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We hit the major sights in Philadelphia, and even grabbed a cheesesteak on our way out of town...
A wonderful science museum. When we visited, the Tut exhibit was still in town, which was fun. Apart from ancient Egypt, the museum has tons of great exhibits. Our favorite was the electricity section, with all its interactive stations.
Some great impressionists here - always a favorite of mine. My husband enjoyed the Japanese tea house. It's always amazing what museums take from other countries...including the convent garden, and part of a temple. Crazy. But cool to see.
Don't walk in without noticing the bronze casting of Rodin's famous "Thinker" out front (we did!). Some of the sculptures of hands inside were our favorites. We made a quick, 15 minute stop here - there really isn't that much to see. But it is enjoyable, especially the Burghers of Calais that you can walk right up to and stand eye-to-eye with.
How incredible is it to stand in the room where the Declaration of Independence was signed? And is it bad that while we walked around the courtyard outside, we were looking for the landmarks from "National Treasure"? Hope not - I think it added to our enjoyment!
Wonderful historic alley, in great condition. THe folks who live here are obviously proud of their neighborhood's history, and do a great job preserving it.
After reading horror stories online about the long lines possible, we were a little nervous about how long it would take to get in here. But we got through security here in about 5 minutes - about as long as I was willing to wait. Yep, it's a bell. I mean, historic, and important, and I'm glad I saw it. But it's a bell - a cracked one, no less. ;)
Here's your chance to chat with a real live archeologist. This center is busy researching and cataloging the remains found in the site that was dug up to build the National Consitution center. Lots of broken pottery pieces, but more importantly, a docent to walk you through what they found and where they found it (think privy holes...)
The site of the First Congressional Congress, owned by the oldest guild hall in America.
Come and be served by lads and lasses in colonial garb. If you're lucky, you might get seranaded, as well. The food is historic, and so is the setting.
Pretty nice hotel, and we got a super room through a discount website. The pool was fun, and the hotel was close enough to walk to old town.
On the recommendation of our hotel concierge, we stopped here on our way south. Two places across the road from each other - the north side is a walk-up, the south side is a sit-down. My first Philly cheesesteak did NOT disappoint!