Philadelphia -- our nation’s first great city -- proclaimed by National Geographic Traveler as "the next great city." Famous as the birthplace of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," Philadelphia is the second-largest city on the East Coast and the fifth-largest in the nation, with a regional population of nearly 6 million. Founded and named by the 17th-century land planner William Penn, from the Greek for "City of Brotherly Love," Philadelphia has a street grid still based on his original "Greene Countrie Towne" design.
By day, explore four centuries of history and architecture, walkable neighborhoods, remarkable museums, and endless shopping amidst historical landmarks and cobblestone streets. Just by attending CNU XV, you'll get a chance to see some of America's most impressive interiors, from our exhibits housed in PSFS's flight-themed banking hall to the soaring atrium covering the Kimmel Center.
Walk to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, National Constitution Center, and Elfreth’s Alley – the oldest continually-occupied residential street in America. Across Market Street from the Loews, you'll find Reading Terminal Market, an all-day cornucopia offering anything you could possibly want to eat. Just behind the Loews is Washington West (Midtown Village), a rejuvenated neighborhood of smart boutiques.
After sunset, the city heats up with acclaimed performing arts, candlelight tours, major-league sports, delectable dining and vibrant nightlife. Catch the momentum!
GoPhila.com -- visitor site for greater Philadelphia
Plan ahead and print a copy of our City Guide for the road