Port of Philadelphia
Back shortly after William Penn arrived, Philadelphia became the New World's center of trade. Today, the port of Philadelphia is the 23rd busiest port in the US by volume, handling primarily steel products, frozen meat, fruit, heavy lift projects, paper, cocoa products, newsprint, wood pulp, lumber, coated paper, and other forest products. Philadelphia is maybe the 120th busiest port in the world, and one of the largest so-called fresh-water ports in the US. Philly is also served by Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
The Port of Philadelphia is operated by the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
Police officer = tourist guide
When we arrived at the Greyhound station I needed directions so I asked a police officer. He took of his backpack which was filed with brochures and maps. He helped us out perfectly and was very friendly. I don't know if I met one idealist police officer or if they all carry that backpack but if they do Philly must be the most welcoming city in the US!
Go to Pat's Steaks. Philly is...
Go to Pat's Steaks. Philly is famous for the cheesesteak, so you might as well eat the best. Cruising the streets of Center City in the middle of the night with 4 friends in the car after roadtripping 3 hours to satisfy a craving for Pat's.
The Geography of Philadelphia
Philadelphia is a sprawling city, so it's a good idea to get a map. If you look in transit stations or the visitor's center, you can pick up a helpful free map of the city. What you need to know is that as a tourist, most of what you want to see is not geographically located in the center of the city, but rather in the east. The best neighborhoods for accomodations, shopping and dining are flanked by the Delaware River on the East and the Schuylkill River on the West. This part of the city is pretty easy to navigate because it is a perfect grid, except for City Hall and Logan Square in which the grid is disrupted by a circular traffic pattern. The only other major neighborhoods of interest excluded from this area is University City, which is on the west bank of the Schuylkill River and the Italian Market about 3/4 mile south of the concentration of interest.
Neighborhoods of interest are:
Home of theAvenue of the Arts, the Convention Center, City Hall, Greyhound Bus Terminal, and the most important Septa connecting bus and train point at Market-East Station in the Gallery Mall. Chinatown also falls within this neighborhood.
Home of exclusive shopping and up-scale gourmet dining , luxury hotels, art galleries, etc. Gorgeous and super-pricey. Home of the Graduate Hospital
The name says it all- home of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Benjamin Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (which defies the grid of the city and runs a diagonal NW by SE.) South Street-
A young person's paradise for shopping, dining and hanging out. See my corresponding tip and travelogue.
South Philly Italian Market-
Culinary shopper's paradise. See corresponding tip and travelogue.
Is a large are with scattered interest including Antique Row, several theaters, Pennsylvania Hospital (the nation's first hospital), Wills Eye Hospital, Jefferson Hospital and the Atwater Kent Museum.
Olde City Historic Distric-
The oldest and most beautiful part of the city is the home of the Independence National Historic Park in which is contained lots and lots of sites of historic value (see corresponding tip), the US Mint, Penns Landing, and the exclusive Society Hill neighborhood. Just south is Fabric Row.
A clickable version of the map in the brochure.
The house was near Chadds...
The house was near Chadds Ford, where the British were expected to cross the river. Washington used the house to plan his strategy agiast british General William Howe, meeting with his generals on September 9th.
The house was damaged by a fire in the early 1930s, and restored to the condition it was when Washington met there at the end of the summer in 1777.