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    Philadelphia - a brief overview

    Historic heartland, cultural hotspot, cosmopolitan melting pot; it’s no wonder that Philadelphia is one of the most popular cities in the USA. Both the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution were signed in this eastern city, the biggest in Pennsylvania. So you’ll be immersed in history here, even in some of its elegant restaurants and shops, including the iconic Macy’s department store.

    Art is also a major draw, with many of the oldest, largest and most prestigious collections in the country in its galleries. Or, if you just like exploring city neighbourhoods, Philadelphia has long-standing Italian and Chinese quarters, as well as more recently established communities, all of whom contribute to its young and lively appeal.


    Top 10 sights in Philadelphia

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    African American Museum

    701 Arch Street
    PA 19106 Philadelphia
    Tel: 215 574 0380
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    Opening times:
    Thurs-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1200-1700

    This major museum has four exhibition galleries focusing on the African American community past and present, and highlighting the achievements of outstanding individuals.

    The Barnes Foundation

    2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    PA 19130 Philadelphia
    Tel: 215 278 7000
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Thurs 1000-1800
    Fri 1000-2100
    Sat 1000-2000

    This private gallery has a superb collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern art, as well as African and Native American artworks, and antiquities from Asia and the Mediterranean.

    Fairmont Park

    Fairmont Park
    PA 19119 Philadelphia
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    The city’s huge public park spans the Schuyllkill River, with a Japanese garden, boating lake, playground, zoo, historic buildings and many trails for walking, cycling and horse riding.

    Independence Hall

    520 Chestnut Street
    PA 19106 Philadelphia
    Tel: 215 965 2305
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900 (Jul-Aug)
    0900-1700 (Sep-Jun)

    Take a guided tour of this World Heritage Site where both the American Declaration of Independence (1776) and the US Constitution (1787) were signed. The Liberty Bell is also on display in a nearby visitor centre.

    Independence Seaport Museum

    Penn’s Landing, 211 South Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street
    PA 19106 Philadelphia
    Tel: 215 413 8655
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Take a virtual journey down the Delaware River in this exciting museum on the waterfront; with a battleship and submarine to explore, plus changing exhibitions on the region’s seafaring history.

    Masonic Temple

    1 North Broad Street
    PA 19107 Philadelphia
    Tel: 215 988 1917
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    Opening times:
    Tours hourly:
    Tue-Fri 1000, 1100, 1300, 1400, 1500
    Sat 1000, 1100, 1200

    The Grand Lodge of the Masons of Pennsylvania, this impressive 19th-century building has a museum containing items from former members George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

    Mutter Museum

    19 South 22nd Street
    PA 19103 Philadelphia
    Tel: 215 563 3737
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    This museum of medical history contains a fascinating, if sometimes graphic, collection of preserved anatomical specimens, as well as medical instruments and herb garden.

    National Museum of American Jewish History

    101 South Independence Mall East
    PA 19106 Philadelphia
    Tel: 215 923 3811
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat-Sun 1000-1730

    Covering the spectrum of American Jewish life through history, this fine museum contains 30,000 artefacts displayed in themes, including religion, work, community and family life.

    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

    118 North Broad Street
    PA 19102 Philadelphia
    Tel: 215 972 7600
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1100-1700

    The nation’s oldest art gallery houses the finest collection of American art, from colonial times to the present, including masterpieces by Gilbert Stuart, Benjamin West, Cecilia Beaux and others.

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    PA 19130 Philadelphia
    Tel: 215 763 8100
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    Opening times:
    Tue, Thurs and Sat-Sun 1000-1700
    Wed and Fri 1000-2045

    One of the largest art collections in the USA, with some 227,000 artworks spanning medieval Italian icons to modern US sculpture, this museum is planning a stunning makeover by architect Frank Gehry.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.


    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 319 millions (estimate 2018)

    Capital: Washington, DC.


    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorities.


    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.


    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021.


    States can recognize other days as state holidays that are not federal holidays.


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
    Martin Luther King Day: 20 January 2020
    President’s Day: 17 February 2020
    Memorial Day: 25 May 2020
    Independence Day: 3 and 4 July 2020
    Labor Day: 7 September 2020
    Columbus Day: 12 October 2020
    Veterans Day: 11 November 2020
    Thanksgiving Day: 26 November 2020
    Christmas: 25 December 2020


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2021
    Martin Luther King Day: 18 January 2021
    President’s Day: 15 February 2021
    Memorial Day: 31 May 2021
    Independence Day: 4 and 5 July 2021
    Labor Day: 6 September 2021
    Columbus Day: 11 October 2021
    Veterans Day: 11 November 2021
    Thanksgiving Day: 25 November 2021
    Christmas: 25 December 2021

    All information subject to change.


