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Aug 1 2014

20+ Lists You Didn't Know Philly Made This Year

Budget Travel, USA Today, Paste Magazine, AARP & The Huffington Post Think Philly Is Tops

So far this year, Philadelphia has appeared on many national best-of lists.

“This good press is a good example of the city’s momentum. It goes with the story that’s unfolding right now—the new restaurants, more outdoor dining, throngs of people on Independence Mall and all over the city, more people visiting and visiting for longer periods of time,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA™. “Philadelphia is a premier destination, and the place to be. VISIT PHILADELPHIA is happy to be the promotion agency for a city that over-delivers.”

Here’s just a sample of what people have been saying about Philadelphia this year.

The Whole Package:

  1. Best U.S. Cities to Visit in 2014, AARP – Philadelphia is one of 10 cities included in this list, mostly due to its arts and culture.

Beauty Competitions:

  1. 25 Most Beautiful Cities in America, Budget Travel – The editors called out the sunrise over the Schuylkill River, the stunning Philadelphia Museum of Art and inspiring Independence Hall.
  2. 40 of the World’s Most Impressive Skylines, Matador Network – Philadelphia is in good company—Dubai, Vancouver, Istanbul and Paris, to name a few. “Philadelphia has some of the oldest architecture in the United States, as well as the most historically significant … ”
  3. 12 of the world's most beautiful clocks, CNN – Philadelphia’s City Hall clock shines bright.

Smart Scores:

  1. The Most Innovative Cities in America, Inc. magazine Inc. released this fun list based on the number of patents since 2000.
  2. You’re a Nerd, Accept It. Top 5 Nerdy Legal Travel Destinations, FindLaw blog – Philadelphia is one of five international cities listed for its historic cred.
  3. 10 Undercover Stylish Neighborhoods in the US, Paste – Old City has been setting trends since 1776, and that independent style continues today.

Art Everywhere:

  1. 5 Great Travel Alternatives to a Beach Vacation, The Huffington Post – The writer says it all in the headline: “Take an artistic tour of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”
  2. 10 best city art districts around the USA, USA Today – “The pride and joy of Philly’s arts scene is on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.” Well said.

Must-Indulge Food & Beer Scenes:

  1. 24 Places To Visit For Fantasy Food Travel, Food Republic – Philadelphia stands out as “a boon for culinary travelers.”
  2. 2014 Best New Chefs, Food & Wine – Philadelphia’s Eli Kulp is one of 10 culinary talents who grabbed Food & Wine’s attention.
  3. The Full Scoop on the Greatest Cities For Ice Cream in America, Yahoo! Travel – The scoop: Philly is one of 10 destinations tempting ice-cream lovers.
  4. America’s 100 Best Beer Bars 2014, Draft Magazine – Beer snobs can find six Philadelphia-area places on this list.
  5. America’s 5 Best Beer Cities, Wine Enthusiast – Even wine connoisseurs appreciate Philadelphia’s brew culture.

Outdoor Obsession:

  1. The Best Walks in the 10 Most Walkable U.S. Cities, Real Simple – Editors highlight routes in top Walk Score-ranked cities. Philadelphia’s best walk: Boathouse Row and Fairmount Park; alternate walk: Center City, river to river.
  2. The 20 Best US Cities For Cyclists, Business Insider – This article covers a report from the Alliance For Biking & Walking, which ranked Philadelphia fourth.
  3. Top 10 Cycling Communities In The USA, Urban Times – Two Philadelphia neighborhoods—Spruce Hill and Pennsport—take the third and fourth spots.
  4. 10Best: Outdoor Concert Venues You Shouldn’t Miss!, USA Today – Not everyone thinks of Longwood Gardens when they think of concert venues; this writer was blown away by the summer concert series.
  5. World's Best Urban Beaches, The Huffington Post and – The Delaware River Waterfront’s new darling, the seasonal Spruce Street Harbor Park is popping this summer.

More To Love:

  1. 14 Travel Escapes for a Romantic Winter Getaway, Uptown – It’s the City of Brotherly Love, after all.
  2. The 20 Places Every American Should Visit, International Business Times – Independence National Historical Park makes this readers’ poll list (obviously).
  3. Hotel satisfaction survey, – Philadelphia takes the top spot when it comes to hotel customer reviews.

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™, formerly known as Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.

Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, and make up the most-visited website network out of the 10 biggest U.S. cities. Visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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Jan 19 2018

31 Top Philadelphia Region Attractions In 2017

Fact Sheet

Note: Most attractions were listed in the Philadelphia Business Journal Book of Lists 2017. Those that were not are marked with an asterisk*.

