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NBIA will be keeping conference attendees busy, but those of you who choose to arrive a day early or stay a day late will find plenty to do in Philadelphia.

Historic Philadelphia

An appropriate backdrop for The New American City, Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood is named for the Free Society of Traders, a group of colonial businessmen to whom William Penn deeded land to encourage economic leadership. The historic neighborhood's Colonial- and Federal-style houses and cobblestone streets draw visitors on foot and by carriage.

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Art Attractions

Philadelphia offers many museums and galleries, the most famous of which is the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Its collection of Asian, European and American art includes medieval sculpture, a 13th-century French cloister, Impressionist and Postimpressionist paintings, and some early works of Picasso.

The building's exterior is quite an attraction, too. The steps to the museum's main entrance are the very ones that Sylvester Stallone ascended in the 1975 movie Rocky. Also, Rodin's The Thinker sits in front of the main entrance, having just recently been restored and returned to its place of prominence overlooking the city.

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Shopping Opportunities

Shoppers take note: There is no clothing tax in Philly. None. You can buy Levi's, Ralph Lauren, Armani — anything — and not pay sales tax. And there are plenty of shopping opportunities. From unique crafts and rural specialties in colonial Philadelphia to the King of Prussia, the largest shopping mall on the East Coast, Philadelphia will keep shoppers happy.

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Dining Out

Philadelphia has some spectacular five-star restaurants, and dozens more that are merely terrific. Whether you want a famous Philly cheesesteak or a fine French restaurant, Philadelphia delivers on food.

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