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Philadelphia

A July 2005 trip to Philadelphia by tracyre2

Quote: Philadelphia is a glorious city - and now one of my favorites. It is truly a walking city. We stayed in the Old City/Society Hill area and walked everywhere to see as much as we wanted to see.

Society Hill Hotel

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Hotel

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This bed-and-breakfast is the oldest in Philadelphia. The building needs a little upkeep, but the manager told us that the new owners were in the process of renovations. Decorations are pleasant and soothing: pale-blue walls, large windows with sheers and striped valances, coordinating bedcovers, tablecloths, and shower curtains. This hotel, above everything, offers charm and character. The building sits at the corner of Chestnut and 3rd streets, across the street from a large park. At times, the traffic is noisy, but the location cannot be beat – 2 blocks from the Liberty Bell, 4 blocks to the Independence Visitor’s Center, 1/2 a block to Franklin Court, 4 blocks to Penn's Landing at the Delawa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2005

Society Hill Hotel
301 CHESTNUT STREET
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
215-925-1919

Jim's Steaks

Restaurant

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Standing in line at Jim's was an experience in itself. The line started outside and took approximately 45 minutes (at 4:30pm!). As we were standing in line, we viewed the hundreds of celebrity photos and comments on Jim's walls, and we watched the employees make hundreds of sandwiches in an efficient and fun manner!

The food was fresh, hot, and fast once we placed the order. Heading upstairs to the seating, we were able to view hundreds more of the celebrity photos and overlook the corner traffic.

After trying all three "major" steak places (Jim's, Geno's, and Pat's), Jim's is my first choice for atmosphere/experience and second place for the sandwich.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2005

Jim's Steaks
400 South Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 928-1911

Geno's Steaks

Restaurant

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Geno's is one of the top-three Philly cheesesteak places. The ordering was quick and easy, as there was not much of a line, even just before noon.

After trying the three top - Geno's, Jim's, and Pat's - Geno's is my third choice for the sandwich (their meat had a unique flavor compared to the others - is it onion powder?) and first choice for the colorful outside decor!

I recommend it for the experience.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2005

Geno's Steaks
1219 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 389-0659

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After trying the three top locations for Philly cheesesteaks (Pat's, Geno's, and Jim's), our favorite is Pat's! The sandwich was tender, flavorful, and we wanted to take a truckload home with us!

Pat's was actually the third place we tried, and we expected we'd be tired of cheesesteaks by that time, but the flavor was definitely the best, especially with the Cheez Whiz!

The ordering process was fun and easy - no line, even around noon.

We will definitely go back (I only wish it could be sooner, rather than later!).

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2005

Pat's King of Steaks
1237 East Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 468 1546

Independence National Historical Park

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Attraction | "Indepence National Park"

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Independence National Park is an educational place to visit. It is easy to see all areas by walking. Visitors should make their first stop at the visitor center, where they can pick up free timed tickets to view Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Since the terrorist attack on September 11th, the security around the park is ever-present, but does not detract from the experience. To view the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, visitors are now required to go through security, including a metal detector and emptying/x-raying of pockets, bags, etc. The rangers are knowledgeable and excited about the park and its history. They are open for questions and can answer almost any one posed...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2005

Independence National Historical Park
City Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania