Philadelphia by Night © Charles Homler
Historic Philadelphia is the fifth largest metropolis
in the United States. It enjoys a warm and friendly reputation,
reflected in its nickname 'The City of Brotherly Love'. It's
regarded as a happy home for millions of people as well as one of
the world's most dynamic travel destinations.
Situated inland from the Atlantic coastline, it sits
on a protrusion of land at the merging of the mighty Delaware River
and the Schuylkill River. The land was granted to state founder
William Penn back in 1682.
Penn's vision was to establish a town reminiscent of
rural England. Because of its location controlling the Delaware
Valley and its good freshwater port facilities, it soon outgrew its
original boundaries and by the 18th century was the second largest
English-speaking city in the world.
Today, Philadelphia draws tourists mainly for its
wealth of history. Independence National Historical Park is
regarded as the most significant historic square mile in America,
where the United States of America was conceived, declared, and