My son and I are flying into PHL and staying at the Crowne Plaza - Main Line (4100 Presidential Blvd.) $104 a night, from Thursday 11/13/08 and departing Sunday 11/16. Friday is the Drexel morning visit and all day Saturday is Penn. Univ. Friday afternoon & night and Sat. night we are on our own and want to see at least the Liberty Bell & Independance Hall.
1) Is hotel in OK place - safe? or can you think of a better option reasonably priced?
2) Do I need to rent a car (free parking at hotel) given my above plans or can public transportation work from airport, hotel, colleges and some eating and sightseeing? I can rent a car for just under $100 for the entire trip.
3) Is there any other must see or retaurants we should try to fit in?