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    • alligators + tourist attractions

      Tampa Jan 31, 2017 at 5:46 AM

      I have a phobia about alligators and yet I want somewhere warm for an end of Nov/Dec break. Are there any alligators on the beach at this time of the year - does anyone have personal knowledge of the situation

      Apart from Disney what other attractions are there - we would like to do some touring but looking at the crime rate in Charleston/New Orleans we are scared as we came close to being run off the road in Washington DC near the Jeffereson library Plan to stay about 2-3 weeks so could do 1000/1500 miles comfortably with hotels interspersed

      Can I add my thanks to VT which has been invaluable to me and enabled me to stay safe and see lots of places I wouldn't have seen. Only hope there is a last minute reprieve

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    • Arizona/Utha in Fall

      Arizona Jan 29, 2017 at 9:49 AM

      Hi :)

      I need some advice for travel. I want to go to Las Vegas this fall and then drive by car to Grand Canyon and etc.
      My plan looks like this:

      First Day - Pick up the Car, drive to Hoover Dam and then to Tusayan

      Second Day - Visit Grand Canyon. We are not really "hiking people", so everything that takes more thatn 2hrs round trip is probably to much.But as i seen on then internet, most places are pretty accesible by car or shuttle.

      Third Day - Drive to Page, visit the Slot Canyons arount 11 AM (tours start then). and visit Horseshoe Bend in the afternoon

      Fourth Day - Drive from Page to Bryce Canyon (about 3hrs). Anything nice to see on the way there?

      Fifth Day - Visit Bryce Canyon

      Sixt Day - Drive to Springdale for Zion NP (about 2hrs). Anything nice to see on the way there?

      Seventh Day - Zion NP (visit The Narrows)
      Eight Day - Zion NP - What should we do too?
      Ninnth Day - Spend morning in Zion then drive back to Vegas, Anything nice to see on the way there?

      What do you think, is it a good plan? Should we spend less/more at a specific place? We have read that roads in this area are usually straight and not crowded, so driving shouln't be a hussle.

      Any help is appreciated

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      Tillicum excursion from Seattle during the week in May

      Seattle Feb 18, 2017 at 9:34 PM

      I'm going to miss this site!!!Love getting replays from locals as much as I like helping others when they come to Australia.
      Anyway.....Anyone know the best tour company to visit Tillicum? A tour that offers either a Tuesday /Wednesday or Thursday in May?

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      Charging stations Terminal D IAH

      Houston Feb 7, 2017 at 6:49 AM

      I am gonna have a bit of a layover in Houston before flying out of terminal D. Looking for some suggestions for a good place to have a couple of beers and possibly charge my phone. Any ideas?

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    • alligators + tourist attractions

      Tampa Jan 31, 2017 at 5:40 AM

      I have a phobia about alligators and yet I want somewhere warm for an end of Nov/Dec break. Are there any alligators on the beach at this time of the year

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    • Weather and hotels

      Miami Beach Feb 18, 2017 at 8:05 AM

      Hello
      We are considering to visit Miami beach in January 2018
      Does anyone know if this is a good time for a beach holiday?
      We are living I Norway and would like to have some sun and warmth when it is winter time here.
      Does anyone have facts about a nice not to expensive hotel as well?
      Best regards
      Turid in Norway

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      Can I do Catalina and Balboa island in one day

      Newport Beach Feb 2, 2017 at 11:51 PM

      Staying at the holiday inn express Newport for 3 nights...no car...
      Already booked and paid after I realised not walking distance to beach at all...
      Can uber to Laguna one day and I thought these 2 islands would be a great idea...

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    • Weather November

      California Feb 1, 2017 at 1:44 AM

      I know I asked yesterday about Florida but we are also looking at Palm/Desert Springs California - what is the weather liable to be like in November

      Will the roads be snow free to Las Vegas and what is the weather liable to be like in Vegas in November.

