Philadelphia Travel Guide

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Philadelphia Things to Do

  • Independence - Carpenter's Hall

    The most historic building and one of its oldest. Independence Hall is famed as the birthplace of America. It is here in 1776 that the Declaration of Indepencence was ratified at the start of the American Revolutionary War. One can visit the inside of this historic building and see the way it was and envision the likes of Thomas Jefferson, John...

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    With a splendid location this immense building easily reached by the hop-on hop-off bus, provides great views. Without time to enter and admire its collection, one of the greatest in USA, we could only appreciate the site, but it deserves the trip, specially if you have time to enter, of course.

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  • ChinaTown

    Philadelphia Chinatown is a great place to go because it has over fifty different restaurants! I like to often go there with my friends for dinner. Many different types of Chinese food are offered, including Cantonese, Sichuan, and Taiwanese. There are also foods from other Asian cultures available. Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese food is available....

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Philadelphia Hotels

Philadelphia Restaurants

  • Philly Cheese Steaks

    4 out of 5 stars

    I've always liked Pat's so it's what I will recommend. They don't need those flashy lights to prove anyone their better. They're just your low key philly cheese steak place that locals like me go to. 1 wiz wit! and cheese fries

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  • Marrakesh

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This place is amazing... located right in the middle of the action on South St. (Just 1/2 a block off South St to be exact), Marrakesh is an authentic Moroccan restaurant. The food here is great and the servers are very friendly. Make sure to bring plenty of room for all seven courses, but you probably still won't fit it all in :) This is...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    4 out of 5 stars

    The last time I was at this Hard Rock was September of 2011 - two weeks after the attack on the Twin Towers in New York. I was flying to New York for the birth of my youngest niece, and had a 4 hour layover in Philadelphia. Having never been here before, I took a cab from the airport to the Hard Rock, where I had lunch, bought TONS of pins, and on...

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Philadelphia Nightlife

  • Warm Daddy's

    My daughter bought me a Warmdaddy's gift certificate for my birthday. They will not honor it; beyond me... I've called with no return call, emialed with no reply and went there and the manager disappeared! What a rip-off! Very poor management. Read other reviews, like on Trip Advisor and you'll see the pattern. Save your money and time!

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  • Monk's Cafe

    Monk's is famous for its amazing Beer Bible and one of the best beer selections this side of Brussels. The interior is small and narrow with both a front and back bar, both of which are usually full. The worst thing about this place is that it's usually difficult to find a place to sit or even stand, but there's a reason for the crowds. Great beer...

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  • South Street

    Ah South Street that once venerable strip of the offbeat and creative. Well if you are interested in being cast as an extra in the new Ludacris video or have an anthropology paper due on the mating habits of the Jersey cheeseball, South Street is the place for you. Go check out the mosaic garden for sure, but if you've got a mere day to spend in...

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Philadelphia Transportation

  • 30th Street Station

    In my previous review of 30th Street Station, I noted how to get from the main concourse to the Market-Frankford Subway Line, and to the Mega & the Bolt Bus Line. In this review I'll discuss parking and regional rail. Taxi service from the main concourse is found upon exiting at the 29th Street (east) side of the station. This area is also the...

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  • Philadelphia International Airport

    Philly Airport (PHL) is not ALL bad, but it is known to be frustrating. Here's what you need to know: If you are just passing through - allow for a roomy layover. Philly is notorious for delays, usually caused by our awesome weather (snow storms, freezing rain, thunderstorms…) or my favorite: "low ceilings". Same goes for any plans to fly out of...

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  • SEPTA

    You can catch a bus any where in this city. For schedual information call the numbers below or visit the web site. Septa rules this town. As always be careful of strangers here! This is a great way to get around town.

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Philadelphia Shopping

  • Franklin Mills Mall

    Named for Benjamin Franklin, the mall houses 200 stores. Franklin Mills, the Landmark of the Discount Shopper, offers bargain hunters top designer names at up to 60% off designer merchandise every day — with no sales tax on clothing in Pennsylvania (Just like in OREGON but in Oregon, even colognes, electronics, appliances, PS # and others HAVE NO...

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  • Reading Terminal Markets

    I love visiting local markets in most of the cities. So, I couldn’t miss Reading Terminal Market which is the most popular market in Philadelphia(The market stands there since 1893) and the ideal place to buy/try/eat cheese steaks, pretzels etc The colorful market was a great chance for us to eat, we found great tasty black bread at Metropolitan...

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  • The Shops at Liberty Place

    First, let me admit, that I'm not a big shopper and besides food in the food court, I've rarely purchased anything here. However, my sister tells me that one of the best jewelery shops in the city, Linde Meyer, is located here. I've walked around this mall and the highlights for me are the 90 foot glass atrium and the overall architecture of the...

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Philadelphia Local Customs

  • Philly Facts

    I know Philly has a bit of a rough-around-the edges, blue collar reputation, but as long as you're not an opposing team at a professional sporting event, the locals are really friendly! They don't call it the City of Brotherly Love for nothing!

