8. Jasmine in Toronto, Canada writes ...
I definitely recommend visiting Philadelphia. I stayed at the Wyndham located in the 'Old City' right at 4th Street & Arch Street. This location was very safe for travellers (female or male alike). The hotel is situated within walking distance to Penn's Landing, Jewish Museum, The Visitor's Centre, The Bourse Shopping Concourse and many other historical places. I was also able to walk to the rest of the downtown core from my hotel i.e. to Walnut Street for lots of high end shops.
9. Thelma in Hamburg, Germany writes ...
From my personal experience, I would like to add that the best hotel deal in Philadelphia is the 3-star Alexander Inn - old world European style, very central location and good prices. The rooms are pretty and the hotel staff is extremely friendly and ... they serve free snacks in the lobby all day. Website: www.alexanderinn.com
10. Sarah in Minneapolis, USA writes ...
If you are looking for a cheap but centrally located place to stay I would recommend Apple Hostel. It's only four blocks from Independence Hall and there was a wide range of ages staying there (not just young people). If you're interested in visiting Independence Hall (and you really should visit it if you’re going to Philadelphia) I would suggest getting the tickets in advance. It only costs $1.50 to reserve tickets and often in the summer even though they are free, the tickets sell out in advance. If you only have a limited amount of sightseeing time it's definitely worth paying the small fee. And in addition to the free sites around Independence Hall, the U.S. Mint is across the street, it's also free and has beautiful Tiffany mosaics on the ground level (before you take a tour of the processing plant).
11.Sara in Lansing, USA writes ...
Interested in visiting the Philadelphia Mint? Be prepared. Remember to bring your ID (Drivers license, etc.) on the day of. From the U.S. Mint's site: 'Adults will be asked to provide government-issued photo identification for security purposes. If the Department of Homeland Security level is elevated to CODE ORANGE, the United States Mint at Philadelphia will be CLOSED to the public unless otherwise noted. The United States Mint reserves the right to deny access to anyone at any time; in addition, members of the general public wishing to tour the facility may be subject to search by the United States Mint Police.'
12. Kay in Paddington, Australia writes ...
I spent a month in Philadelphia working. I frequently felt like eating in, not in restaurants and definitely not 'fast food'! A visit to di Bruno Brothers at 1730 Chestnut usually solved my dilemma - they offer a lovely range of healthy preprepared foods. A different but healthy selection was also available at the Wholefoods Market. P.S. Check out their gluten-free selection of baked goods for dessert.
13. Diane in Philadelphia, USA writes ...
For those Journey Women into history and historic buildings, I suggest a visit to the Eastern State Penitentiary. This huge prison building opened in 1829 and soon became the most famous prison in the world, and one of the first to focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment. Al Capone and Willie Sutton are among the most famous prisoners. Wonderful photo ops of the structure and yards. In person and audio tours. Installations by local artists. Even available for weddings and corporate events! www.easternstate.org
14. Sara in Lansing, USA writes ...
I suggest these day trips from Philly. Use Septa (regional rail) to get out of the city. Doylestown, 27 miles N. of the city is a vibrant little town with lots of boutique shops and some neat smaller museums. Longwood Gardens is a world-renowned botanical garden. Enjoy.
15. Susan in Philadelphia writes ...
In my opinion the best brunch in Philadelphia is undoubtedly at The Sidecar Bar & Grill. It's located at the corner of 22nd and Christian Street. They offer a different homemade bread every week which we always consider 'a must have' and they serve the BEST Bloody Marys in Philly. Staff is friendly. Go early. This is not a tourist hang out it's the real deal so many locals frequent this laid-back 'hipster' place. All ages, cultures, everybody goes. Even dogs are welcome (at tables outside of course). If you go at prime time be prepared to be patient but it's worth the wait. It's a nice walk from Rittenhouse Square but worth every step, or ... jump into a cab. Website: www.thesidecarbar.com
Did you know?
The Rodin Museum opened to the public in 1929 and showcases 124 sculptures. The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia has the odd distinction of being the only museum in the world in which a firearm was discharged during a robbery. In 1988 a thief attempted to make off with the famous bronze bust "Man with a Broken Nose". A security guard at the museum shot the man once in the hindquarters, but the perpetrator still managed to hail a taxi and escape. Police issued a reward notice, the thief was promptly "busted", and the bust was recovered intact.
Did you know?
Save money when transferring from the airport to downtown Philly -- writes Pat in Vacaville, USA -- Here's a money saving tip for other members of the Journeywoman Network. I discovered recently that you can take the train to downtown Philly directly from the airport. The train station entrance is in the United terminal. Of course, I found that out AFTER I paid $50+ for a taxi to downtown. The return trip was less than $10. HUGE difference! Take yourself out for a nice dinner for the money you save.