      Plan to possibly fly to Los Angeles - use Desert/Palm Springs and tour from there and possibly take a few days out to visit Vegas - could even fly into Vegas if the flights were cheaper

      Many thanks for so many questions

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    • Travelling by rented car

      Miami Feb 16, 2017 at 4:55 AM

      Hello,
      We will be travelling in America this March, so we have decided to rent a car. We have heard that there are roads which require payments. 1. How can we pay these fees? Cash, credit card? Could rented car use sunpass and toll-by-plate? If yes, how to get it online? 2. What insurance car needs to have zero excess?
      Thank you in advance :)

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      subway access

      New York City Feb 3, 2017 at 7:55 AM

      Is it easier to catch the subway from John F Kennedy or LGA? thanks (typed out JFK for enough words to get it in the system.

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    • Internatiola flight to lax and then national flight

      Los Angeles Jan 26, 2017 at 10:37 AM

      We are arriving at 26.September at LAX

      Our flight - LX40 Swiss - will arrive at 4:30PM, we checked online that is usually on time.

      We want to fly the same day from LAX to Las vegas. How much stopover time should we calculate?

      Possible flights:
      7:05 PM - Delta
      9:05 PM - United
      10:40 PM - United

      We currently looking at the 7:05 PM, but we don't know, is 2.5 hrs enough for transfer - to less or to much?

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      new york or orlando

      United States of America Feb 19, 2017 at 9:28 PM

      hi, we're going to the USA with our twelve year old daughter and need to choose between New York and Orlando for a four to five day trip. we need to go to indianapolis after this trip to visit relatives. Please advice as to which is the better option with respect to both, activities and expense. Thanks in advance.

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    • Yosemite Valley

      Yosemite National Park Feb 6, 2017 at 11:07 AM

      Hi,

      Me and a friend are planning of going to Yosemite valley in about a week (17-18 feb 2017). Will we be able to drive there from the west (Mariposa) without any snow chains on the car? Is the road even open?
      Thanks in advance for answer!

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      Best areas for tourists to stay in Philadelphia

      by Dek39 Online Now May 2, 2016 at 3:37 AM

      We are a couple in our 40's looking at spend two nights in Philadelphia as part of a road trip in September.
      Could anyone recommend the best parts of Philadelphia to stay for tourists? Also does anyone have any recommendation for hotels?

      Many Thanks

      8 Answers May 2, 2016 at 8:21 AM
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      Help for spanish speakers in Philly

      by uchi2000 Online Now Oct 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM

      Are there Any tours or recomendations for spanish speakers? Feeling kind of lost just speaking few words in english.

      2 Answers Oct 15, 2015 at 4:53 AM
    • Haven't seen my brother in 12 years...

      by NatOconnor Online Now Oct 7, 2015 at 6:25 PM

      Hi all,
      My name is Natalia and I am from Brazil. I am currently living Kutztown but I have lived in Philadelphia and suburbs neighborhoods in Montgomery County. My brother and his wife are coming to visit and spend Christmas and New Years Eve with me. I would really love to know the "Must go Places" in Philadelphia I should take them. Any ideas and suggestions? Although I have been here all these years, school kept me away from exploring this great city.
      Thank you !
      Natalia.

      7 Answers Oct 9, 2015 at 10:48 AM
    • curio shop

      by hpeters Online Now Apr 30, 2015 at 8:48 AM

      There was a small oddity shop in Philly, it had 3 rooms that got stranger as you entered. I lost the address. Please does anyone know about it?

      2 Answers Jul 17, 2015 at 11:19 AM
    • Ending a journey early

      by KathyGilbert Online Now Apr 13, 2015 at 10:45 AM

      My question is about a trip I have planned to Jacksonville (FL) from Madrid. I am looking at a flight from MAD to Philadelphia, then change and fly onto JAX. I want to know if I can end my journey at Philadelphia as I fancy driving down through the Carolinas. The deal I have with this return trip is less than half the price if I flew direct from MAD to Philadelphia. Would there be a problem at immigration? What happens to the luggage - I've done mulit stop trips before and once the initial check in is done, I have not seen my bags until reaching the final destination. Thanks and regards.

