Packed full of historic buildings and with a great choice of attractions to explore, Philadelphia is a fantastic place to learn a little more about US history. As well as excellent museums, Philadelphia also has a vibrant nightlife and an exciting culinary scene, giving you plenty to see and do during your stay.
With four distinct seasons, Philadelphia has a variety of attractions to offer throughout the year. Peak season in the city runs from June to August. At this time of year the weather is generally warm and sunny making it easy to explore Philadelphia’s many historic sights.
If you book your flights to Philadelphia in April or May you’ll have fewer crowds to contend with, although temperatures can be a little chilly. If you’re happy to throw on a thick coat and wrap up warm, this can be a good time to find cheap flights to Philadelphia.
Winters in Philadelphia are cold and long. Temperatures start to drop in September and don’t really thaw until the end of February. However, this is the cheapest season to visit the city so if you’re on a budget this may be the perfect time to fly.
Book your flights to Philadelphia with Orbitz and finding a great deal should be easy. If you’re flying from a city with multiple airports, make sure you select ‘All Airports’ when typing in your departure details. You’ll then be shown flights from all of the terminals in the area.
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A major hub for American Airlines and a focus city for Frontier Airlines, Philadelphia International Airport offers flights to almost 150 destinations across the US and around the world.
The airport is located around 20 minutes by car from the center of the city making it a convenient entry point for visitors traveling to the region.
From the airport, you can catch a train or bus into central Philadelphia. Taxis are also available at the terminal.
Tickets to Philadelphia are available from a number of airlines including:
Philadelphia’s public transport system is one of the most extensive in the country. As well as commuter trains, buses and a subway system, the city also has a light rail network and electric trolley buses. The public transport network is fairly easy to navigate and services run regularly throughout the day.
If you’re staying in central Philadelphia, you may well find walking is the best way to get around. The city has been ranked among the five most walkable in the US, with many of its sights and attractions located close to each other. Bike hire is also available from several locations cross the city.
The most famous sight in Philadelphia is the Liberty Bell, an important symbol of American independence. Visit the Liberty Bell Center to find out all about this historic piece of metalwork.
Just opposite the Liberty Bell Center you’ll find Independence Hall. This is the place where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated, drafted and signed. Today you can still see surviving copies of the Declaration, the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation on display in the building’s west wing.
If you’ve worked up an appetite after all that sightseeing, head over to the Reading Terminal Market. Packed full of fantastic produce, it’s the perfect place to sample some of Philadelphia’s famous cuisine.
From May to October a special tourist bus operates a circular route around the city taking in some of Philadelphia’s most famous sights as it goes. If you’re staying in the city for a few days, a travel pass could help you to save money on your journeys.
Located on the Eastern Seaboard, nearly equidistant from New York City to the north and Washington, D.C. to the south, Philadelphia has a temperate climate characterized by humid summers and cold, but not overly frigid, winters.
Philadelphia’s historic personality and family-friendly vibe attract legions of visitors in the summer months, when kids have vacation and important American holidays take place (Memorial Day in May; Independence Day in July; and Labor Day in September). Visitors should expect to wait in longer lines and to pay more for airfare and hotel rooms during the June through August stretch. Nonetheless, summer is a magical time of year in Philadelphia. The city is steeped in Red, White, and Blue, and the annual July 4 Fireworks show is one of the most elaborate in the country.
The winter months, December through February, are typically colder and sometimes snow-filled. The city is less crowded on these chilly days, and if you tolerate the cold well, this may be a good time to visit. Temperatures in January and February hover between 25-28 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind chills often making the climate feel downright freezing in Philly.
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