Sunday, June 01, 2008

Sunday Times Travel Section Anoints Philadelphia As One Of The 31 Places To Visit This Summer

philadelphia, benjamin franklin parkway, logan circle, city hallThe Sunday Travel Section of the New York Times, (arguably one of the best sections of any paper in the world — talkin' all sections, not just travel sections), just featured 31 suggested places for “great summer vacations that don’t require the terrifying conversion of dollars into euros” — think Telluride, Paso Robles California, Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, etc.

And Philadelphia. Which came in at #4.

There are enough history excursions in the City of Brotherly Love to fill an entire summer, including big landmarks like the National Constitution Center, with its interactive displays in which kids can be sworn in as president or cast their ballots in authentic voting booths. But there’s also plenty to do off the history track — much of it affordable for a family weekend.

For starters: the new $20 million Big Cat Falls exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo, where lions, tigers, baby pumas and snow leopards are on view. A quick trolley ride from Center City can take you to one of the nation’s oldest — and most lovely — botanical gardens, Bartram’s Garden. For local flavor, it’s worth a lunch visit to John’s Roast Pork, where the made-to-order cheese steaks are legendary (the James Beard Foundation declared John’s one of “America’s Classics”).
Other cities on the list: San Fran, Quebec City, Portland, Montreal and Vegas. Not too shabby.

Eat it Boston.

31 Places to Go This Summer - From rafting in Oregon to biking in the White Mountains, a listing of great summer vacations that don’t require the terrifying conversion of dollars into euros. [ New York Times ]

[ Photo via Philly Skyline ]

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