Located in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is the birthplace of both Pennsylvania and the United States. The region was home primarily to Lenape Native Americans until the Swedes established the first settlement in the state, Fort Nya Gothenburg, on present-day Tinicum Island in Delaware County in 1643.
William Penn established Philadelphia in 1682. At the same time, he established the state’s first three counties: Philadelphia County, Bucks County, and Chester County. Those three counties, along with Delaware County and Montgomery County comprise the area now known as Philadelphia and its Suburbs.
While these counties are densely populated (nearly a third of PA residents live in these five counties), there are also many great places to enjoy the outdoors, especially in northern Bucks County, but even the city of Philadelphia has some great spots for outdoor recreation.
The area is also filled with amazing history thanks to its early settlement by those coming to the new world. Of course, there are many fantastic art museums in Philadelphia and the surrounding area as well.