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  • Mutter Museum

    Philadelphia Favorites

    SEE THE MUTTER MUSEUM! It is something that most tourists don't go to because they've never heard of it! Also, you must go to Pat's Steaks in South Philly for a real cheesesteak -- trust me, those Steak 'Um sandwiches don't pass for the real thing! Other things that are a don't miss: The Mummers Parade (on New Years Day), the Mummers Museum (4th &...

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  • Christ Church

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    The first one is of Christ church which is a currently active Episcopal church. Many of the Founding Fathers and other famous people (such as Benjamin Franklin. Pioneer Alice. William Penn. Betsy Ross. George Washington. Absalom Jones. William White and Fanny Kemble) worshiped here. The church was, founded in 1695. It was the first parish of the...

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  • Philly Facts

    Philadelphia Favorites

    I'm drawn to cultural treasures in every city I visit, and want to share the same when friends visit me! In Philadelphia, that means a trip the Ben Franklin Parkway is required. The Parkway itself (and nearby) is marketed as the "Parkway Museums District," so look for those signs. A great site for info before you arrive: parkwaymuseumsdistrict.org....

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  • City Views

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    The Ben Franklin Parkway connects City Hall with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and also is a conduit between Center City and Fairmount Park. Along the way, you'll find the Franklin Institute, the Free Library, the Rodin Museum, the Cathdral of S.S. Peter and Paul and other interesting sights. Originally, it was supposed to be Philly's version of...

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  • Olde City

    Philadelphia Favorites

    These old post cards from around the beginning of the 20th century show what Philadelphia and environs was like back in those days. Sometimes the writing is on the front and just the address is on the back. On the front of Bartram's House is written How is this for picturesque.. On the front of City Hall is written Dear Myrtle [my grandmother] ...

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  • Philadelphia Flower Show

    Philadelphia Favorites

    Don't waste your money $30.00 on the Philadelphia Flower Show. The arrangements are not that nice, the people are rude, the crowds are large so you stand in line for "Everything" the parking is a rip-off and so is the food. I saw the Flower Show in 2012, and hated it. I could not wait to get out of Philadelphia. Leaving Philadelphia is the best...

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  • Independence Hall

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    Visit the CONGRESS HALL: Adjacent to the INDEPENDENCE HALL, this is another important building which once served as Capitol of the United States (1790 - 1800) where senators & representatives wrestled with issues of implementing the U.S. Constitution. Official Site: NPS.gov.

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  • Longwood Gardens

    Philadelphia Favorites

    Longwood Gardens Season Open every day, year-round with special seasonal displays and events. Hours of Operation Outdoor gardens open at 9am. Conservatory opens at 10 am every day of the year. The outdoor gardens and Conservatory close at 5 pm from November through March; 6 pm April through October. Admission $12 for adults ($8 onTuesdays) $6...

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  • Brandywine Battlefield Park

    Philadelphia Favorites

    Don't worry, you won't get caught in a cross fire when visiting. Not only that, but we almost even have decent relations with the British these days, in spite of JoeCooper's comments on our use of the English language!! (Remeber however, Joe, we've KEPT those muskets just in case you guys get a little rowdy once more!!!

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  • South Street

    Philadelphia Favorites

    Philly is a great city to take a stroll. Old City, Rittenhouse Square, South Street, Society Hill, Washington Square and many other areas are full of interesting shops and sights and you'll find locals strolling around all over the place. Here's a picture of my nephew and my sister in front of Philadelphia Java Company just off of South Street....

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  • Franklin Court

    Philadelphia Favorites

    One must absolutely pay homage to this great man (although he was born in Boston!). Ben Franklin began many new institutions in the colonies..first library, first fire company and the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • National Banks

    Philadelphia Favorites

    The Second Bank of the United States was designed by William Strickland - who was also responsible for the classical facade of the Philadelphia Exchange nearby. Clearly inspired by the Parthenon, the Second Bank helped to inspire a national "style" of using toned-down classical motifs as a symbol of republican virtue. The building now houses the...

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  • Liberty Bell

    Philadelphia Favorites

    Buy the PHLASH day pass. As it happens, the hotel I stayed for the night (Marriott Philadelphia) was at the 1st stop (12th & Filbert Street, across from Reading Terminal Market) of this convenient & economical shuttle service which operates every 10-15 minutes. For a price of US$4 a day, I get to see the major attractions of Philadelphia! Along...

