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For general information before you go, call or check the Web sites of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Pennsylvania Office of Travel and Tourism. When you arrive, stop by the Independence Visitor Center on 6th Street between Market and Arch streets.
Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (215/599-0776. www.gophila.com.)
Independence Visitor Center (6th St. between Market and Arch Sts., PA. 800/537-7676. www.independencevisitorcenter.com.)
Pennsylvania Office of Travel and Tourism (800/847-4872. www.visitpa.com.)
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (1700 Market St., Suite 3000, PA, 19103. 215/636-3300. 215/636-3327. www.philadelphiausa.travel.)
Online Travel Tools
Philly Fun Guide (www.phillyfunguide.com), Gophila (www.gophila.com) and CitySearch Philadelphia (www.philadelphia.citysearch.com) each have reviews and events listings for families and adult travelers. The home page for the Philadelphia Inquirer (www.philly.com) has hundreds of articles on the region. The Web site for Philadelphia magazine (www.phillymag.com) has information on arts, nightlife, shopping, and dining. For those more historically inspired, Independence National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/inde) offers planning tools in addition to visitor information, and the Web site for the National Constitution Center (www.constitutioncenter.org) includes extensive educational resources. For a decidedly different take on the city, Philly Blog ( www.phillyblog.com) has an often interesting cross section of residents, natives, and travelers opining about the city; uwishunu (www.uwishunu.com), an offshoot of the city's marketing department, serves up interesting dish on the dining and nightlife scene; and Philebrity (philebrity.com) gives city-related gossip and cultural commentary with a healthy dose of sardonic wit.
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