Philadelphia has been an important city from its founding in 1682 by William Penn. In less than 100 years, during the American Revolution, it was the largest English speaking city in the world after London. The city was a center of the Revolution, hosting first the Continental Congresses, then the British army as Washington's troops shivered in Valley Forge. Many reminders of the city's Revolutionary past survive, including extra wide streets, many still paved with cobblestones.
Today, Philadelphia is one of the nation's leading cities. Big business and historic sites dominate the city in a peaceful coexistence, presided over by the statue of William Penn on the top of city hall, the highest point in the area. "The City of Brotherly Love" accommodates both tourist and business travelers, offering a little something for everyone. Enjoy your visit, and eat plenty of cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, they're the best in the world.