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24 Hours in Philadelphia

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A November 2007 trip to Philadelphia by CHIBulldog09

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Quote: Covering the twenty four hours of my first trip to historical Philadelphia.

24 Hours in Philadelphia

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Overview

Independence Hall Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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First and foremost, a trip to Philadelphia is not complete without checking out the historical areas:- Independence Hall (Free, but requires tickets)- The Liberty Bell (Free)- The National Constitution Center (NOT free)These are all in the Old Town area of downtown Philadelphia and are all close together. You should plan on spending at least half a day checking out all of the interesting historical sites, also including Franklin's Home, Congress Hall, the Second Bank of the United States, and more.After that, check out the museums in town:- The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is where the famous Rocky steps are- The Franklin Museum, which is Phi...Read More
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The Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel is located in the nice Rittenhouse Square area of downtown Philadelphia, about two blocks from the main Market Street, and easily accessible from 17th and Locust streets. We stayed there for two nights in a double room on a Priceline stay that cost about $80 a night.The hotel looks very impressive from both the outside and the lobby, with a very old-school, elite English feeling to it. It apparently was very recently renovated, and it shows. Our room was fairly spacious and warm-colored, with two double beds, a desk, and decent sized bathroom. The view from our ninth floor room (looking towards the back) was of other buildings, so nothing too impressive. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel Philadelphia
1701 LOCUST STREET
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
215-735-6000

Philly's Gourmet Cafe

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Restaurant

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Philly's Gourmet Cafe is a cafeteria-style food joint located in The Bourse at Independence Mall commercial complex. Philly's Gourmet Cafe is not going to impress you with its ambiance -- it is a cafeteria in the truest sense of the word -- but it serves the very useful role of providing a place for cheap quality food.The cafeteria is located literally across the street from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, in the general area of almost all of the historical sites in downtown Philadelphia. It was recommended to us by the Visitor's Center as a place to get a good, quick, quality breakfast that didn't cost too much. It is right inside The Bourse center, located on the first floor right ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Philly's Gourmet Cafe
111 S Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(215) 923-4397

Continental Mid-Town

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Restaurant | "Continental Midtown"

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The Continental Midtown is a stylish restaurant in the Rittenhouse area of Philadelphia serving Asian-fusion style food for moderate prices. We throughly enjoyed our Monday evening visit that ended up costing us about $70 for three people. The most striking aspect of the Continental is the decor and ambiance of the restaurant, which is clearly catering to a young, hip, and relaxed crowd. The restaurant is fairly dark with mood lighting. On the first floor, diner booths line the walls, with a recessed seating area in the middle. On the second floor you will find more seating, including neat hanging chairs that looked like they would be fun to sit in (unfortunately we did not get the chance t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Continental Mid-Town
1801 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
(215) 567-1800

Scoop DeVIlle

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Restaurant | "Scoop De Ville"

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Scoop DeVille is a wonderful little casual ice cream shop on Chestnut Street in the Rittenhouse area of downtown Philadelphia. In an age where Coldstones and Dairy Queens are a dime a dozen, it was nice to find a local ice cream shop. There motto is, "Life is Short... Eat Dessert First!"When you walk in, you immediately feel that this is a family-owned place, with lots of memorabilia and Philadelphia fanfare on the wall to keep you entertained. The menu for Scoop DeVille is hand written on an extremely large chalkboard, and boy is it a large menu.The shop, of course, specializes in ice cream and frozen yogurt. All the major ice cream flavors are represented, with a remarkable list ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Scoop DeVIlle
1734 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
(215) 988-9992

Steaks on South

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Restaurant

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We didn't intend on eating at Steaks on South -- we had planned on going to one of the more famous cheese steak locations in Philadelphia, but the lines there were just too long for us, so on the way back we ended up trying Steaks on South, a rather new cheese steak joint on South Street.Believe it or not, the cheese steaks they make are actually really good, and of a decent size. The plain old cheese steak I got came with fries, and came to around $10 or so all told. The restaurant also offers a whole menu of other options, so even if you are not in to the cheese steak, you'll be able to find something. Inside, they have both booth seating and bar style seating, and plenty of roo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Steaks on South
308 South Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 922-7880

Independence Hall

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Attraction

Independence Hall Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Known at the time as the Pennsylvania State House, and now known simply as Independence Hall, the building and surrounding national park in downtown Philadelphia offers a breathtaking and remarkable look back on the founding moments of our nation. It is amazing to consider what actually took place in Independence Hall -- both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated here, with many of our nation's founding fathers voicing their opinions and views that would ultimately lead to the legendary documents. Even the most casual of Americans should take a moment to go through the building -- it can be quick, and its hard to not be impressed.The building itself is ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Independence Hall
500 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
215/597-8974