Travel Postcard: 48 hours in historic Philadelphia

Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:50am EDT
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By David Warner

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to spend in Philadelphia? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors enjoy the 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 at 1516 Sansom St. 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. Also, Monks Cafe in Center City has a huge selection of Belgian beer. It is a cozy place with wooden benches, and a favorite of the locals.

8 p.m. - For a different experience, try the World Cafe, at 3025 Walnut St. in West Philadelphia. It features lunch and dinner and regular musical performances in its two theaters.


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. While you're there, check out the new President's House exhibit right outside the building that houses the bell. It was the nation's first presidential dwelling, and used from 1790 to 1800.

11 a.m. - Within walking distance of the Liberty Bell is Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776 and the U.S. Constitution was drafted in 1787.   Continued...

<p>The Liberty Bell is seen in front of the Independence Hall from the west side of the Schuylkill River in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters on June 9, 2011. REUTERS/R.Kennedy/Greater�Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp/Handout</p>