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The Sustainable Traveler’s Guide to Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love welcomes travelers from all over the world to experience the rich history, diverse culture, and vibrant food scene of Philadelphia—all within steps of The Rittenhouse Hotel. As Earth Day approaches, we want to remind every traveler of the many ways we’re able to care for the earth and the city that gives visitors timeless memories and experiences. Here are some of the ways you can make your trip to Philadelphia a sustainably-guided visit.

Stay at The Rittenhouse Hotel

Choosing an eco-friendly stay that prioritizes sustainability is one of the best ways you can give back to the earth. The Rittenhouse Hotel prides itself on its environmentally-friendly initiatives, such as using energy-efficient lighting, implementing a towel and linen reuse program, and a property-wide recycling policy. 

At the intersection of entrepreneurship and sustainability, is The Rittenhouse’s participation in the EarthView® program—a series of initiatives that promote sustainability in a triple-bottom-line approach. By limiting the waste of natural resources, giving back to local communities, and implementing energy savings initiatives, The Rittenhouse allows guests to directly partner in saving the planet. As you indulge in a comforting stay, you can also relax knowing that you’ll be partnering with the mission to make travel easier on the globe.

Explore Philadelphia Sustainably

While Philadelphia has many great attractions to visit, it’s not hard to craft an eco-friendly itinerary. Covering over 2,000 acres of green space to explore, Fairmount Park is a great option for those wanting to spend some time in the great outdoors. As a plus, visitors can do everything from cycling to horseback riding, or reveling in the fun of an outdoor concert. Another great recommendation is attending an event at the Wells Fargo Center since it’s renowned for its use of renewable energy and sustainable practices.

Shop and Dine at the Reading Terminal Market

Both a food-lovers central and hub for local, artisanal goods, the Reading Terminal Market is one of the most-prized farmers’ markets in all of Philadelphia. Take home a hand-crafted souvenir, or satisfy your palate with a classic Philly Cheesesteak, and other locally-sourced goods for a true taste of Philadelphia.

Transportation Options

It takes little time in Philadelphia to know why it’s rated one of the most walkable cities in America. Fortunately, that also makes it easy for travelers to get around town in ways that reduce the overall carbon footprint. Other alternatives include using Philadelphia’s popular bike share program, Indego, hopping on the Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop, or taking SEPTA, Philadelphia’s convenient public transportation.

As you get ready to explore the many attractions Philadelphia has to offer, we’re certain this guide will help equip you for an unforgettable time in the city, in sustainably-minded ways.