Travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Episode 78

categories: USA Travel

The Amateur Traveler talks to John (from the Jimmy Craichead vlog) who is a Philly boy who gives us a tour of his home town.

We talk about when to come, Independence Hall, the Mummers parade, what makes a good cheesesteak, Constitution Hall, Betsy Ross House, Reading Terminal, South Street, murals, good restaurants (including the oldest Italian restaurant in the USA home mafia hit in 1989), Philadelphia in the movies, neighborhoods, Academy of Music, Kimmel Center, World Cafe, Wachovia Center, Museum of Art, Penns Landing, side trips to NYC, the Jersey shore, the Chesapeake Bay, Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Lancaster County, and why Philadelphia is only 2 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.

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00:00:51 Win a trip into space
00:01:18 N.D. nuke site may reopen as museum

Show Notes

Jimmy Craichead TV
Official Visitors site for Philadelphia
00:01:52 Jimmy Craichead TV
00:02:43 Philadelphia
00:03:44 The Philadelphia International Championship Bike Race
00:04:04 Mummer’s parade
00:04:48 Independence Hall
00:05:10 Betsy Ross House
00:05:15 Constitution Center
00:05:26 Reading Terminal Market
00:05:55 South Street
00:06:16 Larry Mural in Philadelphia, PA
00:06:33 Frankie Avalon
00:06:35 Mario Lanza
00:06:50 Dante and Luigi’s Restaurant
(site of the hit attempt on Nicodemo “Nicky Junior” Scarfo)
00:07:56 Scrapple
00:08:12 Steve Starr
00:08:24 Tangerine
00:08:25 Buddakan
00:08:27 Continental
00:09:31 North Philadelphia
00:10:19 Academy of Music
00:10:37 Kimmel Center
00:10:54 WXPN
00:11:12 Chinatown to CHinatown NYC
00:12:03 Wildwood, NJ
00:12:28 Andrew Wyeth
00:12:34 Valley Forge
00:12:38 Gettysburg
00:13:25 mural pictures
00:14:30 Warren Rice, mural artist
00:14:48 SEPTA
00:15:17 Philadelphia Museum of Art
00:15:21 Philadelphia’s Bike Trails
00:15:53 Penn’s Landing
00:16:53 Edmund Bacon
00:19:36 Manayunk
00:20:27 Movies
00:21:49 Lancaster County
00:22:33 rumors (Santa snowball incident)


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

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Chris, How could I forget to mention that the King Tut exhibit opened this past Saturday at the Ben Franklin Museum and will run thru September. This is the last American stop before it heads to London and may be the last time it sees this continent.



Please also start a writing contest for bloggers with big prizes. It can become hugely popular: perhaps the most popular writing competition in the world if you plan it well.

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