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Philadelphia visit- need hotel, transportation, and dining advice

1. affordable hotels 

2. cheap transport to sight see 

3. top 5 places to eat and visit

3 Answers

answered by
Brian from Philadelphia

Hotel Tonight is a great app that gets you dirt cheap fares for last minute bookings, and you can stay at fantastic hotels right in the heart of the city, especially near Rittenhouse Square

It's such a walkable city, only 2 miles from river to river, but the Septa lines are great to if you're looking to get somewhere quickly.

1. Walk along Kelly Dr and Boathouse Row towards the Art Museum.

2. Walk along the Ben Franklin Parkway to check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art and City Hall even if just from the outside.

3. Rittenhouse Square. Beautiful part of the city buzzing with people and tons of amazing food. The DandelionParca.kitchenJoe Coffee and shopping all over.

4. Independence National Historical Park for the history. Sneak up to Stratus Rooftop Lounge for a cocktail.

5. Old City to walk around and eat/shop. Elfreth's AlleyThe Franklin FountainPanoramaHan Dynasty, AmadaCapofittoKhyber Pass PubZahav. Swing by Spruce Street Harbor Park

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Rittenhouse Square (attraction)
  2. Kelly Dr (attraction)
  3. Boathouse Row (attraction)
  4. Philadelphia Museum of Art (attraction)
  5. The Dandelion (restaurant)
  6. Parc (restaurant)
  7. (restaurant)
  8. Joe Coffee (restaurant)
  9. Independence National Historical Park (attraction)
  10. Stratus Rooftop Lounge (attraction)
  11. Elfreth's Alley (attraction)
  12. The Franklin Fountain (attraction)
  13. Panorama (restaurant)
  14. Han Dynasty (restaurant)
  15. Amada (attraction)
  16. Capofitto (restaurant)
  17. Khyber Pass Pub (restaurant)
  18. Zahav (restaurant)
  19. Spruce Street Harbor Park (attraction)
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answered by
amy from New York City

I really love the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District in Old City. Perfect location and easy walking distance to Center City, Rittenhouse Square, Reading Terminal Market, and the best cheesesteaks (Jim's Steaks) on South Street. For a more affordable option, you can also check out the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel. Not as centrally located, but still an easy walk to Center City.
Philly is super walkable, but you can also catch any of the local buses, metros and trolley's to get you where you need to go. I've never had to use those hop-on, hop-off buses, but there are plenty of those as well.
Favorite places to eat (other than cheesesteaks) are El Vez (for great mexican, especially the goat cheese guacamole), The Plough & the Stars (for breakfast), and Amada (for amazing tapas.. get the shortrib flatbread !)
And while you're in town, try to catch a show at Theatre of The Living ArtsUnion Transfer, or The Mann Center ! Hope you enjoy your trip :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District (hotel)
  2. Rittenhouse Square (attraction)
  3. Reading Terminal Market (restaurant)
  4. Jim's Steaks (restaurant)
  5. Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel (hotel)
  6. El Vez (restaurant)
  7. The Plough & the Stars (restaurant)
  8. Amada (attraction)
  9. Theatre of The Living Arts (attraction)
  10. Union Transfer (restaurant)
  11. The Mann Center (attraction)
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answered first by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

You can get around the great Philly are using SEPTA, the local subway system.  It will be your cheapest and most reliable form of transport.  For cheap eats, head into Reading Terminal Market-with plenty of options to grab and go-or sit in the communal area and dine.  With options from cajun to sandwiches to Greek and ice cream, you can find something for everyone.  Our favorite is the beef sandwich with peppers at Di Nic's.

Top tourist things:  grab a ticket early (purchase in advance) for Independence Hall and the The Liberty Bell.  Wander around the cemetery where Ben Franklin is buried-Christ Church Burial Ground.  And don't miss the Eastern State Penitentiary-it is a pretty cool tour, and has some creepiness too!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Reading Terminal Market (restaurant)
  2. Di Nic's (attraction)
  3. Independence Hall (attraction)
  4. The Liberty Bell (attraction)
  5. Christ Church Burial Ground (attraction)
  6. Eastern State Penitentiary (attraction)
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