Philadelphia Journals

Historic Philadelphia

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An August 2007 trip to Philadelphia by RoBoNC

Liberty Bell Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: Take a walk into history with sights such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and grab a cheese steak if you get hungry.

Historic Philadelphia

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Overview

Independence Hall Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, known as the city of Brotherly Love, is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Delaware River divides Philadelphia from Camden, New Jersey. The biggest tourist attraction is Independence Historical Park. There are over twenty sites within the boundaries of the park to include Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. All sites within the park do not require admission; however, timed tickets are required for Independence Hall. Also located in the park is Old Christ Church where Benjamin Franklin is buried. Adjacent to the park is the National Constitution Center that offers interactive programs and exhibits to help learn about the Constitution and American government. Across the street i...Read More
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If you are looking for a place to stay while visiting Independence National Historic Park, look no further than the Best Western Independence Park Hotel. The hotel is located on Chestnut Street a few blocks from the Independence Visitor Center making it a short walk to most of Philadelphia’s tourist attractions. This hotel is unlike any of the other hotels that you may be accustomed to from the Best Western chain. The hotel combines old style architecture with modern amenities, which led the hotel to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are 38 rooms that include one suite situated on five floors. The guest rooms are spacious with a 27-inch color television, phone, ironi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2007

Best Western Independence Park Hotel
235 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
(215) 922-4443

Pat's King of Steaks

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Restaurant | "Geno's or Pat's - You Decide?"

Pat's King of Steaks Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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After a long day exploring the sights of Philadelphia, it was now time to satisfy my hunger. I was craving a Philly Cheesesteak so I went off in search for the best in town. The locals directed me to two places, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s. Located in South Philly at the intersection of Passyunk and 9th street near the famous Italian Market, these two restaurants make up the Mecca of Cheesesteaks. Pat’s King of Steaks was formed in 1930 by Pat Olivieri and is still family run to this day. They claim to have invented the cheesesteak. As I got in line to place my order, I could smell the onions and peppers and hear the sizzling of thin slices of steak. While observing others order their ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2007

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

Independence National Historical Park

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Attraction

Liberty Bell Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Independence National Historic Park is 45 acres of numerous historical sites situated in downtown Philadelphia. The sites preserve the history when this country’s forefathers created the Constitution and signed the Declaration of Independence. Independence Park is operated by the National Park Service and in 1979 was designated a World Heritage Site. A visit to the park will begin at the Independence Visitor Center where you can begin your orientation to the many different sites. There are films to educate anyone about the beginnings of the nation and the Revolutionary War. Maps are available as well as park rangers to provide one on one advice on what to do and where to go. There is no ad...Read More

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Independence National Historical Park
City Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eastern State Penitentiary

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Attraction

Eastern State Penitentiary Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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If Alcatraz is synonymous with San Francisco then the same can be said about Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Eastern State opened in 1829 and is considered to be the world’s first penitentiary. Their system of incarceration included solitary confinement which many believed to have contributed to the prisoner’s mental illness. The prison was closed in 1971 and the city of Philadelphia eventually purchased the property. In 1988, redevelopment was halted and in 1994, the prison opened its doors to the public for tours. Tours are offered April through November from 10am to 5pm. Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $4 for children seven to twelve. Children under seven cannot be admitted ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2007

Eastern State Penitentiary
22nd & Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130
(215) 236-3300