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  • Betsy Ross House

    Philadelphia Favorites

    Can't resist. Hope I'm not boring you with these house details, but I really enjoyed Betsy Ross's little house and wanted to show you the cupboard in the kitchen with redware and other old pieces on the shelves. I found the entire museum charming. Small, intimate, and very knowledgeable guides.

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  • Architecture

    Philadelphia Favorites

    As you walk NW towards the City Hall, the Federal style townhouses are mixed with the newer Belle Epoque architecture, providing for a nice transition. This city is actually excellent to study architecture through history.

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Philadelphia Favorites

    I took this picture of John Marshall's statue at the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and wrongly identified it in my notes as John Jay. The artist was William Wetmore Inscription: Chief Justice of the United States 1801-1835. As soldier he fought that the nation might come into being. As expounder of the Constitution he gave it...

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  • William Penn

    Philadelphia Favorites

    WILLIAM PENN (Founder of Pennsylvania) statue atop the 510 ft CITY HALL. To read more about William Penn, please proceed to Virginia.edu.

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  • Murals

    Philadelphia Favorites

    There are murals everywhere where the used to be grafitti. Some of them are really beautiful. Many make political statements. They're all over center city as the result of a group called the Mural Arts Program. Check them out on-line an take a virtual tour of our murals. http://www.muralarts.org

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  • Fairmount Park Horticultural Center

    Philadelphia Favorites

    I found some really old postcards (around the turn of the century) which depicted scenes in Fairmont Park. Fairmount Park was the site of the Centennial Exposition of 1876. It is one of the world's largest municipal parks, Fairmount contains several million trees; the oldest zoo in the U.S.; Boathouse Row; picnic areas; tennis courts; miles of...

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  • Monuments

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    Every where you look in Philadelphia you will find sound wonderful and very large sculptures, statues to Clothes pins. This town is full of art and history to be explored, so much to see here you may want to make a few days of it.

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  • Carpenter's Hall

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    CARPENTER'S HALL: Belonging to the Carpenters' Company, this building was offered to the First Continental Congress to discuss colonial interests & strategy during the crisis in the autumn of 1774.

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  • City Hall

    Philadelphia Favorites

    City Hall is a beautiful, old classical revival-style building that is so enormous that it takes up an entire city block. It is good to to take note of it's location if you will be walking around the city because it can be seen from just about everywhere and serves as an excellent landmark if you aren't sure where you are going! When we visited...

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  • Penn's Landing

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    The Italian American community in Philadelphia may not elect mayors any longer, but it still has some clout. "Christopher Columbus" is very much a "contested site" in history today - meaning there is a raging debate over his record and the manner in which he should be remembered. But you would never know it from this recently dedicated marker,...

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  • Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh is the second-largest city in Pennsylvania, with a population of about 2,450,000 in the greater metropolitan area. The city was founded on a point of land where three rivers meet: the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the Ohio (formed by the confluence of the other two rivers). In the early 1700s, the French and the British recognized the...

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  • Iron City Beer

    Iron City Beer was first brewed in Pittsburgh in 1861 and the Pittsburgh Brewing Company was formed in 1899 through a merger of 21 local breweries. This company was one of just 725 US breweries to survive the prohibition period, and by 1977, it was one of only 40 breweries remaining in America. IC Light was introduced in 1977 and is known as the...

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  • A good place for coffee and fastfood.

    Sheetz is one of the best options for fastfood in Pennsylvania.It's generally gas stations with a little store attached that also serves fastfood.Unlike most fastfood it's actually quite tasty.Especially their breakfasts.

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  • Good local micro brews.

    Pennsylvania has many good micro breweries and don't let awful stuff like budweiser, millers or rolling rock ruin your holiday when you can have great beer experiences there.My two favorite beers were a beer called "old leghumper" and a brewery called "wild goose". Drinking it of course.

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  • Park rangers.

    All national and state parks in Pennsylvania are guarded by park rangers.I always found them a very friendly and helpful bunch with lot's of good info on where to camp etc.A friendly thumbs up from me to the park rangers and thanks for doing a good job guys.

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  • LeMOYNE HOUSE

    Francis Julius LeMoyne practiced medicine by day and led the region's abolitionist movement by night. LeMoyne opened his home and properties as stops along the Underground Railroad, the series of safe hiding places for slaves fleeing north to Canada. As a physician, LeMoyne also linked many infectious diseases to burial practices common to his...

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  • A BIT ABOUT WASHINGTON PA

    The city of WASHINTON PA is located in Washington County at the crossroads of Interstate 70 and 79 and Route 19. Rich in history and culture. the area of present day Washington was settled by immigrants from Scotland and the north of Ireland along with settlers from eastern and central parts of Colonial Virginia. It was first settled by colonists...