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  • Cheese Steaks

    I know a lot has been written about the cheese steak. I read a lot of reviews before going and thought I knew what to expect, but there was one surprise. The steak actually tastes juicy and there isn't any apt comparison for what to expect. The only thing that it even came close to reminding me of was some of the British meat pies, but even...

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  • Mummers

    As part of the Society of Friends (aka "Quakers"), William Penn founded this city to be a beacon of tolerance, dignity, and thoughtfulness. Ben Franklin was enraptured by such a community, and tried to raise it up as a central place of learning, thrift, hard work, and moderation in all things. "High" society, epitomized by the Katharine Hepburn...

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Philadelphia Warnings and Dangers

  • North Philadelphia

    Let me tell you first hand North Philly is infested with trash. My husband and I transplanted here 2 years ago from Nyc and it was the worst mistake we have ever made. My husband and I are Puerto Rican, my kids are Puerto Rican and never in my life have I been more embarassed of my own people. Certain areas of North Philly is full of animals. They...

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  • Big City Survival Tactics

    Listen im from philadelphia 56th and Catherine to be exact ......aside from the apperances philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods not gangs...there are no gangs in philadelphia we despise them..we are a city of individuals who make up neighborhoods and take pride of the streets that we come from...To me its safer for someone out of town to move...

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  • Center City

    Be very careful in the center city area concerning parking in the evening. Many small parking lots in center city don't have attendants in the evening hours. They have automated machines that you have to deposit your money in or use a credit card. There have been many cases of FAKE attendants (usually homeless) showing up in front of these lots...

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Philadelphia Tourist Traps

  • Liberty Bell

    Many people call the Liberty Bell a tourist trap, but I cannot help but think it is because of the time spent waiting in line. After all, there is no charge for visiting the Liberty Bell. We visited the Liberty Bell in late September: perhaps it was the time of year, but there was no line, and we were in and out of the Liberty Bell Center in less...

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  • Independence Hall

    What we now refer to as "Independence Hall" was originally the Pennsylvania State House. This building held important political meetings including the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the creation of the Consitution. Tours are offered and they are free. I certainly recommend everyone check it out even though it is a bit of a tourist...

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  • South Street

    South St started out as an area populated many new immigrants, evolved into a hippie mecca in the 60's then a punk rock haven in the 70's-80's, now it's just an open air mall/meat market on weekend nights. If you like to stroll down the sidewalk at a snails pace and holler out to the hot mammas, well then, this is the street for you. This street...

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Philadelphia What to Pack

  • Packing Lists

    Comfortable walking shoes. It's best to explore this great old town on foot. Wide angle is great for shots of buildings but a zoom is fun for sneaky people shots. Thanks to D for getting me to explore my old home town more closely.

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  • Maps!

    Philadelphia sits at the Southeastern end of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia County. It's the largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 1,492,231 as of 2002 and the fifth largest city in the United States. Philadelphia was the second capital of the U.S. in the 18th century.

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  • one photogenic city

    Comfortable walking shoes. It's best to explore this great old town on foot. Wide angle is great for shots of buildings but a zoom is fun for sneaky people shots. Thanks to D for getting me to explore my old home town more closely.

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Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

  • Pennypack Park

    Many historic structures are still intact throughout Pennypack Park. In 1697, the Pennypack Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges still in use in the United States, was built on King's Highway, now known as Frankford Avenue. The Pennypack Baptist Church, another of the Park's historic sites, was built in 1688. The Verree House on Verree Road...

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    The Eastern State Penitentiary was a place I'd driven by 50 or so times as I have friends that live nearby, but I had never taken the time to make a proper visit till this spring, and am very glad I did. Opened in 1829, it's the first ever penitentiary and best known as the birth place of solitary confinement. It was believed that people are...

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  • Longwood Gardens

    One of the world's premier destinations for horticulturists and non-gardeners alike, it encompasses 20 outdoor gardens, 20 indoor gardens, four acres of heated greenhouses and 11,000 different types of plants. Longwood Gardens is open every day of the year and attracts more than 900,000 visitors annually, and displays change seasonally. Be prepared...

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Philadelphia Sports & Outdoors

  • Phillies Baseball

    After being the laughing stock of the National League for decades, after performing one of the most infamous collapses in baseball history (don't say '1964' to a Phillies fan), after winning fewer championships than the Chicago Cubs in their first 120 years; the Phillies are now HOT. If you are in town at the same time they are hosting another...

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  • Eagles

    68,000-seat Lincoln Financial Field is home to the NFL's Eagles. The stadium opened in 2003 and it sits right alongside Interstate-95 a few miles south of Philadelphia near the airport. The stadium was built to replace old Veterans Stadium, which had been home to the Phillies and the Eagles. Other big events in the stadium include the annual...

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  • Flyers

    The Wachovia Center was formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center. The arena was built in 1996 and is home to the NHL's Flyers and the NBA's 76ers. The Wachovia Center is located right alongside I-95 several miles south of the city and near the airport, alongside Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park. The arena has...

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Philadelphia Favorites

  • City Views

    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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  • Philly Facts

    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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  • Independence Hall

    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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