The Philadelphia Region is in eastern Pennsylvania. Its two largest cities are Philadelphia and Allentown. Philadelphia is the cradle of American democracy, a former capital of the United States and the nation's fifth most populous city.
|Berks County |
|Delaware Valley |
Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia (coterminous with Philadelphia County)
|Lehigh Valley |
Lehigh County, Northampton County
- 1 Allentown — Pennsylvania's third largest city is the center of the Lehigh Valley region and home of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.
- 2 Bethlehem — Settled in 1614 by Moravian missionaries, Pennsylvania's seventh largest city was once a major center for the U.S. steel industry. Now, the city is home to a vibrant arts scene and Pennsylvania's largest casino.
- 3 Chester — A struggling city located between Philadelphia and Wilmington, the city's redeveloping waterfront is home to a casino and a Major League Soccer team.
- 4 Easton — Visit the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to telling the story of America’s historic towpath canals
- 5 King of Prussia — Home of Valley Forge National Historic Park and one of the largest malls in the United States.
- 6 Kutztown — A university town with a large Mennonite population
- 7 Media — A popular culinary destination accessible by SEPTA regional rail in neighboring Delaware County.
- 8 Philadelphia — Pennsylvania's largest city is the birthplace of American democracy and home of the cheesesteak.
- 9 Reading — As the urban center of mostly rural Berks County, Pennsylvania's fifth largest city hosts a number of cultural festivals each year.
The Philadelphia region is the seventh most populated region in the nation, and the city of Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy, is the nation's sixth largest city and the second largest city in the Northeast megalopolis (after New York City).
Philadelphia is home to the Philadelphia accent but is also a home to the greater Mid-Atlantic dialect. Some unique words found in the dialect include "pavement" instead of "concrete," "center city" instead of "downtown" and "hoagie" instead of "sub" or "grinder."
Philadelphia is served by Philadelphia International Airport, a large public airport that served nearly 10 million passengers in 2021 and is the 21st busiest airport in the United States. Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown serves the Lehigh Valley region roughly 60 miles north of Philadelphia.
In the city of Philadelphia, public transportation is extensive and convenient. In the suburbs however, service tends to be more spotty.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the body that is in charge of public transportation in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs. It has bus, subway, trolley and commuter rail services.
New Jersey Transit (or NJ Transit) operates bus service between Philadelphia and various points in New Jersey, and also commuter rail services on the Northeast Corridor between Trenton, New Jersey and New York.
- Shangy's is a famous beer distributor located on Main Street in Emmaus and one of the largest beer distributors on the East Coast. It advertises itself as having the largest number of beer brands from all over the world of any distributor in the nation. Shangy's attracts beer enthusiasts from around the nation, especially those looking for hard to find domestic or international beers.
- Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown is a popular amusement park and water park that is home to at least six world-class roller coasters,
- The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA-level minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies, play their home games from early April through early October at Allentown's Coca-Cola Park.
- The Liberty Bell Museum in Allentown has exhibits and a full-size replica of the Liberty Bell which was hidden from the British in this historic church during the Revolutionary War.
There is a stark contrast between rural, suburban, and urban areas. Philadelphia often ranks among the USA's most dangerous cities, though most crimes are constricted to specific neighborhoods. Allentown and Reading also have their share of violence, though being street-smart and asking locals for help will be enough to avoid trouble. Suburban and rural areas are safe for the most part.
Travelers on East Coast itineraries can easily find a bus or train to other major cities on the east coast, including Washington, D.C., New York City, and Baltimore. Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore are also a short drive, bus, or train ride away. Travelers wishing to see more of Pennsylvania have the option of visiting Lancaster and Pennsylvania Dutch Country by journeying westward.