Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – General Info

Geography

Philly is located on the Eastern Coast of the US, a short distance from Washington D.C., New York City and Atlantic City, NJ.

Accommodation

A wide variety of hotels at all price ranges may be found in Center City. I am myself a B&B lover, especially in such a historical city, so here are a few to choose from:

Bed & Breakfasts

  • Gaskill House
    Old City, a private residence since 1828 w/a private city garden.

    +1 (215) 413 0669

  • Rittenhouse B&B
    A beautiful European-style B&B centrally located.

    +1 (215) 545 1755

  • Ten Eleven Clinton B&B
    The highest-rated B&B in Philly (AAA 3-diamond). An all suite B&B, with many amenities in a townhouse dated to 1836.

    +1 (215) 923 8144

  • Spring Garden Manor
    In the Art Museum district, featuring artwork by local artists. Rooms have private baths.

    +1 (215) 567 2484

  • Transport

    Airport

    The cheapest method of transportation between Philadelphia International Airport and Center City is the SEPTA Train. The train picks up from all terminals, and runs to three Center City stations:

  • 30th Street Station (N 30th St. between Market and Arch Sts.)
  • Suburban Station (JFK Blvd. between N 16th and 17th Sts.)
  • Market East Station (N 11th and Market St.).

    A one way ticket costs $5, and trains run every 30 minutes from 6:10am to 12:10am. The ride takes 20-30 minutes. Most areas of the city are accessible from these stations by bus, subway or cab.

    Cab fare from the airport to most Center City locations runs about $20, and the ride can take 15-30 minutes, depending on traffic.

    Train

    30th Street Station is the main Amtrak station, with service to and from most major Eastern U.S. cities.

    Money

    US currency is standard. Per diem costs can range from $50 and up, depending on your tastes!

    Weird Facts

    The term "United States of America" was used for the first time on July 6, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was published in Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Evening Post.

    Philadelphia’s first corrupt politician was William Penn’s cousin, Col. William Markham. Markham served as Penn’s deputy governor from 1693 to 1699. During this time he offered a safe haven to pirates (including Captain Kidd) for the sum of 100 British pounds per crew member.

    The Author

    I am not a native Philadelphian by any means… However, I have lived here now for over a year, and have come to appreciate all it has to offer!

    Other Philly Links

    Citysearch Philadelphia

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