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Philadelphia: A guide to short-term rentals

The City of Brotherly Love is dense with history, art, and amazing food. A short-term rental is the best way to explore all that Philadelphia has to offer.

Kasa's short-term rentals in Philadelphia

With short-term rentals in the city’s most exciting neighborhoods, Kasa offers comfortable and convenient accommodations no matter what brings you to Philadelphia or where you need to go.

Discover Philadelphia

After booking your short-term rental in Philadelphia, here's everything you need to know for your trip.

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, the second largest city in the Northeast, and the sixth largest city in the U.S. An educational hub with a host of colleges and universities, the city is also a significant economic center that’s famed for its exceptional arts, culture, and cuisine.

Before European colonization, the Lenape people inhabited the area around the Delaware River, which separates the present-day city from New Jersey. The Lenape were expelled from the region by settlers and their populations were decimated by disease. One of the oldest cities in the country, Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by William Penn, a persecuted Quaker who traveled from England to America in search of freedom of religion. During the American Revolution the city played a vital role as a gathering place for Founding Fathers from across the colonies because of its central location and size. Philadelphia was where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 and where the Constitutional Convention was held in 1787, after the war ended.

Through the end of the eighteenth century, Philadelphia was the largest city in the country, until New York City, located 100 miles to the northeast, edged past it. Waves of European immigrants arrived in the city over the next century and a half, drawn by industrial jobs, particularly in textiles. The city transformed into a manufacturing and transportation powerhouse, with major train, railroad, and shipbuilding companies. After the Civil War, during the Great Migration, African-Americans moved to the city in large numbers, and throughout the twentieth century Puerto Ricans moved to Philadelphia in large numbers as well.

The city’s economy has continued to transform. There’s a burgeoning tech industry that feeds off the city’s educational institutions, and the city is visited by more than 40 million tourists per year. There are unrivaled historic sites, museums, restaurants, and entertainment, and there are great short-term rental options near it all.