      4 Answers Apr 13, 2015 at 3:48 PM
    • cab fare airport to 30th st

      by qvivar Online Now Feb 19, 2015 at 4:19 PM

      How much is cab fare from the airport to 30th street station?

      6 Answers Feb 20, 2015 at 1:26 PM
    • recommended duration in Philadelphia

      by travelling_princess8 Online Now Jan 24, 2015 at 1:59 AM

      Hi, All. My boyfriend and I are taking a trip to Northeastern USA in the beginning of April 2015. We will be flying into PHL, then NYC, then BOS. The entirety of the trip will be 10 days.

      I've been looking at previous forum questions and looked on www.visitphilly.com (very useful website!), and wanted to know how many days VTers would recommend spending in Philly. We are trying to figure out how many days to allot to each city (with as many days as we can in NYC). I know it's a tough question to answer, as it's all dependent on individual tastes, but what are your recommendations to hit the typical "top sites" of the "City of Brotherly Love".

      We are in our 30's, love culture and food, and seeing the beautiful sites and landmarks of a city. We will definitely hit the historic area, South Philly, and the multitude of museums available.

      Thanks in advance!

      6 Answers Jan 24, 2015 at 6:03 PM
    • Shopping Questions

      by deenikmax Online Now Oct 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Hi,

      Years ago I did some shopping in Philadelphia in a store that carried everything from Electronics, Jewelry, Clothes, Food.... etc. The store was so large the workers wore roller skates. Do you know the name of the store and is it still in business?

      3 Answers Oct 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM
    • Public transport from Graduate Hospital to PHL airport?

      by Shimmer580 Online Now Oct 7, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Whats the best/cheapest way to get to the airport from graduate hospital? Traveling alone. Driving myself isn't an option. I don't want to take a bus because its not ideal with luggage. Was thinking taxi or train or subway. I saw on the Septa website that their airport line doesn't run until 5am which is the time I have to be AT the airport so I can't do that. I have a 625am domestic flight on a weekday. Any advice? I'm thinking it would be a 430-445am pickup.

      3 Answers Oct 8, 2014 at 4:42 AM
    • Where to stay in Philadelphia with children

      by Karenbdiaz Online Now Oct 3, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Hi ! We are planning a trip for the weekend to see the historical sites with our younger children. Is the historical area a good & safe place to stay ? Everyone says its like NYC ( where we live & that you need to know where to stay & where not to ..)
      Ty !!

      5 Answers Oct 5, 2014 at 9:01 AM
    • safe hotel

      by bethcampbell71 Online Now Aug 8, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      what is a safe hotel to stay at near Bryn Mawr college

      3 Answers Aug 9, 2014 at 1:56 PM
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      Good Sunday Brunch

      by iccuf Online Now Jul 17, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      What is a good Sunday brunch spot in Philly? Looking for good food, fun atmosphere - not dressy.

    • Directions to Jury Duty at 601 Market St.

      by mmg7853 Online Now Jun 24, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      I'm coming from the Thorndale/Parkesburg area. Am I best to travel by Septa? I never go into Philadelphia and I have jury duty starting July 9

      1 Answer Jun 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM
    • best way to get around and Elfreth's Alley

      by kansastraveler15 Online Now Jun 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Planning to spend a couple days in Philadelphia. We plan on going to the Eastern State Penitentiary, art museum, Independence Hall, etc. Mostly the highlights. I originally thought we would walk and take the metro, but I saw where there is a Trolley Works tour. Would it be beneficial or save time taking the trolley? Do they give interesting information on the trolley?
      Also, is the tour to Elfreth's Alley worth it? Or is walking and seeing the houses enough?
      Thanks a lot for all your help!

      2 Answers Jun 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM
    • Meeting train travellers at Philadelphia railway station

      by Johndavidwinder Online Now Jun 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      How can we collect at the kerbside train passengers getting out at Philadelphia Union Station?