    Nightlife in Philadelphia


    Cosmopolitan Philadelphia has lots to keep you up all night; smooth jazz clubs, raunchy dives, happening nightclubs and world-class concert halls.

    South Street is a trendy cultural hub, or explore the riverfront, around Penn’s Landing, and along Columbus Boulevard.

    Johnny Brenda’s

    1201 Frankford Avenue
    PA 19125 Philadelphia
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    With great live shows by up-and-coming local talent, Johnny Brenda’s is also a gastropub.

    World Cafe Live

    3025 Walnut Street
    PA 19104 Philadelphia
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    Hear eclectic live music in this intimate club, attracting international and local stars.

    Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    260 South Broad Street
    PA 19102 Philadelphia
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    One of the city’s top concert halls hosts world-class classical performances, as well as a wide range of shows and arts events.

    Helium Comedy Club

    2031 Sansome Street
    PA 19103 Philadelphia
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    Headline stars as well as local comics play to a loyal crowd in this popular, no-frills club.

    Silk City

    435 Spring Garden Street
    PA 19123 Philadelphia
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    Dance to hip DJs and live music or chill out on the patio, in one of Philly’s funkiest clubs.


    Restaurants in Philadelphia


    Famous for its ‘Philly cheesesteaks’, Philadelphia also has a wide ethnic mix of restaurants as well as many places serving everything from contemporary to colonial-style American

    cuisine. Dining hotspots include Rittenhouse Row (on Walnut Street) and South Street.

    Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel

    210 West Rittenhouse Square
    PA 19103 Philadelphia
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    Price: Expensive

    Treat yourself in one of the city’s best modern French restaurants; also does great breakfasts and Sunday brunch.


    1536 East Passyunk Avenue
    PA 19147 Philadelphia
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    Price: Expensive

    Philly superchef George Sabatino dishes up modern American-fusion cuisine in this top-rated gastropub.

    City Tavern

    138 South 2nd Street
    PA 19106 Philadelphia
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    Price: Moderate

    Established in 1773, this historic restaurant serves fine colonial-style cuisine in elegant period dining rooms.

    Jim’s Steaks

    400 South Street
    PA 19147 Philadelphia
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    Price: Cheap

    You can get possibly one of the city’s best cheesesteaks in this bustling, casual restaurant.

    Reading Terminal Market

    12th and Arch Streets
    PA 19107 Philadelphia
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    Price: Cheap

    Take your pick of global foodstalls, from Asian to Mexican, as well as US specialities, even Amish, in this historic market.


    Calendar of events

    Mummers Parade

    January 1, 2020

    Venue: Streets of central Philadelphia

    A tradition brought here by early immigrants from Europe, the mummers are thought to have their earliest origins in the Roman Festival of Saturnalias. Here in Philadelphia about 15,000 mummers perform in the New Year’s Day parade competing for US$395,000 in prizes. This is reckoned to be only a small fraction of the value of the spectacular costumes, which can cost several thousand each. The parades take place throughout the day in most weather conditions, although weather-related postponements are not unknown. The four divisions of mummers are Comics (clowns), Fancies (themed fancy dress), String Bands (combining fancy dress and music) and Fancy Brigades (performing troupes).

    Chinese New Year

    January 25, 2020

    Venue: Chinatown

    Chinese New Year celebrations in Philly are always colourful occasions marked with parades, flower markets and festivities throughout Chinatown.

    Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

    May 6 – 9, 2020

    Venue: Various venues

    A must for movie-lovers. There are over 250 screenings of 132 domestic and international narrative, documentary and short films.

    Dad Vail Regatta

    May 8 – 9, 2020

    Venue: Kelly Drive Fairmont Park

    Held each year over Mother’s Day weekend, the Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States. First held in 1934 on the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park, the regatta has become something of an institution which now consists of well over 100 races and attracts thousands of rowers from across North America. The event takes its name from Harry Emerson ‘Dad’ Vail, who for years was coach at the University of Wisconsin and was a great friend of Rusty Callow, the founder of the event.

    Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

    June 5 – 7, 2020

    Venue: Rittenhouse Square

    Happening every spring and autumn, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show welcomes top quality artists from all over the country in what is the oldest continuously-run outdoor art show in the entire country.

    Fourth of July

    July 4, 2020

    Venue: Various venues around Philadelphia

    Considering Philadelphia’s central role in the American War of Independence, it comes as no surprise that the Fourth of July celebrations, one of the biggest US holidays of the year, are even more special here in the city. The birthday festivities include organised pageants, parades, festivals, concerts, and – typically, spectacular fireworks displays. Numerous events of varying scales of grandeur and extravagance take place throughout Philadelphia.

    Philadelphia Folk Festival

    August 13 – 16,  2020

    Venue: Old Pool Farm 1323 Salford Station Road, Schwenksville

    Long-running and world-famous music, camping and crafting festival that spans three days in August.

    Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe

    November 2020

    Venue: Various venues around Philadelphia

    The popular Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe are two simultaneous festivals which started in 1997 presenting various acts in theatres, galleries, alleyways and anywhere else artists can find performance space. They kick off every Labour Day weekend. The festival and the fringe combine to create one wonderful event that provides a stage for innovative new shows created by the best local, national and international artists. You can expect a weird and wonderful mix of art installations, theatre, music, dance, and poetry.

    Macy's Christmas Light Show

    November – Dezember 2020

    Venue: Macy’s 1300 Market Street

    Formerly known as the Wanamaker’s Christmas Light Show, this festival is one of Philadelphia’s best-loved holiday traditions that attracts visitors of all ages. Featuring over 100,000 individual lights, crowds are wowed by the incredible festive show that features all the usual Christmas characters including reindeer and Santa himself. The fun show is set to music played on the world-famous Wanamaker Grand Organ.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Philadelphia


    Philadelphia has a plentiful supply of hotels to suit all pockets. Center City has the lion’s share, with easiest access to the

    main sights. Nearby Rittenhouse Square has upscale boutique hotels; for more affordable options try the Old City.

    Hampton Inn

    1301 Race Street
    PA 19107 Philadelphia
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    Category: Moderate

    This large modern hotel is right in the heart of the city, with good amenities and classically furnished rooms.

    Fairfield Inn

    8800 Bartram Avenue
    PA 19153 Philadelphia
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    Category: Moderate

    A good mid-range option, this out-of-town modern hotel is handy for the airport.

    Doubletree by Hilton

    237 South Broad Street
    PA 19107 Philadelphia
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    Category: Moderate

    This well-equipped modern hotel has cheerful rooms, as well as restaurants and a rooftop pool.

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    Climate & best time to visit the United States of America

    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1


    Public telephones have become a rarity, but can still be found here and there. They take coins, telephone cards and credit cards. If you are planning to make regular use of public phones, it’s best to purchase a prepaid calling card from one of the many U.S. providers.

    Mobile Telephone

    Not all European cell phones work on the American network, since it requires a tri-band or quad-band device. Full network coverage is not always assured outside densely populated areas. Roaming charges are high here, so it is often cheaper to buy a SIM card from a U.S. provider. Low-cost prepaid SIM cards for making calls inside the country can be ordered online before you travel.


    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using unencrypted public Wi-Fi networks, it is not advisable to enter passwords, credit card details or banking credentials. We recommend using VPN app or security software to check Wi-Fi hotspots.


    Shopping in Philadelphia

    Key Areas

    Clothes and shoes are tax-free in Pennsylvania, so shopping in Philadelphia is a special attraction. Besides the handy out-of-town malls, top city neighbourhoods for shopping include upscale Rittenhouse Row, or for specialist stores, check out Jeweller’s Row on Sansom Street, Fabric Row on 4th Street, and Antique Row on Pine Street.


    Reading Terminal Market, daily on 12th and Arch Streets, is a major city attraction, with hundreds of food and fresh produce

    stalls; the Italian Market is one of the oldest open-air market in the USA, with dozens of lip-smacking goodies on offer in stalls and gourmet restaurants lining 9th Street (between Wharton and Fitzwater).

    Shopping Centres

    Macy’s department store is a historic site you should not miss; there are also many malls, from the chic Liberty Place, right in the Center City, to the grand King of Prussia Mall, out of town northwest of the city.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting in formal situations and in business meetings. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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