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Who's been to Philadelphia?

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1. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I was just wondering if any of you out there have ever visited Philadelphia? If so, as a tourist or on business?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 11y

As a tourist - just two days to see Happy Rhodes play in the Tin Angel, and to hang out with friends from that part of the USA. Awesome city. I love the broad lanes and trees and endless variety of little restaurants and cafes (and near total lack of fastfood places!), the entire museum district, and the really awesome used bookstores. Could definitely see myself living there for a year someday, just to sniff up the extreme amount of good independent music that seems to come through there. (Hell, I could see myself take up a permanent residence in the Tin Angel, and never be bored or want to leave!)

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Overnight on business...got in at almost midnight, worked the entire next day until almost 11pm, and flew out at 6am the next morning...I saw absolutly NOTHING! :( We even had lunch and dinner delivered...come to think of it...I don't think I was ever outside there when the sun was up!

I was thinking of going to visit a friend in Jersey later this year. Her daughter lives in Philly so we were going to take a skip over...have an recommendations?

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

I was thinking of going to visit a friend in Jersey later this year. Her daughter lives in Philly so we were going to take a skip over...have an recommendations?

You could see a lot of cool stuff in just a day. In just a small area you can see: the Liberty Bell, Independence hall, Betsy Ross' House, the place Thomas Jefferson wrote the Decl. of Indep., Ben Franklin's grave, where Frankin lived for a while, Christ Church (where the founding father's went to church, the pews are labeled with who sat where), and a few other interesting places.

The art museuem area is also really cool, it's where "Rocky" ran up the steps. Also nearby (maybe 35 minutes drive and very near to the Giant King of Prussia Mall) is Valley Forge Park (where Washington hung out for the cold Winter, lots of deer there and log cabins, etc.).

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I have been to Philadelphia twice. Both times on business, just for a couple days each time. I did not like it. And then later, a girl I was dating went to work in Philadelphia and then dumped me.

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

You could see a lot of cool stuff in just a day. In just a small area you can see: the Liberty Bell, Independence hall, Betsy Ross' House, the place Thomas Jefferson wrote the Decl. of Indep., Ben Franklin's grave, where Frankin lived for a while, Christ Church (where the founding father's went to church, the pews are labeled with who sat where), and a few other interesting places.

The art museuem area is also really cool, it's where "Rocky" ran up the steps. Also nearby (maybe 35 minutes drive and very near to the Giant King of Prussia Mall) is Valley Forge Park (where Washington hung out for the cold Winter, lots of deer there and log cabins, etc.).

Thanks! Sounds like a plan;)

7. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 11y

Another cool spot in Philly is (I always forget the name) a small section close to down town that still has the buildings and streets that were there 200ish years ago with little signs out front as to what type of establishment they were... Most are now apartments that people just kind of leave open when they are home and let you wander in.... Or at least they were the day I was wandering around town.

I am sure some of the Philly experts out there know the name of this section of town about a ten or twenty minute walk from the gallery mall.

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Also, at night, South Street is a FUN street to eat, drink & people watch. You may see a few strange people, but that's the fun part :) .

9. Posted by lisay (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

I live on the out skirts of the city. Grew up in the suburbs. Can tell ya anything you need to know. Just probably not places to stay since I have an apartment, however places to eat, bars, clubs, attractions, sections of the city. Somebody mention a really old part of the city....easy enough I think they were refering to Old City. South Street is also entertaining...got to get a cheese steak at Jims! Art Museum is amazing...if are going to be here soon there is an awesome Dali exhibit going on until the end of May. I loved it. Philly also has an awesome park system Fairmount Park. It is one of the largest city parks in the country. Find your way to Forrbidden Drive and take a long walk. Also great hiking/biking trails....people ride horses there too. You feel like you're no where near the city. Just Note: Not a place to be after dark alone. You can rent a bike somewhere there is also a trail that goes from Center City/Art Museum along the Schuykill River through a bunch of towns all the way out to Valley Forge. I think it is about 20-30 miles. Can stop in Manayunk a section of the city up river from downtown with a Main Street with shops, restuarants, bars, etc. Good for an afternoon or an evening if you have time.

Tell me what your tastes and spending preferences are and I can give a run down places to eat and drink.