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Destination guides > North America > USA > Mid-Atlantic > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia


Pennsylvania's largest city – also the second-largest city on the east coast and the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States – is one of the most important cities on the east coast, although surprisingly few travellers stop here en route between New York and Washington DC. Philly offers many attractions including the vibrant Center City and the Independence National Historical Park area and is well worth a look.

Historically, Philly has been an important city. At one point it was the largest city in the United States surpassing even New York City in importance as a cultural and business city and it was the US capital until the 1790s.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; photo: iStockphoto)

Practical information

Independence Visitor Center

6th and Market Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel 800 537 7676
Website or
Open 8.30am-5pm daily


There is free internet access at the Free Library of Pennsylvania (1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia; tel (215) 686 5322) and if you have your own notebook computer there are plenty of places around Philly with free Wi-Fi access including Ants Pants Cafe (2212 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19146; tel (215) 875 8002).


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