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Philadelphia Travel GuidePhiladelphia is the sixth most populous city of the United States and is commonly known as Philly and the 'city of brotherly love'. It is the largest city of Pennsylvania and the fifth largest metropolitan area by population of the country. The word 'Philadelphia' is derived from the Greek word 'philos', meaning love and the name of the city literally means 'city of brotherly love".
Benjamin Franklin had a large role to play in Philadelphia's early rise to prominence and during the eighteenth century this city eclipsed New York City both politically and socially. This city practically gave rise to the American Revolution and brought about American independence with some of its ideas and actions. Philadelphia back then was the centerpiece of the nation and was its first capital in 1774. At the time it was also the most populous city among all the other major cities of the United States.
The Dutch, the British and the Swedish were among the first Europeans who came along and settled won here in Philadelphia during the 1600's. Philadelphia is located on the Fall Line separating the Atlantic Coastal Plain from the Piedmont. The adjacent counties are New Jersey to the east; Montgomery to the north; Gloucester County, New Jersey to the south; Bucks to the northeast; Burlington County, Camden County, New Jersey to the southeast; and Delaware County to the west.
Philadelphia has humid subtropical climate. Summers are typically hot and muggy whereas fall and spring are generally mild. Winter over here is cold. Snowfall is variable. Some winters bring in moderate snow and others bring some significant snowstorms. February is the driest month of the year and the dryness continues throughout winter season.
The main sections of the city are North, Northwest, Northeast, South, West and Southwest Philadelphia. The neighborhoods here basically formed based on religion, culture, ethnicity, and commercial reasons.
Many national historical sites are to be found all around the city of Philadelphia. The most famous attractions among them are the Independence National Historical Park which is the center of these historical landmarks. Then there is the Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and of course the Liberty Bell. A few other historical sites which tourists found very interesting are homes for Edgar Allan Poe, Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Betsy Ross. Then there are the early government buildings like the First and Second Banks of the United States, and the Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church National Historic Site.
Philadelphia's major science museums are the Franklin Institute, which contains the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, the University Of Pennsylvania Museum Of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Academy of Natural Sciences. History museums include the National Constitution Center, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia History, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the state of Pennsylvania and The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is home to the first zoo and hospital of the country as well.
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