Historical Sites & Attractions:
1. African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)* – Founded in 1976, AAMP is the first institution in a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. The core exhibit Audacious Freedom takes a fresh, bold look at African-Americans’ role in the founding of the nation; other exhibits and programs explore the history, present and future of the African diaspora in the U.S. 701 Arch Street, (215)

May 10 2017

What's In Old City And Along The Delaware River Waterfront?

Two Historic District Neighborhoods Offer Restaurants, Art Galleries, Nightlife, Shopping—And History

Located just next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty and built a free nation, Old City, part of Philadelphia’s Historic District, boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm—along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene.

Its proximity to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge make Old City a favorite for out-of-towners as much as for the residents who call it home. People love the neighborhood for its fashionable boutiques, great restaurants, eclectic galleries, boundary-pushing theaters and vibrant nightlife.

May 1 2017

The Greater Philadelphia Region: Fast Facts


There are more than 4 million people residing in the five-county region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) and more than 1.5 million in Philadelphia, making it the second-largest city on the East Coast and the sixth-largest city in the country.


Philadelphia is a two-hour drive from New York City, two-and-a-half hours from Washington, DC and 45 minutes from Atlantic City, with convenient access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. One-quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Center City Philadelphia.

The city is a 90-minute flight or a

Apr 24 2017

Philly Tours Explore History, Art, Food, Bridges & the Supernatural

Also Explore The Region By Foot, Trolley, Horse Or Smartphone

Visitors to Philadelphia can choose from an assortment of options to explore the region, including those of the air, automotive, audio, culinary, self-guided and water-based varieties. And the sightseeing fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Those who come out at night can join tours that feature behind-the-scenes action and, if so desired, spirits from beyond. Here’s a selection of tours available throughout the region:

History Lessons By Day & Night:

  • Bow Tie Tours – Learning about Philadelphia’s—and America’s—history through the true tales of real-life characters who walked the city’s streets is the secret to the success of
Feb 16 2017

Alexander Hamilton's Legacy Remains Strong In Philadelphia's Historic District

Visitors Can Go Beyond Broadway & Follow Hamilton’s Philadelphia Footsteps

Freedom fighter, statesman, financial genius, adulterer. Fans of the blockbuster hit Hamilton know some of the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life, but there is plenty more to discover in Philadelphia’s Historic District. The new Museum of the American Revolution, opening on April 19, 2017, will offer a glimpse into the Hamilton-Washington bro-mance. A tale debuting this summer from the Once Upon A Nation storytellers will get to the root of the fatal Hamilton-Burr duel. And in Independence Hall, National Park Service rangers often regale visitors with accounts of heated debates Hamilton engaged in about the U.S. Constitution. Just beyond the

Jun 16 2016

Fact Sheet: 31 Top Philadelphia Region Attractions

* Note: Most attractions were listed in the Philadelphia Business Journal Book of Lists 2015. Those that were not are marked with an asterisk.

Historical Sites & Attractions:

  1. The African American Museum in Philadelphia*, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. The museum takes a fresh and bold look at the stories of African-Americans and their role in the founding of the nation through the core exhibit Audacious Freedom. Other exhibits and programs explore the history, stories and cultures of those of African
Feb 7 2018

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Fishtown And The River Wards

Northeast of Center City, Philadelphia’s Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond—collectively known as the River Wards—are some of the city’s most rapidly changing neighborhoods. An influx of restaurants, bars, music venues, art galleries and residents are quickly transforming the makeup of these formerly working-class sections along the Delaware River.

Philadelphians have found new and innovative uses for Fishtown ever since William Penn made peace with the Lenape Indians in what’s now Penn Treaty Park. It’s the only place in the city where, in the same evening, someone can buy a custom-made guitar (DiPinto Guitars), drink craft beer while playing

Dec 21 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Washington Square West

Washington Square West is a historic Center City neighborhood named for a 17th-century park and including the vibrant enclaves of Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Named “Southeast Square” in 1682, Washington Square originally served as a grazing pasture, potter’s field and gathering spot for early African-Americans—who dubbed the park “Congo Square”—on the edge of the original city of Philadelphia. Today, modern residences surround the park, now home to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, a sycamore moon tree and a steady stream of visitors. To Washington Square’s north are the 150 jewelry merchants of Jewelers’ Row.

Dec 5 2017

What's In The Neighborhood?

Fairmount & Spring Garden

Because of their proximity to the renowned arts and cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often referred to as the “Art Museum area.” But the personalities of these historic, laid-back, diverse communities are distinct in their own right.

Fairmount stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. The residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to friendly residents and atmosphere. What’s a visitor to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-museum, Eastern State Penitentiary.

Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and better-known Fairmount, Spring