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Old 07-31-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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Okay, after reading your suggestions and also doing some on-line research, this is the itinerary I came up with. Let me know what you think...

MORNING

Stop at Independence Hall Visitor's Center EARLY and get tickets for Independence Hall and Liberty Bell

Independence Hall
Liberty Bell
Congress Hall
Franklin Court

Hop on the El heading West...get off at 11th & Market
LUNCH AT READING TERMINAL MARKET

Hop back on the El heading East. Get off at 2nd Street

AFTERNOON

Christ's Church
Christ's Church Burial Ground
Elfreth's Alley
Betsy Ross House

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Most of these sites are free or VERY cheap, so I don't think we'll splurge on the city pass this time.

I like the idea of City Tavern, but we're on something of a budget and I know it's a bit pricey. I think the Reading Market should be an interesting Philadelphia dining experience.
Sounds like a solid itinerary. Elfreth's Alley is neat, and lunch (or at least a trip to) Reading Terminal is a must.

We always skip the Betsy Ross House tour (it's not the 'real' Betsy Ross house, it's a re-creation.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:26 AM
 
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Sounds like a solid itinerary. Elfreth's Alley is neat, and lunch (or at least a trip to) Reading Terminal is a must.

We always skip the Betsy Ross House tour (it's not the 'real' Betsy Ross house, it's a re-creation.
What happened to the "real" Betsy house? Did it burn down? I'll have to research into this more.

Yes, I just LOVE Elfreth's Alley. What a cool street...it's like stepping out of a time machine and going back into history.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:30 AM
 
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What happened to the "real" Betsy house? Did it burn down? I'll have to research into this more.

Yes, I just LOVE Elfreth's Alley. What a cool street...it's like stepping out of a time machine and going back into history.
not sure what happened to her "real" house -- this house is a re-creation based on pictures and stuff.

depending on your guests, they might enjoy the Eastern State Pen. I took a friend there and 1) it's not scary 2) it's pretty interesting to learn the history.
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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The Betsy Ross House site is an old house built in the 1700's. I took the tour a few years ago and asked the docent if it was the real deal. She told me that some historians think that Betsy Ross home was a couple of doors down, long ago razed. Betsy Ross House on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8430189@N06/3437133375/ - broken link)

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
This has a printable map, though you can probably get some at the Visitor's Center.

Phlash :: gophila.com - The Official Visitor Site for Greater Philadelphia It's a cheap hop on/hop off.
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:40 AM
 
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Thank you!!!
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:19 PM
 
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When everything is over and done, let us know how it went. What did they enjoy; what were the favorites? What didn't go over very well - not great, too crowded?
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:27 AM
 
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Will do.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:50 AM
 
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For future reference in case you already went, if you want to trek back again, here's some more suggestions if you're going for a history buff tour:

There's some space within walking distance from Elfreth's Alley with what was a fancy toilet for Ben Franklin at the time.
I would also suggest visiting a few historic houses (Fairmount Park Houses), Laurel Hill Cemetery, and pick some non-mainstream museums if you want to get a rich sense of history.
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Old 08-04-2009, 04:48 AM
 
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Thanks, Chessimprov.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:56 AM
 
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Quite an itinerary
Plan to show them some history or kill them with a cultural marathon.
You will need to move to fast to get anything out of the trip other than blisters.
If it is in August the heat will be difficult.
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