When to Go in Philadelphia

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Well known for it's historical significance and friendlier people than those in most big cities, Philadelphia is a city that tourists go to mostly to step back into the past and see things like the Independence National Historic Park and the Liberty Bell. To visit these sorts of attractions, good weather is a must, so choose wisely the time of year you want to visit. Summer is the main tourist season, and prices usually increase, although recently, due to the economy, prices are dropping more than anything else. Still, it's probably better to visit when there aren't so many people and the weather's a bit cooler. Spring and autumn are the best times of year to go to Philadelphia. The humidity is lower than in summer, as are the temperatures, but not so cold and snowy as it is in winter. With a light jacket, you'll be ready to walk comfortably around the city and more thoroughly enjoy the historical monuments and buildings.

Summer and Spring

Being on the eastern side of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is blocked in from the west by the Appalachian Mountains and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. This means that the climate stays quite mild all year long and prevents any extreme temperatures. There is rainfall all year long, but it is most concentrated in the summer which sometimes can flood nearby rivers. Summer brings hot weather with high humidity that fills the city from the Atlantic. This can be uncomfortable for tourists, as you can get really sweaty walking to see all of the attractions. Although, it is the time when most tourists are in the area. Spring is much calmer with more pleasant temperatures and humidity level.

Winter and Fall

Winter is cold; the average temperature in January is 32 degrees Farenheit. Snowfall does occur in Philadelphia, but in the center of the city, it is really light and usually ends up changing to rain. In the northern suburbs of the city, there are higher amounts of snow that don't just melt. Heavy winds are a problem in winter as well, making the temperatures seem even lower. Obviously winter isn't exactly a great time to go. Although there are things to do during this season, especially Christmas events and theater. Fall is a much better time for a vacation. There aren't many people, the leaves on the trees become vibrant reds, oranges, and yellow, and there is a crisp breeze in the air that feels refreshing in the blazing sun. Apple orchards and cider mills open, and pumpkin picking begins. It is a wonderful time to go to Philadelphia.

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