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  • B & O FREIGHT TRAIN STATION

    Located on 273 South Main Street, the B & O FREIGHT TRAIN STATION is now home to Washington County Tourism and contains offices of different businesses. It is also the site of the Veteran's Walkway. I also noticed that there was a small museum inside.It's wonderful that they renovated such a building and make use out of it. Washington 'county...

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  • Hershey Chocolate Factory - a MUST !!!

    Okay for all you chocoaholics out there a visit to Hershey's Chocolate factory in Hershey Pennsylvania is mandatory...You get to see the works, how it is made from the cocoa seed all the way to the delicious items at the end of the conveyor. Trying all the chocolate I could eat at the end ^O^You can find them in the town of Hershey, just outside...

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  • Interstate 81

    If you happen to be travelling I-81 from Maryland on your way to upstate New York, be prepared for a BORING drive!! I have traveled this road many times, and every time I think of it, its zzzzzzzzzzz..........

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  • Coal Country

    Pennsylvania is coal country. There are lots of coal mines (which are not exactly a tourist destination). I took this photo from a plane taking off from Pittsburgh on my way home for vacation one year - probably in 1958. In those days, there were not the requirements to re-landscape the mines after they were finished mining. My dad did cancer...

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  • Penssylvania Farming

    Driving in the state of Pennsylvania you will see some beautiful farms. Most of the farms is Pennsylvania are dairy, PA is the forth largest dairy exporter in the USA. Alot of farms give tours for local schools, which when I was a child that the interesting. Beautiful landscapes to be seen accross the state so bring your camera.

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  • Check out a Farmers Market

    Boothwyn Farmers Market can be a fun trip to go find just about anything your looking for, some new some not, but always at a good price. There are hundreds of farmers markets throughtout Pennsylvania, so if your driving through a little town a see one, check it out. You can be sure that there is good ice cream and food here if you get hungry too.

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  • Keep your eyes open

    When travelling though Pennsylvania, keep your eyes open for signs that might lead you to interesting destinations. Many of the sights I have been lucky enough to see in this great state were purely by accident. We just happened to see a sign and stop in on our way to someplace else! Sometimes Lou and I just hop in the car and head west with no...

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  • Horses

    As the amish use horses instead of machines they need some very strong horses.You can these typical working horses in many pastures.

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  • Farmland

    South east Pennsylvania has a lot of farmland. Many of these farms are run by Amish. They don´t believe in modernisation. Everything is done with horses, no machines.The farms are usually white, or at least a plain color.Driving through the slightly hilly landscape, the farms make great views (pics)

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  • The State has great diversity

    The State has great diversity. The land is mostly hill and forested from the southeast through Piedmont to the Appalachians and the Allegheny Plateau. The Atlantic section of the states part of a large, low sandy plain that runs along the East Coast of the United States and is where Philadelphia, the worlds larges freshwater port, is located. I...

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  • Hershey

    Hershey is interesting to visit, especially for chocoholics. This is a real company town.Hershey's Chocolate World is the official visitors center for Hershey Foods Corporation. The location is 100 West Hersheypark DriveFor information phone: 1-800HERSHEY

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  • Gettysburg

    Visit the battlefield in Gettysburg. There are self guiding tours available as well as guides for hire who will travel in your car with you. Unless you see the battlefield, you cannot appreciate the utter stupidity of Pickett's Charge.

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  • Sideling Hill was amazing with...

    Sideling Hill was amazing with all the rock layers, the difference in texture and color of the rocks. I have always been fascinated with geology and the complexity and beauty of nature. I do not have mountains where I come from, but instead other equally amazing works of nature, so I am intriqued by all that I see. The rolling hills, the beauty of...

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  • Take a ride in a horse-drawn...

    Take a ride in a horse-drawn buggy with one of the local Plain Folk (Amish to us English as they call everyone else). A wonderful reminder of simplier lives and times. Watching my 3 year old grandson dive into a big bowl of fresh ice cream. The sheer joy on his face, the wonderment in his eyes. We visited the Creamery Country Store in Strasburg...

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  • There is a river with a...

    There is a river with a funny-sounding name that meanders through Fayette County. It is called the Youghiogheny river and is pronounced Yog-oh-gay-nee, or The Yough, for short. It is a beautiful river, quite wide in places, with bike trails and hiking trails following it's edge. It is open for canoeing, boating, fishing and in some places,...

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