Things to do in Philly and after DC

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  1. PAcpl

    PAcpl The more you like yourself, the less you are like

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    Also here are some FANTASTIC food options. They may not be touristy, but they are in my opinion some of the best Philly has to offer:

    Good Authentic Italian Restaurant:

    The Saloon Restaurant

    Best Philly Cheesteak (imo, sorry alorac):

    Jim's Steaks on South Street

    I guess it depends on what time you get to Jims. We are usually there after a night out so it is late and there is a line around the corner. With long lines that pile gets turned over in less then five minutes. But I can see if you are there at a slow time (if there is a slow time) that pile may last a little longer.

    Pastries:

    Isgro

    And as PPs have mentioned, if you are a foodie you HAVE TO check out The Reading Terminal Market.

    Have fun!
     
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  3. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel Moderator

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    Thanks for the advice about Camden. I can be a little paranoid some times, so it's good to know which areas to avoid and when! I do love Natural Science Museums. Sounds like there's a wealth of museums in Philly!

    Oh, that waterworks area sounds like my cup of tea! So many wonderful choices!

    And thanks for the info on the City Pass. That sounds like it will come in handy!

    I think we have lunch at the Reading Terminal Market, but I have a feeling I'm going to want to spend more time there than that!

    And no Jim's steaks. Check! :thumbsup2

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  4. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel Moderator

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    Oh, thanks, fgb, that does sound like a really cool way to do the monuments at night! I will look into that!

    Wow, thanks. Sounds fascinating. We used to have an old Penitentiary in Columbus, but they let it go to ruin and eventually tore it down. These places usually do have the best histories!

    Yumm! But, oh-oh! I've been warned by someone else to not go to Jim's Steaks! :rotfl:I smell a rivalry going on... ;) I love non-touristy restaurants. Thanks!

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  5. ruadisneyfan2

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    They also do a scary tour around Halloween. (Sorry OP, I didn't note when your trip will be.) I've never done it since I'd be scared of the dark for another 10 yrs after but I've heard it's good. ;)

    Oh yes, and it's vicious. :rotfl: Jim's vs. Pat's vs. Geno's. Just pick one and you'll get a good Philly cheesesteak. :flower3:
     
  6. minniebeth

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    Sayhello, a little time has gone by on this thread, you may have already decided on your itinerary, but I'll add my suggestions.

    There is always so much to do, not enough time!

    I also highly recommend Longwood Gardens if you have the time. If not, a trip out that way another time maybe combined with some Reading Pa. outlets shopping would be a great time.

    A little more obscure but a gem, if you like art, the Brandywine River Museum in Chadd's Ford.
    It is so beautiful there! Peaceful, a little slice of heaven away from the bustle of the city.

    For DC, we really like the Mayflower, I think you will like it. Our favorite hotel is the Williard Intercontinental. It is perfectly located, beautiful, and very historical. Our favorite place to eat there is Cafe du Parc, they have an amazing brunch buffet. Old Ebbitt Grille is about 2 blocks away and has amazing seafood and delicious reasonably priced food for the city. Historical as well.

    The Holocaust Museum is a *must do*. I would put this at the top of the list!

    Also, something different, the Bascilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of the Catholic University of America is amazing if you like architecture. Many tourists, both Catholic and non-Catholic alike come here.
    There are scores of tiny shrines that represent cultures from all over the world. You can get a guide book and tour/read on your own, or you can go on a guided tour. We now go every time we visit DC.

    Have fun planning! I love reading about all your ABD adventures and am excited to hear about your experiences with destinations I'm so familiar with.
     
  7. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel Moderator

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    Thanks, minniebeth! I am *far* from decided on my itinerary yet, so I really appreciate the input! I'll check these out. The Bascilica you mention sounds really interesting. I've never heard of it, but I will definitely do some research on it. Sounds like my kind of site!

    And thanks for the restaurant rec's too!

    Thanks!
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