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Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States, but you’d never guess that from the atmosphere. This charming place feels as cosy and walkable as a small town, and its citizens are just as friendly.

Small is the last word you’d use to describe Philadelphia’s history, however. Often called the “Birthplace of America”, Philadelphia saw the penning of the Declaration of Independence, and the American Constitution. It played capital to the nation before Washington D.C. took over, and remains an economic power, an artistic centre and a truly fascinating city to visit.

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Why visit Philadelphia?

  • Embark on an historic journey through time at one of the many interesting museums in this city from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to the Independence Hall for history and the Penn Museum with exquisite artefacts
  • The best way to see Philadelphia would be at night from the City Hall Tower Observation Deck. Located 500 feet above the ground, the views will take your breath away
  • Spend the day exploring Philadelphia by visiting the Independence National Historical Park, which is filled with many ancient stories and beautiful landscapes. It is definitely worth the visit
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The best time to visit Philadelphia is from March to May, when the city starts to warm up and becomes extremely pleasant to explore, without the crowds.

The most spoken languages in Philadelphia is English. There are other language like Spanish and Chinese that are also spoken in this city.

  • This city is home to Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were both signed and adopted.
  • Philadelphia was the place where the first American Flag was designed.
  • Philadelphia is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the United States of America, as it has one of the highest densities of haunted houses.

Philly has a lot to see, so you may want to pick up a CityPass if you’re planning on staying for a few days. The pass gives you access to six of the most popular attractions within nine days of first use, and even lets you skip the queue on some of the more crowded options. The pass includes access to the Franklin Institute, the Adventure Aquarium, and the Philadelphia Zoo. You can choose between the Academy of Natural Sciences or the National Constitution Centre, and the Please Touch Museum or the Eastern State Penitentiary. You also get 24 hours of on-off privileges on the Phila Trolley and Big Bus Company.

There are some sights not covered by the pass that are still worth a visit. The Independence National Historic Park is one of them. It’s the home of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and houses many historic buildings from Philadelphia’s past.

As an artistic centre, you’ll find a wide variety of live performances happening around Philly including live theatre, music, and dance. Make a truly Philadelphian evening of it and grab a Stromboli before the show. It might not be quite as famous as the cheesesteak and soft pretzels, but this calzone-like treat is a great local specialty. Stromboli might make great memories, but they don’t make good souvenirs, so you may want to try the Reading Terminal Market for something a little less perishable. There are some Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish) vendors selling wonderful handmade goods that won’t get cheese all over your suitcase.

Public transport in Philadelphia is great, and consists of commuter trains, subway and elevated trains, light rail trolleys, electric trolley buses and motor buses as well. Between that lot you’ll be able to get pretty much anywhere, fairly cheaply if you buy tokens instead of paying in cash.

The major attractions in Philadelphia that many travellers visit when vacationing are very safe to explore. There are some areas however, that should not be explored alone if you are visiting this city for the first time. It is advised to remain vigilant at all times, being in a new city can be very overwhelming, but if you are cautious you are guaranteed to have a great holiday.

From cheesesteak to freshly baked pretzels, and a diverse array of interesting dishes that make Philadelphia a cuisine hub that many cannot resist.

The best restaurants to try out in Philadelphia consist of:

  • The Dandelion
  • Barbuzzo
  • Barclay Prime
  • Vedge
  • Oyster House

The majority of Philadelphia locals affiliate themselves with the Catholic faith. There are other faiths like Jewish and Islamic faiths which are prominent in some areas of Philadelphia. This is not necessarily a very religious destination but all faiths are welcomed.

South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Philadelphia, and anywhere else in the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.

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Item Cape Town Johannesburg Philadelphia
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 167.12
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 55.71
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 53.64
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 19.90
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 125.34

Philadelphia International Airport – PHL is a commercial airport that serves Philadelphia

Food and beverage: Dunkin’ Donuts, Guava & Java, Hudson News, Peet’s Coffee, and Euro Café.

Currency Exchange: Travelex offers currency exchange services and can be found in Terminal A, West at Philadelphia Airport.

Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost and found within the airport terminals can be reported to the Communications Centre, which is accessed on the Departures Roadway between Terminals C and D.

Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Philadelphia Airport Marriot, Residence Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Microtel Inn & Suites, Embassy Suites, Four Points by Sheraton, Fairfield Inn and Hilton Philadelphia Airport.

Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Airport Hub: Philadelphia International Airport (code PHL) is a hub for UPS Airlines and US Airways.

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The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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