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Slow Travel Google Map: USA, PA, Philadelphia

Author: Teaberry
Notes: October 2006: Map of the Philadelphia area. See Terry's Philadelphia Travel Guide and Philadelphia Photos.

Accommodations

4 Seasons

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Best Western

at Independence Park

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Courtyard Marriott

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Doubletree Hotel

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Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn Convention Center

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Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing

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Latham Hotel

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Loew's Hotel

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Omni Independence Park (SV)

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Philadelphia Marriott

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Rittenhouse 1715

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Rittenhouse Hotel

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Ritz-Carlton

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Society Hill Sheraton

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Sofitel Hotel

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Westin Hotel

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Historical Buildings

Betsy Ross House (SV)

No visit to Philadelphia would be complete without stopping to see the Betsy Ross house, home of the American flag.

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City Hall (SV)

The seat of the city's government and an architecturally splendid building, with a Victorian flair influenced by the Louvre and Palais de Tuileries in Paris. There are over 250 relief and free-standing sculptures throughout the structure, the most famous being William Penn, standing 37 feet tall on top of the City Hall Tower.

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Elfreth's Alley (SV)

Our nation's oldest residential street, in the Olde City neighborhood, with over 30 homes dating back to before the American Revolution. It's a neat little street in a neat neighborhood.

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Independence Hall (SV)

Constructed by 1756, here is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, the flag was designed, and the US Constitution was drafted.

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Churches

Old Christ Church (SV)

Founded in 1695, a beautiful colonial place of worship for many colonial leaders, including Ben Franklin

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St Peter & Paul Basilica (SV)

One of Philadelphia's most beautiful churches

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Restaurants/Cafes

Alma de Cuba

Enlightened Cuban cuisine.

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Audrey Clare

Casual and sophisticated BYOB, with an open kitchen, cozy dining, innovative food

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Barclay Prime

Great steakhouse on Rittenhouse Square

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Bistro Romano

Italian, great atmosphere in a restored granary. Food is delicious

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Buddakan

Eclectic Asian fusion cuisine - excellent. One of Philly's top restaurants, dine with the giant Buddha.

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Capogiro

Gelato and sorbetto artisans. Best this side of the Atlantic.

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Deux Cheminees

High-end, French, memorable

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El Vez

Best Mexican in Philly

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Fountain Restaurant (SV)

At the Four Seasons Hotel. Perfect restaurant for special occasions. 5 star, Zagat-rated. Romantic; fine cuisine.

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Friday,Saturday,&Sunday

Splendid classy food in a romantic non-formal setting.

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Horizons Cafe

Philly's highly-acclaimed vegetarian/vegan restaurant

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Jim's Steaks

While on South Street, don't miss the chance to eat an authentic Philly steak sandwich. You'll smell it from the street. MMMMMM

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LaCroix at Rittenhouse

Another fine, high-end French dining experience. Don't miss the Sunday brunch

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Le Bec Fin

Internationally renowned 5-star restaurant of Georges Perrier. High-end and indulgent, from start to finish. Prix fixe. Philadelphia's jewel.

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Morimoto

Japanese hotspot. Food - great

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Moshulu (SV)

Eat on the tall ship. Nice seafood. Fun.

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Naked Chocolate Cafe

Pimp my dessert!!

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Pod

Unforgettable pan-Asian dining "experience" in University City section of Philly. Great food.

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Soft Pretzel Factory

A trip to Philadelphia is not complete without eating a freshly baked soft pretzel.

Standard Tap

Great beer and bar food.

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Striped Bass

In a refurbished bank, seafood done right. Great Sunday brunch

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The Astral Plane

Romantic, cozy, delicious, affordable

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Vetri

Outstanding, world-class Italian. Small - make reservations

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White Dog Cafe

Great restaurant with a social conscience, on U of Penn campus, serving up wholesome contemporary cuisine. Cozy.

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Fountains

Logan Circle (SV)

Beautiful flower beds surround the Swann Memorial Fountain, where large reclining figures symbolize the city's three waterways - the Delaware, the Schuylkill, and the Wissahickon.

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Monuments

William Penn (SV)

William Penn stands 37 feet tall on top of City Hall Tower, overlooking the city. You can go to the top of the tower (just under Willie) and get some excellent views of the city.

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Museums

Art Museum (SV)

One of the largest art museums in the country, housing over 225,000 pieces of art

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Franklin Institute (SV)

One of the city's science museums, including an IMAX theater and a Planetarium. Don't miss walking through the giant heart, and the Franklin Memorial.

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Mutter Museum

Truly one-of-a-kind museum displaying medical anomalies (ie - freaks of nature) and historical medical instruments. Not for the faint of heart.

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Rodin Museum (SV)

The largest collection of Rodin's work outside Paris, housed in a beautiful structure and setting.

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Parks

Independence Park (SV)

The only US National Park in a city, it includes the Liberty Bell, the First and Second Banks of the US, and Franklin Court, home of Benjamin Franklin

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Kelly Drive (SV)

Extending from the Art Museum to the Twin Bridges, an extremely scenic and popular stretch of road, paralleling the Schuylkill River, with trails enjoyed by walkers, joggers, rowers, fishers. Fairmont Park abuts Center City here.

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Public Services

Visitor Center

For Independence Hall National Park, and the entire Historic district

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Shops

Macy's (SV)

What is now Macy's was once Wanamaker's, the grand dame of department stores. You just don't see moldings, ceilings, and decor on this grand of a scale anymore. The world's largest pipe organ still offers daily concerts at noon. Check it out in the grand atrium, next to the 2.5 ton eagle.

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Reading Terminal Market (SV)

Philly's historic farmer's market, offering fresh produce, ethnic eateries, ceramics, baked goods, a shopping bazaar.

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Sights

Academy of Music (SV)

Oldest grand opera house in the US (since 1857). Rich decor, an opulent interior, it is home to Philly's Opera Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, and major Broadway productions.

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Chinatown (SV)

Home to 10,000 Asian-Americans and the Friendship Gate; an abundance of restaurants, shops, and oriental merchandise. Bustling.

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Kimmel Center (SV)

Brand spanking new performing arts center, state-of-the-art acoustics, the interior of the concert hall is shaped like a stringed instrument. Great place to hear a concert.

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Philadelphia Zoo

A great way to spend the afternoon. You can get there on the Philly Phlash (the hop-on/hop-off bus)

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South Street (SV)

A funky, punked-out shopping/eatery district. Stroll around between Front St and 7th St.

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The Clothespin (SV)

the 45 foot tribute to the American housewife, erected in 1976.

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Squares

Love Park (SV)

Great plaza, with the famous LOVE sculpture, fountain backdrop. Visitor's Center located here also. Nice vantage points of center city.

Rittenhouse Square (SV)

A graceful and shady oasis in a fashionable and prestigious district, the square is one of 5 originally planned by William Penn in colonial times.

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Washington Square (SV)

Another of the 5 original squares planned by William Penn, an urban oasis with diagonal and circular walking designs, and a colonial tribute

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Transportation

30th Street Station (SV)

Local and regional rail lines - SEPTA and Amtrak.

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Market Street East (SV)

The Market Street East SEPTA train stop leaves you off at the Philadelphia Convention Center, with proximity to the Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown, too.

Philly Phlash (SV)

Philly's hop-on/hop-off purple trolley, traversing the major visitor sites, along Market Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway.

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Suburban Station (SV)

Connects to all regional rail lines, also underground passageways to the Broad Street subway amd Market St El.

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