Eat a cheesesteak, see the bell

There's much to see and do in Philadelphia. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Posted: April 13, 2007

Welcome to the city of brotherly love!

Perhaps we're biased, but we think you've landed in one of the greatest towns around. There's plenty to keep you busy during your Philadelphia visit.

Great eating? Check. Grab a cheesesteak, hit the Reading Terminal or the Italian Market, or try one of the city's fine BYOs.

Shopping? Check. Head to South Street for funky finds, Rittenhouse Square and adjacent Walnut Street for upscale stores, or Franklin Mills for bargains galore.

History? Check. It's what we're known for, of course. After you make your obligatory pilgrimage to the Liberty Bell, head to the National Constitution Center and the Betsy Ross House.

Off-the-beaten-track, zag-when-others-are-zigging attractions? We have those, too. Mix it up at the Mutter Museum, a treasure trove of medical oddities. (And probably the only way to work a gallery of things swallowed and retrieved into your trip.) Or try the Insectarium, two floors of well - bugs. All kinds of bugs. You can even eat a spice-coated worm!

We've got plenty of transportation options, too. In addition to navigating Center City on foot and SEPTA, the city's public transportation system, there's Phlash, a giant purple trolley, that caters to tourists. From May through November, Phlash runs loops through 20 Center City locations and popular hotels. It's just a buck each time you board, or $4 for an all-day pass, too.

There's much more to see and do, but here's a start to Philadelphia fun:

EATING - Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch, 215-922-2317, www.readingterminalmarket.org. Italian Market, 9th Street from Christian to Washington, www.phillyitalianmarket.com.

SHOPPING - South Street, various shops between Front and 7th Streets. www.southstreet.com. Franklin Mills Mall, 1455 Franklin Mills Circle (intersection of Knights and Woodhaven Roads), 215-632-1500, www.franklinmills.com.

HISTORY - Liberty Bell, 6th and Chestnut, 215-965-2305, www.nps.gov/archive/inde/liberty-bell.html. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, 215-409-6600, www.constitutioncenter.org. Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street, 215-686-1252, www.betsyrosshouse.org.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK - Mutter Museum, at the College of Physicians, 19 S. 22nd St., 215-563-3737. Insectarium, 8046 Frankford Ave., 215-335-9500.

GETTING AROUND - SEPTA, bus, train, subway, and trolley routes through the city and surrounding suburbs. www.septa.org. Phlash, stops at 20 popular tourist spots throughout Center City, www.phillyphlash.org.

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