It was the first capital of an independent United States of America, yet did you know this about Philadelphia?
– It has over 3,500 murals
– The Declaration of Independence was signed here
– It has the first Church of England in America
– It has the largest working pipe organ in the world
– The Travel Channel claims you’ll find “the best sandwich in America” there
– It hosts the oldest zoo in the US
Need I go on? There’s much more to discover in this amazing city.
To date I’ve only spent a day out exploring the wonderful Philadelphia. It was a jam packed day seeing many wonderful exhibits including the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
My only frustration with visiting was that my time there was too short. I couldn’t see everything. I’d love to go back and explore more.
I now have even more incentive to go back due to the release of a new traveller’s guide:-
Choose A Way – Philadelphia
This guide has only just been published and I was fortunate enough to receive a copy to review.
This in depth and cleverly created guide is the perfect electronic travel companion for a multi-day visit to one of America’s oldest cities.
With around 40 suggested places to visit and optional itineraries for a 2 – 5 day visit you will be spoilt for choice.
The book has been written by Jim Cheney. If you’ve not heard of Jim, well he is exceedingly knowledgable about Pennsylvania and is the mastermind behind the Uncovering PA website. Let’s put it this way, if Jim doesn’t know something about PA it is not worth knowing. (This guide really comes from a place of knowledge and expertise.)
The guide is perfect for almost any traveller. It offers the following essential features:-
– Public and private transport advice
– Price guides for tourist sites although many were free (prices correct as of early 2015)
– Links to Google maps so you find the exact location of the tourist site and plan the route from your current position
– Advice on organised tours and planning ahead
– Opening times of the sites and other seasonal relevant information
The site then rolls into a 2-5 day itinerary selection.
The itineraries are broken down into hourly sessions and provide 3 options for each time slot. The time allocations then offer clickable links to the specific tourist attraction information sheet in the book.
I think this is a clever set up and should work well for kindle, tablets and mobile devices.
My only criticism of this set up is that the itineraries with some popular spots are repeated numerous times on the lists. I agree the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are MUST sees but they seem to be popping up virtually every day on the plan list.
So what of the places recommended to see. Well the selection is fabulous, there are even great places that people who live in Philly may not have heard of.
Of course there are the famous places like the Liberty Bell, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and the Benjamin Franklin Museum. But what about a World War II submarine, the most unique coffee experience you could ever have and amazing visual art at the Magic Gardens?
I certainly learnt a lot of new things about Philly. I didn’t know there were so many interesting places. I guess this article title of Do You Know This About Philadelphia also applies to myself!
I certainly remember the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and seeing Benjamin Franklin’s grave.
However old war sites like Fort Mifflin and the battle scared Cliveden stately home would be on my must see list.
Choose A Way – Philadelphia is the perfect guide for any tourist and indeed local of this great city. You can get a hold of your copy now on the kindle format.