The first World Heritage City in the U.S., Philadelphia is home to American history, chef-driven cuisine, abundant outdoor space, and an unparalleled arts and culture community. These qualities have elevated Philadelphia as a destination worthy of the world’s attention, recently receiving recognition from National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and TIME.
Let this guide aid in your exploration of Philadelphia, highlighting can’t miss summer activities and a cheesesteak trail, plus essential attractions, restaurants and shops in each neighborhood, as well as exciting new experiences throughout the city.
Pop-up parks, beer gardens, festivals, and concerts all help make Philadelphia a must-visit summer destination. Here are a few ways you can make the most of the season in Philadelphia, including new exhibits, events, and plenty of outdoor activities.
From beloved chefs and restaurants reinventing themselves, to cutting-edge dining experiences, there’s a lot to get excited about eating in Philadelphia today. Check out these new additions to the city’s award-winning restaurant scene.Restaurants
Philadelphia is filled with wonderful art museums and galleries to explore. Here is a roundup of some of the exciting exhibits that are on view now or coming soon around the region.Exhibits
Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods. Traverse the vibrant locales and stroll picturesque and friendly streets to discover our city's parks, shops, public art, restaurants, museums and much more.Neighborhoods
Philadelphia and cheesesteaks just go hand in hand. Jim Pappas has eaten more than 1,000 versions of the city’s iconic sandwich on a quest to find the best one. He sat down with the PHLCVB to describe what makes Philadelphia's iconic sandwich so special.Cheesesteak Q&A
Historic sites, quaint shopping districts, vibrant nightlife and more — from day to night, there’s always something to see or do in Philadelphia.
With one of the largest city-owned urban park systems in the world, Philadelphia is home to seemingly endless trails, riverfronts, parks and outdoor opportunities.Outdoors
From ballet to theater to the orchestra and beyond, it’s no wonder Philadelphia is one of only three U.S. destinations – and one of only eight destinations around the globe – to make Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Gold List.Arts & Culture
Philadelphia has a booming food scene.
From nationally recognized restaurants with award-winning chefs to local favorites, there’s something to excite every palate.
Home to tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes, Philadelphia offers the biggest name brands as well as countless independent boutiques throughout each of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.Shopping
Philadelphia offers everything you will find in a major metropolitan city, with the ease of a small town.
Ranked the 4th most walkable city in the nation, visitors can easily explore multiple neighborhoods, attractions, and restaurants. It’s also easy to hop on a bike, bus, or train to navigate the city.Transportation
With a wide range of amenities and accommodations, Philadelphia hotels make it easy to relax and recharge.
The Philadelphia area has more than 42,000 hotel rooms, with more than 14,400+ hotel rooms within the downtown area.
Start at one of Philadelphia’s official Visitor Centers to discover all there is to see and do throughout the region.Visitor Centers
What you need to know before visiting Philadelphia. Traveling to Philadelphia is a breeze. Once you have landed, it’s a quick and easy trip through Customs.International Travel