      3 Answers Jun 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM
    • souvenir needed

      by lkmbaz Online Now May 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Where's a great shop for a visitor to get a local souvenir or clothing to take back home?

      2 Answers May 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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      What to do in Center City?

      by everydaysomewherenew Online Now May 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Going to be staying in Center City. Whenever I travel I avoid all of the "oh you must go see this place..." hype. Let's face it, majority of the tourist attractions are mediocre. Plus I've grown up in PA so did all of that stuff for school field trips. What are some suggestions for the best places to go, best places to eat, and things to do that are not typical tourist suggestions?

      6 Answers May 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM
    • Which the best station to get into Philadelphia 30 street station or North philadelphia?

      by cristinadelapiedra Online Now Apr 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      As a turist just for the day witch station is more convinient?

      2 Answers May 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM
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      Hotel Suggestions near 30th Street Station

      by riorich55 Online Now Apr 29, 2014 at 3:58 AM

      It is a possibility that on our way to Washington D.C. later this year we may be arriving relatively late at night in Philadelphia from upstate NY at about 10:45 p.m. Didn't want to have to travel far for a hotel, so wonder if anyone has any nearby recommendations.

      10 Answers Apr 29, 2014 at 1:18 PM
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      Beachside weekend getaway

      by alycat Online Now Apr 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Hello all,

      Please suggest ideas for a beachside weekend getaway from DC for a couple...small condo/resort/cottage for accommodation and good seafood restaurants near the beach!

      Thanks
      Ali

    • HELP IN PHILADELPHIA

      by purvisumit Online Now Mar 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      HI FRIENDS

      ARRVING FROM WASHINGTON dc TO Philadelphia, PA, 30th St Station . nEED TO TRAVEL TO BENASALEM TO MY COUSINS HOUSE. WE ARE TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN AGE 6 AND 9 YRS CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST CONVENIENT MODE OF TRAVEL

      1 Answer Mar 3, 2014 at 5:39 AM
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      little brother big sister day

      by Cheri15 Online Now Jan 19, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      I want to have a day in the city with my brother, but i'm not sure exactly what I should do. I don't feel like going to the institute, does anyone have any other ideas? He's 9...

      6 Answers Mar 20, 2014 at 6:24 AM
    • Cheese Steak Restaurants

      by gwilliam58 Online Now Dec 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      back in the 70's and 80's I was in Philly and there was an "Oregon Steaks" on Oregon avenue not far from Broad St. whatever happened to that place

      2 Answers Dec 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM
    • family day

      by Driscollreb Online Now Sep 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      we moved away from the city and returning after several years away. Always had an amazing time as a couple but not sure what to do going back with a 5yr old girl and 3yr old boy for a day trip. Any suggestions??

      1 Answer Sep 19, 2013 at 3:07 AM
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      Cross-Penn trip

      by HarmoniousBotch Online Now Sep 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Wife and I are planning a trip to Pennsylvania. I'd like some advice on how to schedule it.

      For us, the must sees are:

      • Lib bell, constitution hall, etc in downtown Phily
      • Museums: Franklin, Rodin, etc in Phily
      • Some Amish communities - wife currently prefers Lancaster
      • The helicopter museum near West Chester
      • Falling Water by Wright
      • The National Aviary and Carnegie museum in Pittsburg

      We fly into Philly on Friday the 18th of October. I have to be in Chicago for a convention on the afternoon of the 27th. We are assuming that the most practical way to get around is public transportation in downtown Philadelphia, and then rent a car for the rest.

