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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2016
Best areas for tourists to stay in Philadelphia  (8 Answers)

We are a couple in our 40's looking at spend two nights in Philadelphia as part of a road trip in September.
Could anyone recommend the best parts of Philadelphia to stay for tourists? Also does anyone have any recommendation for hotels?

Many Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2015
Help for spanish speakers in Philly  (2 Answers)

Are there Any tours or recomendations for spanish speakers? Feeling kind of lost just speaking few words in english.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2015
Haven't seen my brother in 12 years...  (7 Answers)

Hi all,
My name is Natalia and I am from Brazil. I am currently living Kutztown but I have lived in Philadelphia and suburbs neighborhoods in Montgomery County. My brother and his wife are coming to visit and spend Christmas and New Years Eve with me. I would really love to know the "Must go Places" in Philadelphia I should take them. Any ideas and suggestions? Although I have been here all these years, school kept me away from exploring this great city.
Thank you !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 30, 2015
curio shop  (2 Answers)

There was a small oddity shop in Philly, it had 3 rooms that got stranger as you entered. I lost the address. Please does anyone know about it?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2015
Ending a journey early  (4 Answers)

My question is about a trip I have planned to Jacksonville (FL) from Madrid. I am looking at a flight from MAD to Philadelphia, then change and fly onto JAX. I want to know if I can end my journey at Philadelphia as I fancy driving down through the Carolinas. The deal I have with this return trip is less than half the price if I flew direct from MAD to Philadelphia. Would there be a problem at immigration? What happens to the luggage - I've done mulit stop trips before and once the initial check in is done, I have not seen my bags until reaching the final destination. Thanks and regards.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 19, 2015
cab fare airport to 30th st  (6 Answers)

How much is cab fare from the airport to 30th street station?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2015
recommended duration in Philadelphia  (6 Answers)

Hi, All. My boyfriend and I are taking a trip to Northeastern USA in the beginning of April 2015. We will be flying into PHL, then NYC, then BOS. The entirety of the trip will be 10 days.

I've been looking at previous forum questions and looked on (very useful website!), and wanted to know how many days VTers would recommend spending in Philly. We are trying to figure out how many days to allot to each city (with as many days as we can in NYC). I know it's a tough question to answer, as it's all dependent on individual tastes, but what are your recommendations to hit the typical "top sites" of the "City of Brotherly Love".

We are in our 30's, love culture and food, and seeing the beautiful sites and landmarks of a city. We will definitely hit the historic area, South Philly, and the multitude of museums available.

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2014
Shopping Questions  (3 Answers)


Years ago I did some shopping in Philadelphia in a store that carried everything from Electronics, Jewelry, Clothes, Food.... etc. The store was so large the workers wore roller skates. Do you know the name of the store and is it still in business?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2014
Public transport from Graduate Hospital to PHL airport?  (3 Answers)

Whats the best/cheapest way to get to the airport from graduate hospital? Traveling alone. Driving myself isn't an option. I don't want to take a bus because its not ideal with luggage. Was thinking taxi or train or subway. I saw on the Septa website that their airport line doesn't run until 5am which is the time I have to be AT the airport so I can't do that. I have a 625am domestic flight on a weekday. Any advice? I'm thinking it would be a 430-445am pickup.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 03, 2014
Where to stay in Philadelphia with children  (5 Answers)

Hi ! We are planning a trip for the weekend to see the historical sites with our younger children. Is the historical area a good & safe place to stay ? Everyone says its like NYC ( where we live & that you need to know where to stay & where not to ..)
Ty !!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2014
safe hotel  (3 Answers)

what is a safe hotel to stay at near Bryn Mawr college

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2014
Good Sunday Brunch

What is a good Sunday brunch spot in Philly? Looking for good food, fun atmosphere - not dressy.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2014
Directions to Jury Duty at 601 Market St.  (1 Answer)

I'm coming from the Thorndale/Parkesburg area. Am I best to travel by Septa? I never go into Philadelphia and I have jury duty starting July 9

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2014
best way to get around and Elfreth's Alley  (2 Answers)

Planning to spend a couple days in Philadelphia. We plan on going to the Eastern State Penitentiary, art museum, Independence Hall, etc. Mostly the highlights. I originally thought we would walk and take the metro, but I saw where there is a Trolley Works tour. Would it be beneficial or save time taking the trolley? Do they give interesting information on the trolley?
Also, is the tour to Elfreth's Alley worth it? Or is walking and seeing the houses enough?
Thanks a lot for all your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2014
Meeting train travellers at Philadelphia railway station  (3 Answers)

How can we collect at the kerbside train passengers getting out at Philadelphia Union Station?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2014
souvenir needed  (2 Answers)

Where's a great shop for a visitor to get a local souvenir or clothing to take back home?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2014
What to do in Center City?  (6 Answers)

Going to be staying in Center City. Whenever I travel I avoid all of the "oh you must go see this place..." hype. Let's face it, majority of the tourist attractions are mediocre. Plus I've grown up in PA so did all of that stuff for school field trips. What are some suggestions for the best places to go, best places to eat, and things to do that are not typical tourist suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 30, 2014
Which the best station to get into Philadelphia 30 street station or North philadelphia?  (2 Answers)

As a turist just for the day witch station is more convinient?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2014
Hotel Suggestions near 30th Street Station  (10 Answers)

It is a possibility that on our way to Washington D.C. later this year we may be arriving relatively late at night in Philadelphia from upstate NY at about 10:45 p.m. Didn't want to have to travel far for a hotel, so wonder if anyone has any nearby recommendations.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 02, 2014
Beachside weekend getaway

