Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Rich with history and culture the city’s founding goes back to the early European colonists of the 1600s. The city was an important part of this country’s formation hosting the original Continental Congress, the Liberty Bell and the first Capital of the (future) United States of America. Today Philadelphia is a melting pot for diversity and religious freedom celebrating the rules of founder William Penn: a Quaker who believed that all religious people should be able to be who they are and practice what they’d like.
Getting to Philadelphia is an easy trip from Seattle. Direct flights last about five hours and can be found through several airlines including Alaska Air. Arriving at the International Airport it is a half hour taxi ride (about $30) or an approximate thirty-minute subway ride (about $7) to the City Center, although there may be a walk waiting for you if taking the subway. Once there, most major sites are accessible within a healthy 30 minutes walk, or an inexpensive taxi ride depending on your requirements (and the weather). And the sights to see are numerous. While Philadelphia is a large city, most needs are met within the City Center limits.