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New York and Philadelphia-a Family Affair!

Aug 13, 2007  Recent trip to NY
3.0 of 5 stars based on 5 votes

The most affordable and fun way to enjoy NY!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Philadelphia, Lancaster County, Lititz, Ephrata, Secaucus
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Fly to Philadelphia

    Instead of flying to NY-fly to the Philadelphia Intl. Airport. Its much much cheaper and you can probably get better flights. We flew in on a Wed night and got a rental car. I booked one for 5 days from Hotwire for a 120 dollars. VERY worth it. We also added a GPS system when we got there (a God SEND) for 12 dollars extra a day. See if you can't get that online too it will be MUCH cheaper I bet.

  • 2. Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City
    Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    I got this hotel for 70 dollars (total with tax) on Priceline for Wednesday night. I chose a three star but priceline upgraded me to a 4 star hotel (this one). The hotel is RIGHT above the Reading Terminal Market which is an awesome market filled with food/flowers/ stalls. The Amish also set up here and their food is fantastic! As for the hotel-the rooms are very cozy. My mom loved the beds. Customer service is so-so. We arrived 2 hours before check in time and they would not let us in our room. There is no breakfast-but the market downstairs is great for food. Also-there is no parking. We parked in the Convention Hall parking lot (its attached to the hotel) and costs 21 dollars a day. We were able to come in and leave as we wished. Overall-a good place to stay in Philly for a night or so.

  • 3. Reading Terminal Market
    Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    This place is fantastic. Definitely buy a jar of honey from the Amish stalls-its just blissful. I loved this place. One caveat-it closes at 8 so go early!

  • 4. Touring Philadelphia

    Since we were staying in the middle of downtown-we wanted to check out all the wonderful monuments in Philadelphia. So we checked out the tours. There is a duck tour but we passed on it. Instead we took a PHLASH bus around. So this bus goes to about 20 locations around Philly downtown. The major locations such as Love Park and the Franklin library. it costs one dollar each time you get on and off. SInce it stops running and 5 and we boarded at 4-we decided to just sit in the bus and check out all the buildings that way. If you start early-for about 10 dollars per person-you can probably check out all the main locations.

  • 5. Amish Country
    Amish Country, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

    Amish Country is beautiful and YOU HAVE TO GO if you are in this part of the country. So since we had a rental (and why I suggested it earlier) we drove Thursday morning into Ephrata. This is a beautiful little town-and the downtown office is very helpful. We had some Italian ices and visited the flea market shop. After which we headed to Lititiz. Here is the famous Wilbur's Chocolate Museum and shop. Kids will LOVE it. After Lititz-we headed to Bird in Hand. Here is where the REAL Amish country lives. We saw lots of buggies and stopped off at an Amish bakery. its called the Bird in Hand Bakery and got lots of fresh goodies for home. I also bought a doll for only 10 dollars. A fun fun place with a petting zoo outside. Then we drove through Intercourse and back to Philadelphia!

  • 6. Wilbur Chocolate Co.
    Wilbur Chocolate Co., Lititz, Lancaster County

    GREAT fun for all chocolate lovers.

  • 7. Ephrata
    Ephrata, Lancaster County

    Fantastic little town.

  • 8. AmeriSuites Secaucus Meadowlands
    Hyatt Place Secaucus/Meadowlands, Secaucus, New Jersey

    We drove in here on Thursday night after lots of fun in Philadelphia and esp. Amish Country. The service is decent. Its being reconstructed into the Hyatt and the lobby is being worked on. The rooms we were told are already like the Hyatt. The bed was decent-not too comfy. The best reason to get this hotel-free parking, free continental breakfast (pretty good), and you can catch a bus right across the street that takes you into NY city. It takes you directly into the heart of NY. It goes through the Lincoln tunnel. The bus costs about $3.25 one way, and is about 15 cents cheaper if you buy round trip.

    I got this hotel as three star for 100 dollars a night on Priceline-choosing 3 star in the Secaucus/North Bergen area. BEST PLACE TO STAY when you want to see NY!