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Itinerary for Philadelphia

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Itinerary for Philadelphia

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.

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Also, are there any major games of basketball, baseball or gridiron on in the town at that time. (29th June to 2nd July 2014) Appreciate any advice or suggestions.

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You have plenty of time for what you have planned so far. You can see Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and Reading Terminal in one day, with time for more. Lancaster should only be a day trip. You will need a car to visit Lancaster, but you're right to rent it only for the day.

For what you have planned to far, a hotel in the historic area would be ideal, but other areas of Center City would also be fine. Center City is compact and easy to get around. Check out the FAQ on where to stay. The FAQs are on the right side of the page on the desktop version, not the mobile version, of TA.

You will be here right before the July 4 holiday, so you may ge able to catch some of the events of the Welcome America festival. This site should have info, though it's not yet updated for 2014: http://www.welcomeamerica.com/

Baseball is the only sport that will be in season when you're here. Google the schedule for the Philadelphia Phillies.

For more ideas, check out the FAQ on things to do.

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Thanks, Lauren. Valuable advice. Can you be more specific about the "historic area" for accommodation? What are some names of the suburbs? I just looked up the Philadelphia Phillies and fortunately they are playing Braves on 29th June. Hopefully it is in Philadelphia. Anyway thank you very much for your help. Much appreciated.

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These comments are for the Lancaster County part of your trip only.

First, I agree with the other comments that you need to rent a car, ESPECIALLY if you want to get out of the main tourist areas.

With a car, you can take advantage of the Mennonite Information Centers tours, where a local Mennonite rides with you in your car for two hours or more and directing you to stops(generally Amish owned businesses) based on your interests. In my opinion, this is the best and most authentic tour.

www.mennoniteinfoctr.com

If you want to explore on your own , a drive on Route 772 from Gap on Route 30 to Leola on Route 23 takes you through the historic heart of the Amish farm area. Probably 90% of the farms on this drive are Amish and the drive is largely untouisty, except when you go through Intercourse(Route 340)

There should be many Amish businesses and farmstands(in Season).

The most interesting Amish shops are both about a mile off of Route 772. Countryside Road Stand. on Stumptown Road and Riehls Quilts, on East Eby Road.

Both are reviewed on Trip Advisor

Go to the excellent tourist website www.padutchcountry.com for other ideas

Finally, a couple things to keep in mind

1. Don't go Sunday All of the attractions I mentioned(including the Mennonite Center Tour) are not open Sunday.

2. Go early. Amish and Mennonite businesses tend to open by 8 or 8:30 and close by 5 PM or dusk

3. Stay off Route 30- (except to visit the Mennonite Information Center to get your tour). It is the worst kind of tourist development- outlets, chain restaurants and motels.

Edited: 10 February 2014, 12:24
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What are you looking for in the suburbs?

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"Suburbs" doesn't mean to Americans what I think it means to you. "Suburbs" are the areas outside of cities. We don't recommend that you stay in the suburbs.

In Philadelphia, locals refer to the downtown area as Center City, and that's where regulars on the forum recommend that you stay. The historic area is a particular section of Center City on the east side. If you read the FAQ on where to stay, you'll see that one of the articles describes the different neighborhoods in Center City and some of the hotel options in those neighborhoods.

If you start your hotel searching on a general booking site that lets you sort or filter results by neighborhood, it should have an option for the historic district or eastern Center City.

As I said above, I think the historic area is ideal for what you've planned so far (which isn't much), but other neighborhoods in Center City would work, too.

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Yes, the Phillies will be playing the Atlanta Braves at home in Citizens Bank Park on the 29th in a day game.

The ballpark is easily accessible by public transit.

Most of Philadelphia's main attractions are within a very compact & walkable area. Some quirky and interesting spots worth checking out are the Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Eastern State Penitentiary,The Rosenbach Museum and the Mutter Museum. If you like art, we have the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation and he Pennsylvania Academy of FIne Art.

Other attractions in the suburbs of Philadelphia include some Estates and gardens. If you're interested in that type of site let us know & we can put together a list for you.

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Brookquarry, thank you very much for your input; far and above the "call of duty"; really appreciate your comments very much. Helps to bed down that part of the stay.Thanks again.

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Thanks, Lauren1217. We have done some searching under "Old City" and come up with a few places on airbnb. It is the first time I've used airbnb and the first time I have used TA to plan a trip. Our budget would be around the $130 USD mark. We just need somewhere neat and clean to rest our travel-weary bones at the end of the day. Don't need breakfast, don't need carparking. Ideally within walking distance of public transport, eateries and some tourist attractions. Thanks again for your time and thoughts. Very much appreciated.

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Pookala, thank you very much for the suggestions re the galleries and the Phillies. There may be an opportunity later in our trip to see the Boston Redsox. Which, do you think would be a more enjoyable experience; the Phillies or Redsox? Thanks again for your time and input. Much appreciated.

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