Hello all,

Please suggest ideas for a beachside weekend getaway from DC for a couple...small condo/resort/cottage for accommodation and good seafood restaurants near the beach!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2014



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2014
little brother big sister day  (6 Answers)

I want to have a day in the city with my brother, but i'm not sure exactly what I should do. I don't feel like going to the institute, does anyone have any other ideas? He's 9...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 08, 2013
Cheese Steak Restaurants  (1 Answer)

back in the 70's and 80's I was in Philly and there was an "Oregon Steaks" on Oregon avenue not far from Broad St. whatever happened to that place

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2013
family day  (1 Answer)

we moved away from the city and returning after several years away. Always had an amazing time as a couple but not sure what to do going back with a 5yr old girl and 3yr old boy for a day trip. Any suggestions??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2013
Cross-Penn trip  (3 Answers)

Wife and I are planning a trip to Pennsylvania. I'd like some advice on how to schedule it.

For us, the must sees are:

  • Lib bell, constitution hall, etc in downtown Phily
  • Museums: Franklin, Rodin, etc in Phily
  • Some Amish communities - wife currently prefers Lancaster
  • The helicopter museum near West Chester
  • Falling Water by Wright
  • The National Aviary and Carnegie museum in Pittsburg

We fly into Philly on Friday the 18th of October. I have to be in Chicago for a convention on the afternoon of the 27th. We are assuming that the most practical way to get around is public transportation in downtown Philadelphia, and then rent a car for the rest.

The proposed schedule looks like this:

18: Fly into Phily; night - Stay in Phily

19: Day - Phily; night - Stay in Phily

20: Day - Phily; night - Stay in Phily

21: Day - Phily; Afternoon - rent car, drive to Lancaster; Night - Stay in Lancaster

22: Day - Lancaster; Night - Stay in Lancaster

23: Day - see heli museum ( 44 mi ) { Open Wed-Sun }; Afternoon - drive to Somerset ( 111 mi ) { Scenic: Exton bypass aka 30 }; Night - Stay in Somerset ( The Georgian Inn? )

24: Day - Drive to Pittsburg, see Falling Water on the way; Afternoon - see museums in Pittsburg; Night - Stay in Pittsburg

26: Day - See Aviary, more museums in Pittsburg; Evening - Drive Pitts to Toledo ( 233 mi );  Night - Stay in Toledo

27: Day - Drive Toledo to Chicago ( 246 mi ); Afternoon - arrive Chicago; Night - Stay in Chicago

Particular questions are: 

  • Is Lancaster a good place to get the flavor of the Amish communities?
  • Where is a good place to stay in/near downtown Philly at $250 or less per night?
  • Is the Georgian in Somerset as nice as it pretends to be?
  • How long should we need to see Falling Water?

Any general advice would also be appreciated, particularly as to scenic byways, good hotels, and good restaurants. ( BTW, for me both a good view and good food are necessary for a good restaurant. )


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2013
Vacation suggestions  (5 Answers)

Hi everyone. My family will be visiting Philadelphia for the first time, in Oct. None of us have been in that part of the country (my husband is from Chicago and I am from Houston. Now we live in Indy). Can anyone offer suggestions as far as transportation, must see sites, and awesome places to eat? We will have our 4 kids with us, ages 15- 6 months. Also, since we are not familiar, are DC and NYC close enough to go visit each for a day? Thanks in advance for the advice!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2013
Must Do's in Philly in 1 day  (3 Answers)

Yes, i know these questions suck, although in my case it is a bit different.

It's not that there wouldn't be a lot of things to discover in just one day, but from studying my travel guides i suppose many of these things not to be that thrilling for a (nearly) blind guy like i am. So at this time i am not sure if it's worth standing in line for the Independence Hall to finally see some documents i can't really see, indead. But - as said - it's just the impression i got from reading about it, so maybe you could change my mind on that.

What about the bell? OK, it's just a bell, of course. But it's big and i might be able to get close enough to see it (touch it? ... wasn't there an episode of HIMYM where they were licking at the bell ...).

We are really interested in history and want to get the most out of our first (and maybe only) Philly experience. But museums, wall charts and displays won't make a big deal as i cannot read them and my wife speaks and understands much too little of the language to be helpful in this case (although she never gives up trying :-) ).

So my basic idea was to walk as much of the city as we can and hope to catch something of the spirit and making some shots for the memories. I've thought about a carriage ride for the day of our arrival to give us a rough idea where we want to go for more detailed excursions and i guess we's sign up for a food tour on our second day as a dinner replacement and for getting some information, too.

What do you think? Will we regret not to visit and see all of the common sights? Any other suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2013
Parking for two days  (3 Answers)

Hello everybody,

We, party of two, are to visit the beautiful city of Philadelphia for a few days in september. We're traveling by car and staying in the city center. What would be a safe and affordable place to park our car for two days..?

Thanks in advance,

greetings from the Netherlands, Tony.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2013
Where to rent a house in Philly  (10 Answers)

Hi everybody! What is the more safe and quiet areas in PHILLY? Where it's better to rent a house? I'm going to rent a house for a summer but don't know where it will be better.
I'm looking forward for an answer.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2013
Hotels near Sonesta Hotel  (5 Answers)

My wife and daughter are attending conference June 28-30, 2013. What other hotel options are within a block? Is this area of town safe for two ladies traveling alone?

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