Walking Philadelphia: 30 Walking Tours Exploring Art, Architecture, History, and Little-Known Gems (Paperback)
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Get to know the city's most vibrant and historic neighborhoods. Grab your walking shoes and become an urban adventurer. Award-winning journalist Natalie Pompilio guides you through 30 unique walking tours in this comprehensive guidebook. Go beyond the obvious with self-guided tours that showcase famed fare (such as cheesesteaks, pretzels, and beer that make Philadelphia a foodies' paradise), as well as vintage boutiques, high-end shopping destinations, and one-of-a-kind local goods. Discover Philadelphia's many "Firsts: " the first zoo, first library system, and first hospital, plus dozens of historic sites you learned about in school. Explore a Museum District that's second to none, an all-encompassing park system, America's Most Historic Square Mile, and much more. Walking Philadelphia is the only guide to the city that makes you feel like you're being led by your smartest, closest, funniest friend. The tours not only include all the important historic facts and figures, but Natalie also shares behind-the-scenes stories and tidbits that you'll later rush to tell others. It's recommended for locals, as well as tourists, promising something for everyone.
About the Author
A proud Jersey girl at heart, Natalie Pompilio has embraced almost everything Philadelphia. (She'll never give up her New York sports teams, though!) She loves soft pretzels with mustard, cobblestone streets, her row house home and neighbors, streets so narrow a car can't pass, the hammocks at Spruce Street Harbor Park, and the singing fountain on Passyunk Avenue. Her favorite way to travel the city is using the Indego bike share. Inspired by muralist Isaiah Zagar, she has completed multiple mosaics in her neighborhood with the blessing of property owners. She loves reading above most things and is a frequent visitor to the Charles Santoro branch of the Philadelphia Free Library system. If she's not in Philadelphia, you'll probably find her in New Orleans, where she rides with the Krewe of Muses during Carnival season. She's crafty--not in the way the Beastie Boys sang about, but in the way that she could probably build you a house with a hot-glue gun.