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Tour Philadelphia   by Jackie Herold

Thinking of traveling to Philadelphia? Here is some general information for those visiting for the first time.

Welcome to Philadelphia, ready to get settled in? Take a choice from some of Philadelphia finest hotels for people on any budget. The highly rated and most popular hotel in Philadelphia is none other than the Four Seasons located in near the Art Museum. Have your checkbook ready since the price per night is $325. Another luxury hotel worth considering is the Rittenhouse Hotel in Center City where a night there will cost you $365. To round out the Five Star lodging list is the Ritz-Carlton. This extravagant hotel will be worth the price at $350 per night. Tourist can still get first class treatment at any one of these economically priced hotels such as the Sheraton Suites near the airport will run you a price tag of only $89 per night. Also the Alexander Inn is a nice three star hotel for about $99 per night. The Latham located in Rittenhouse Square area will bring you in with their low price of only $89 per night.

When visiting Philadelphia you don't know where to begin when it comes to attractions. Perhaps you could start with the Liberty Bell opened Tuesday thru Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Then make a stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with 200 galleries with over 400,000 cultural art works. The Philadelphia Zoo is another main attraction worth visiting. Established back in the 1800's, the zoo is one of the oldest in America. The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution both came to existence at Independence Hall which is recognized not only in Philadelphia but the whole United States. If you happen to be traveling during the holidays stop by Lord and Taylor and watch the Christmas Light Show. The spectacular display of dancing fountains, lights, narrations will put anyone in the Christmas spirit.

If you hear your stomach growling, don't ignore it. Philadelphia has many restaurants to satisfy your hunger. Morimoto in Center City provide patrons with delectable Japanese dishes around $55. XIX Nineteen Café offer's American and French cuisines even breakfast and brunch for about $35. Once named "Best Steak" by Best of Philly 1998, The Prime Rib serves just that the best steak and barbeque for $30. These next restaurants will hit you in just the right place and not in your pockets. The highly rated Zanzibar Blue serves American, Caribbean, and Contemporary meals for a low price of $17. Jim's Steaks on South Street will get you a nice piece of meat for only $6. And if you want to have a good time and eat at the same time, visit Dave & Busters where fun and games and good eats will only cost you $12.

Before you complete your trip, catch the Lights of Liberty Show. While you're touring Independence National Historic Park experience the American Revolution where it happened and when it happened. Maybe even go to the Pennsylvania Ballet or take a tour of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Pennsylvania to finish off your visit.

About the Author

Jackie Herold is a travel writer for Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours, Baltimore Tours, and Washington DC Tours.

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