We are travelling to the east coast of US from Australia in June/July 2014 for 4 weeks. As part of our trip we plan on catching a bus from NY to Philadelphia arriving Sunday 29th June in Philadelphia; and leaving for Washington DC on Wednesday 2nd July.
At this stage we would like to do the following whilst in Philadelphia: a day trip to Lancaster to experience/witness some Amish culture; and visit the following places in Philadelphia: The Reading Terminal market, Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Centre, We are happy to hire a car to visit Lancaster if necessary. Is all that possible in that time frame? Are there other suggestions for the itinerary. Are certain places closer to one another and consequently should be done the same day? We don't intend hiring a car whilst in Philadelphia, except for the possible trip to Lancaster. Accordingly is there a suggested location for accommodation? Apologies for so many questions, but it's difficult to work out the time required to visit the places; and their "visitor-worth". Any feedback by those who know the area would be greatly appreciated.