Philadelphia Fun

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When two friends decided to celebrate the occasion of a 40th birthday, Philly seemed a bit out of the ordinary - especially for February. Still, with a little luck and a few glances at a guidebook, the city of brotherly love turned into a perfect getaway weekend. They share their finds with us here.

Where to Stay in Philly

These friends used Hilton Honors points toward two free nights at Hilton Inn At Penn. This AAA Four Diamond property is located just one block from bus route 21 which can take you to all the major historic sites. The Inn at Penn is located on the campus of Penn State so there is a young urban feel to this side of town. Of course this isn't the only place to stay in town.

What to See and Do in Philly

As for sights, of course Independence Hall is a must see. It was here that the Declaration of Independence was signed. Guided tours are offered but with a little research, you can often find free or inexpensive podcasts to help on your tour. The need for tickets is determined by season. In the winter none were required but be sure to check in advance as busier seasons will have different requirements.

Be sure to stop by the Independence Visitors Center for more information and take some pics while you are there. This is where we found some of our best odd photo ops. Where else would you find a Constitutional Cow? We also enjoyed the Liberty Bell Center and a very informative and enthusiastic National Park guide.

Want to double-dog dare each other to do something while on this trip? Check out the Mutter Museum. As they say, it is "Disturbingly Informative". Here you'll see the plaster cast of the torso of the original Siamese Twins, Chang & Eng, a collection of skulls and other grotesque yet somehow interesting human oddities and deformities and the tallest human skeleton on display in North America - over 7 feet tall. This museum was originally designed as a physician's teaching museum but today is a fascination to visitors from all walks of life.

If you are driving to Philly from points south, be sure to carry small bills as you are certain to encounter numerous toll roads on the way from Washington, DC to Philly. If you are traveling this direction, be sure to notice the old ship smokestacks as you drive along the Delaware River. Here's a bit of trivia for you, this ship is the S.S. United States. It is larger than Titanic and, though it hasn't sailed in decades, it still holds the record for the fastest Trans-Atlantic crossing and it could go faster in reverse than today's ships can go forward. Who knew?

On a weekend trip, you may only have time to hit the highlights. Of course there are many other wonderful things to see and do in Philly. Be sure to blog about them for us and send photos we can use.