      The proposed schedule looks like this:

      18: Fly into Phily; night - Stay in Phily

      19: Day - Phily; night - Stay in Phily

      20: Day - Phily; night - Stay in Phily

      21: Day - Phily; Afternoon - rent car, drive to Lancaster; Night - Stay in Lancaster

      22: Day - Lancaster; Night - Stay in Lancaster

      23: Day - see heli museum ( 44 mi ) { Open Wed-Sun }; Afternoon - drive to Somerset ( 111 mi ) { Scenic: Exton bypass aka 30 }; Night - Stay in Somerset ( The Georgian Inn? )

      24: Day - Drive to Pittsburg, see Falling Water on the way; Afternoon - see museums in Pittsburg; Night - Stay in Pittsburg

      26: Day - See Aviary, more museums in Pittsburg; Evening - Drive Pitts to Toledo ( 233 mi );  Night - Stay in Toledo

      27: Day - Drive Toledo to Chicago ( 246 mi ); Afternoon - arrive Chicago; Night - Stay in Chicago

      Particular questions are: 

      • Is Lancaster a good place to get the flavor of the Amish communities?
      • Where is a good place to stay in/near downtown Philly at $250 or less per night?
      • Is the Georgian in Somerset as nice as it pretends to be?
      • How long should we need to see Falling Water?

      Any general advice would also be appreciated, particularly as to scenic byways, good hotels, and good restaurants. ( BTW, for me both a good view and good food are necessary for a good restaurant. )

      Thanks

      3 Answers Sep 4, 2013 at 5:04 AM
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      Vacation suggestions

      by susannee1979 Online Now Aug 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Hi everyone. My family will be visiting Philadelphia for the first time, in Oct. None of us have been in that part of the country (my husband is from Chicago and I am from Houston. Now we live in Indy). Can anyone offer suggestions as far as transportation, must see sites, and awesome places to eat? We will have our 4 kids with us, ages 15- 6 months. Also, since we are not familiar, are DC and NYC close enough to go visit each for a day? Thanks in advance for the advice!

      5 Answers Aug 18, 2013 at 6:24 AM
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      Must Do's in Philly in 1 day

      by BlindFish Online Now Aug 7, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      Yes, i know these questions suck, although in my case it is a bit different.

      It's not that there wouldn't be a lot of things to discover in just one day, but from studying my travel guides i suppose many of these things not to be that thrilling for a (nearly) blind guy like i am. So at this time i am not sure if it's worth standing in line for the Independence Hall to finally see some documents i can't really see, indead. But - as said - it's just the impression i got from reading about it, so maybe you could change my mind on that.

      What about the bell? OK, it's just a bell, of course. But it's big and i might be able to get close enough to see it (touch it? ... wasn't there an episode of HIMYM where they were licking at the bell ...).

      We are really interested in history and want to get the most out of our first (and maybe only) Philly experience. But museums, wall charts and displays won't make a big deal as i cannot read them and my wife speaks and understands much too little of the language to be helpful in this case (although she never gives up trying :-) ).

      So my basic idea was to walk as much of the city as we can and hope to catch something of the spirit and making some shots for the memories. I've thought about a carriage ride for the day of our arrival to give us a rough idea where we want to go for more detailed excursions and i guess we's sign up for a food tour on our second day as a dinner replacement and for getting some information, too.

      What do you think? Will we regret not to visit and see all of the common sights? Any other suggestions?

      3 Answers Aug 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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      Parking for two days

      by DutchTony333 Online Now Jul 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Hello everybody,

      We, party of two, are to visit the beautiful city of Philadelphia for a few days in september. We're traveling by car and staying in the city center. What would be a safe and affordable place to park our car for two days..?

      Thanks in advance,

      greetings from the Netherlands, Tony.

      3 Answers Jul 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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      Where to rent a house in Philly

      by AliyaL Online Now Jun 5, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      Hi everybody! What is the more safe and quiet areas in PHILLY? Where it's better to rent a house? I'm going to rent a house for a summer but don't know where it will be better.
      I'm looking forward for an answer.

      10 Answers Jun 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM
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      Hotels near Sonesta Hotel

      by rnj1 Online Now Jun 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      My wife and daughter are attending conference June 28-30, 2013. What other hotel options are within a block? Is this area of town safe for two ladies traveling alone?

      5 Answers Jun 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM