Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Philadelphia

Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:22am EDT
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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to spend in Philadelphia? With the presidential election just days away Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors enjoy the historic sites in the City of Brotherly Love.


6 p.m. - For a pre-dinner beer or two, check out the Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant in Center City. It's one of a number of independent local breweries that is helping to restore Philadelphia's reputation as a center for craft beer making.

8 p.m. - The Tin Angel, a cozy second-floor live-music venue near the busy corner of Second and Market Streets, regularly hosts nationally known artists. Past acts have included Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Richie Havens. It's joined with the Serrano restaurant.


10 a.m. - Time to see the sights. The Liberty Bell is Philadelphia's most famous historic landmark. The cracked bell was rung on July 8, 1776 to summon the people of Philadelphia to a reading of the newly written Declaration of Independence. It's in a special pavilion on Independence Mall, the center of Philadelphia's historic area.

11 a.m. - Independence Hall. Within walking distance of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall was where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776 and the U.S. Constitution was drafted in 1787. It contains reconstructed rooms where the "founding fathers" including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison argued and labored to create the documents that laid the groundwork for the United States, and its independence from England. The National Park Service provides free tours on a first-come-first-served basis.

12 noon - Congress Hall, next to Independence Hall, was built in 1787-89 as a court house and became the meeting place of the fledgling U.S. Congress from 1790-1800. It also housed the presidential inaugurations of George Washington and John Adams.

1 p.m. - Reading Terminal Market. It is a bustling city-center food emporium where you can buy anything from bagels to brisket to bananas, as well as prepared food from many nations. Grab lunch in the no-frills food court and watch the world go by.   Continued...

<p>Philadelphia&rsquo;s beloved Benjamin Franklin (played here by Ralph Archbold) in an undated photo. REUTERS/GPTMC/Handout</p>