The public space also provides open seating where customers can enjoy meals from more than 30 restaurants.
Follow in history’s footsteps. While historical attractions abound in Philly, Independence Hall holds monumental significance to the development of the nation. In 1776, the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in the building’s Assembly Room. Just 11 years later, representatives from a dozen states met here to lay the framework for the U.S. Constitution. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the centerpiece of Independence National Historical Park.
Get your fill of culture. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, modeled after the Champs Elysees in Paris, is sometimes called Philadelphia’s most artistic mile. Some of the city’s most important cultural institutions are housed here, including the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Rodin Museum, the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building and the crowning Philadelphia Museum of Art. No Philly experience is complete without a dip into the city’s cultural offerings.
Philadelphia is the second largest city on the East Coast and ranks sixth in the nation, with a metropolitan population of more than 6 million. Conveniently located in the middle of the Northeast Corridor, Philly is 100 miles south of New York, 133 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 55 miles from Atlantic City. More than 63 million people – approximately a quarter of the U.S. population – live within a 5.5-hour drive from Philadelphia.
Traveling to Philadelphia is easy, whether you travel by plane, train, bus or car.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is approximately seven miles from Center City and is served 25 airlines with nearly 500 daily departures to more than 120 destinations worldwide. Public transportation options to PHL include SEPTA’s Airport Regional Rail Line from stations in Center City and University City, as well as three bus routes serving several areas in the region. Taxis charge a flat rate of $28.50 for travel between Center City and the airport, or pay the meter to go anywhere else in the metro area ($2.70 upon entry plus $2.30 per mile).
Prefer the train? Philadelphia is served byAmtrak, which operates rail service along the Northeast Corridor stretching from Boston to Washington, and other major cities in the United States and Canada. Amtrak’s 30th Street Station is minutes from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Center City hotels.
More of a road warrior? By car, Philadelphia is just two hours from New York City, 90 minutes from Baltimore, three hours from Washington D.C., and about an hour from Lancaster County, Atlantic City and the New Jersey shore via major highways. Philadelphia is served by the PA Turnpike (I-276), I-76, I-476, I-95, US-1 and the New Jersey Turnpike.
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