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Allocating time for Philly and other cities...

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Allocating time for Philly and other cities...

We're planing our 12-day East Coast trip starting in DC, then to Philly and then to NYC. How many days should we allocate to each city? And we were told to see Longwood, Brandywine and Gettysburg. What else should we see. How many days should we spend touring Philly?

Thank you.

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1. Re: Allocating time for Philly and other cities...

Holy cow, you have quite a list.

You are going to hear from New Yorkers who think you should spend 7 days of your time there, and Phillians who say the same about their town.

It depends on things like whether you have kids, how old they are, whether you are really interested in history, or food, or art, sports, or what.

Visit the websites of Longwood Gardens

www.longwoodgardens.org/Directions_1_2_4.html

http://www.brandywinemuseum.org/

and the Brandywine Museum, etc etc & decide for yourselves want you want the most! If you do go to both of these, it will be on the same day as they are very near each other. You will need a car.

http://www.gophila.com/ Lots of help here in learning about Philly--click on the Things To Do button---

http://www.nps.gov/inde/ And Independence National Historical Park (Bell, Indep Hall etc)

http://www.nps.gov/gett/ The NPS & Gettysburg--

http://www.gettysburg.com/ Gettysburg the town welcomes you---

http://www.gettysburg.travel/ and so does Adams County.

On the way out of Philly, take a little detour and visit Washington Crossing Historic Park:

http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/ on the PA side of the river & you can walk where the Continental Army, such as it was, actually did as they prepared to cross the river that Christmas night, on the way to the first battle they actually won (Trenton) --and the turning point of the war.

You can also cross the river yourself--over the bridge---and "land" on the Jersey side. Half of that war was fought in NJ, you might as well see a little of the place.

Then use rte 546 from the bridge to the first light (Bear Tavern Rd, and that green building is the old Bear Tavern where Washington & his officers waited for the march to come up from the river, then divided to take 2 separate routes into Trenton), take 579 north to where it ends at 31 north, take that to the Flemington Circle where you change to 202 north, then 287 north & on to rte 78 or 80 & into NYC. Use Google maps to follow what I am describing.

http://maps.google.com/maps They have the coolest satellite feature too; you can "fly" over the places you will visit & usually get pretty close views.

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2. Re: Allocating time for Philly and other cities...

Wat is your mode of transportation? It may help us plan for you

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3. Re: Allocating time for Philly and other cities...

Thank you for your excellent help!

To answer your questions, young and active married couple with no kids, I'm interested in history while my spouse is more interested in food (although I'm really looking forward to a Philly cheese steak!), we're both interested in culture (although not art aficionados), architecture, outdoors, animals, nature, hiking, etc.

Also we'll be driving. How many days in Philly vrs the rest of Penn? Which sights outside of Philly are the most highly recommended? How does Gettysburg compare with Brandywine? (Is this a stupid question? My wife will ask "Why visit two battlefields?")

Thanks!

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4. Re: Allocating time for Philly and other cities...

Bump...

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5. Re: Allocating time for Philly and other cities...

with the interests you list, you may want to stop and see the waterfall on your way from Philadelphia to New York. www.visitbushkillfalls.com There's also an animal park not far from there. just now planning our trip. can't remember if the name is Claws and Paws or Paws and Claws, but it looks interesting.

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