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Old 12-16-2007, 06:09 PM
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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My wife and I live in Boston and we'll be taking a 2-day trip during the week of Christmas. We've heard Philadelphia is like an under-rated version of Boston. We have never been there before, so we'd just like to do a few of the touristy things and see some historic sites. We'll be driving, but we plan to leave the car at the hotel and walk/take the train. What's a good neighborhood to stay within walking distance or train of everything (about $150-200/night)? Is there anything that's a "must-see" during the winter time? Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:40 PM
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I don't know about hotel rates, but if you stay in or near Old City, the historic district, that would be ideal. But staying anywhere in Center City will put you within walking distance of things in general.

If you take Independence Hall as the centerpiece of the historic district, this map gives you an idea of where to look, if you want to be very close to that:


But there are hotels throughout Center City, and staying near the Convention Center, or staying on the Parkway, or near Rittenhouse Square, would all also be convenient choices.

Search the archives for the Philadelphia forum for suggestions on places to visit. I don't have any special suggestions for winter, except maybe the Christmas light show in what used to me Wanamaker's. It's not that big a deal, and mostly meant for kids, but it has nostalgic associations for many of us who live in the area. Also, the store always looks nice at Christmas, regardless of which chain currently owns it:


You can also search for tourist recommendations on this board: www.phillyblog.com/philly (broken link)

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Old 12-16-2007, 06:45 PM
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Stay in center city. www.gophila.com is a great website.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:49 PM
Location: Pennsylvania
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Eat lunch at the Reading Terminal Market. If you are museum fans, there are tons of them. The Art Museum, Franklin Institute (science) and Academy of Natural Sciences are the big ones that could take the better part of the day, but there are some smaller ones worth a visit too - PA Academy of Fine Arts, the Rodin Museum, the Liberty Museum, the Seaport Museum, and across the river in Camden are the Aquarium and battleship. For history, the area around Independence Hall/Liberty Bell is a good start. Elfreth's Alley is the oldest inhabited street in America (I think). The National Constitution Center is right there, though I've yet to go there so I'll reserve comment. All these places are within Center City (except for the Camden spots - not sure if they run the ferry in the winter. For an area with a university vibe, the area around UPenn is a short distance away.

There are tons of dining choices - do yourselves a favor and stay away from the chains. There are plenty of great local places. And you'll find the best pub atmosphere (imo) at Fergie's - great place for a pint.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:27 PM
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I've stayed at the Omni in the historical section. Wonderful location. We could walk to Independence Hall or hop a trolley to the shopping area and the Reading Terminal Market. We used priceline and just looked for a five star (hmmm, or was it a four star??) hotel only in downtown area. I was just thinking of taking my son down while he's home on break. He's already saying there's nothing to do here.....
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