Philadelphia — "Philly" to the locals— is on the eastern border of Pennsylvania where the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers meet. It is Pennsylvania’s largest municipality and the fifth largest city in the United States. Philadelphia is also the most historic city in the nation for its leading role in the American Revolution.
Philadelphia’s Independence Hall is where our nation’s founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and where the U.S. Constitution was written in 1787. It is also the site of the nation’s first Capitol and where the original Liberty Bell rang and is now displayed. The Betsy Ross House, another Philadelphia landmark, is believed to be the site where the seamstress and flag-maker lived when she sewed the first American Flag.
If Philadelphia’s abundance of American history is not enough to appeal to your travel nursing desires, take a look at everything remarkable the highly acclaimed City of Brotherly Love has to offer.
Philadelphia brings something for everyone no matter your age, stage of life and ethnicity.
A mix of skyscrapers, high-rises, early colonial brownstones, and contemporary townhomes testify to the changes the city has undergone since the American Revolution. Historical landmarks, recreational and cultural attractions, a striking skyline, beautiful tree-lined parks, iconic museums and statues, eclectic restaurants, great shopping, diverse neighborhoods, as well as easy transit options guarantee that your days and nights off will be packed with adventure.
Philadelphia is one of the easiest cities to get around.
Philadelphia’s downtown area spans just 25 blocks between the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers and its layout, an easy-to-follow grid system, is simple to master. Streets that run north and south are numbered; those that run east and west have tree names (e.g., Walnut, Spruce, Pine).
Philadelphia has been rated as one of the best walking and biking cities in the country.
Philly’s shorter city blocks, wider sidewalks, and brief signal cycles are designed to get you to your destination faster. It only takes 15 minutes to walk from City Hall (the world’s tallest masonry building) to the Liberty Bell; 10 minutes to walk from Independence Hall to the Betsy Ross House; and 15 minutes to walk from the world-renown 10-acre Philadelphia Art Museum (which houses more than 300,000 works spanning 2,000 years) to the Barnes Foundation,which displays the world’s largest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, early-modern paintings, and African Sculpture.
Philly’s RIDE INDEGO is a city-wide bike-share program that allows visitors or program members to rent bicycles from 70+ convenient locations stretching from one end of the city to the other. Over 400 miles of dedicated bike laneson city streets and hundreds of miles of trails can take you to some of Philadelphia’s most beautiful and historic areas including Penn’s Landing waterfront area, and Boathouse Row, a 2-mile stretch along the east bank of the Schuylkill River.
Philadelphia offers a variety of public transit options.
SEPTA, Philly’s public transit system, provides a vast network of bus, subway, trolley, and rail commuter services into, out of, and through the city. The PATCO Speedline provides high-speed train service between Southern New Jersey and center city Philadelphia. Historic 30th Street Station (which opened in 1933,) is a 90-minute train ride from New York City and two hours from Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia boasts dozens of diverse neighborhoods—old, new, and gentrified—brimming with great food, drink and nightlife.
These include: Kensington,Chinatown, Manayunk, Roxborough, Northern Liberties (one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the city), Washington Square West (awesome Greek food and funky Asian Fusion), Fishtown (ranked as one of the top food neighborhoods in the country), The Fairmount/Art Museum area, Rittenhouse Square, and Old City—the oldest area in Philadelphia and a great place to get colonial dishes served by wait staff in period dress. Reading Terminal Market is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market and features more than 80 unique merchants offering everything from sandwiches to gourmet cheeses, fresh fish, the finest cuts of meat and other delicacies.
Philadelphia is home to some of the highest-ranking U.S. hospitals, so you will be practicing with the brightest and the best.
The Hospitals of The University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian—two hospitals within the University of Pennsylvania Health System that operate under one license—ranks number one in the Philadelphia-metro area and Pennsylvania for delivering exceptional treatment in multiple areas of care. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a 937-bed general medical and surgical facility and teaching hospital in the Rittenhouse Square area,ranks nationally in 11 adult specialties. At least ten other Philadelphia, Pennsylvania metropolitan area hospitals rank among the nation’s best.
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