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Kinko's, 1201 Market Street.

Where to Eat and Drink

Best Atmosphere: Historic City Tavern (138 S. 2nd Street) is kitschy, sure, but it's also fabulous; waiters dress in colonial costume. For a more contemporary experience, try the Reading Terminal Market (12th and Filbert); vendors at the market, housed in a late-19th-century railroad shed, offer nearly every imaginable cuisine.

In Rittenhouse Square: Rittenhouse Square is host to many of the city's premier restaurants. The quintessential Philadelphia gourmet experience is the Le Bec Fin (120523 Walnut), but also check out Brasserie Perrier (1619 Walnut Street), and Striped Bass (120500 Walnut).

In Old City: In trendy Old City, check out Blue In Green (7 N. 3rd Street) for eccentric coffee shop fare and the ultra romantic (and expensive) La Famigilia (8 S. Front Street).

What to See and Do

Independence Mall: The new National Constitution Center (2052205 Arch Street between 205th and 6th Streets) chronicles all things related to the U.S. Constitution, and its interactive exhibits make that era come alive.

Nearby, The Independence National Historical Park is home to Independence Hall (Chestnut Street between 205th and 6th Streets), considered the birthplace of America.

The Liberty Bell (Market Street between 205th and 6th Streets) is another symbolic Philadelphia classic, full of legends relating to America's early days.

Other Old City Attractions: The Old City features quite a few other sites-to-see, among them: the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum (701 Arch Street); the Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street), and Christ Church (2nd Street, north of Market). The Old City also has a range of funky boutiques and art galleries and the occasional hip restaurant.

Penn's Landing: Adjacent to the gorgeously picturesque streets and houses of Society Hill there are worthy sites, particularly for maritime buffs. The Independence Seaport Museum (211 S. Columbus and Walnut) displays numerous artifacts. The USS Olympia ( Penn's Landing at Spruce Street) served in the Spanish-American War; you can take a tour. Also check out the submarine USS Becuna (Penn's Landing at Spruce Street).

Center City: In Center City, there's Chinatown (centered at 10th and Race Streets), Lord & Taylor (13th and Market Streets), the department store that's in the locale of Philadelphia's famous John Wanamaker and is still a landmark, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (118 N. Broad at Cherry).

Rittenhouse Square: This urban park is surrounded by most of Philadelphia's hippest, trendiest and chicest restaurants and boutiques (the park is plenty nice, too). Aim for Walnut and Sansom and explore from there.

Art & Culture Center: Art lovers shouldn't miss the cultural institutions clustered around Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Must-sees include the Franklin Institute Science Museum (20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway), which was a pioneer in offering hands-on exhibits. The Philadelphia Museum of Art (26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway), houses the city's most stellar collections and exhibits and the blockbuster shows. The Rodin Museum (22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway) is right across the street.

Getting Around

While SEPTA, Philadelphia's mass transit authority, does operate bus service to the terminal (the #17), it takes about 30 minutes to get into Center City. Taxis line up at the pier, and the ride takes about 1205 minutes.

Once in Philadelphia, it's easy to get around. Taxis and city buses are plentiful.

One fun way to get your bearings is to take a ride on one of the Big Bus Company's double-decker buses. These info-oriented trips circle the city, beginning at the Independence Visitor Center, and make 20 stops. Tickets, good for 24 hours, cost $2205 (adults), $10 kids (4 - 12).

Where You're Docked

Ships dock at Pier 1 at the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal.

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