By Exhibitor magazine

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) is a landmark rife with history and spectacular architectural details. The site first served as the Reading Railroad Terminal. More than a century later, the dramatic arched roof of the original train shed sweeps over a sprawling Grand Hall. Following a LEED-Gold certified expansion in 2011, the PCC offers 1 million square feet of meeting space including seven exhibit halls, two ballrooms, 82 meeting rooms, and a 10-story glass atrium. Measuring 2.3 million square feet overall with 528,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the venue is the 14th largest convention center in the country. 

The 1,408-room Philadelphia Marriott Downtown occupies the head house of the former train terminal and adjoins the PCC, while the smaller 179-room Aloft Philadelphia Downtown is adjacent to the center's Broad Street entrance and has a direct interior connection to the venue. More than 9,000 hotel rooms are within a 15-minute walk.

The PCC's third-floor Overlook Cafe offers free Wi-Fi and a convenient on-site respite. The nearby Reading Terminal Market, one of the nation's oldest food bazaars and farmers markets, is considered a can't-miss Philadelphia experience. For client dinners, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is a popular destination.

Philadelphia International Airport is located 7 miles from downtown, and taxis charge a flat fare of $28.50 for rides to the Convention Center District. Uber and Lyft offer rides to the PCC area starting at $23 and $21, respectively. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) runs the Airport Regional Rail Line, which costs $6.75 from the airport to the station across from the PCC.