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If you're going to be in Philly this weekend and are looking for something fun to take the kids to (or you just happen to really love train stations), then here's something to add to the ol' itinerary. 30th Street Station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of 200 stations celebrating National Train Day this Saturday May 11th.
The theme of this year's event, which will be taking place simultaneously in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington DC (just to name a few), is "trains matter." Well, duh. We could've told you that!
Still, the event offers Amtrak an opportunity to bask in its own glory for a brief moment, and celebrate the 31.2 million passengers who used the national rail service in 2012.
Last year, Philly's 30th Street Station hosted a day-long event with model train displays, giveaways, and culinary demonstrations of meals served in Amtrak dining cars—so you can expect much of the same this year. Additionally, the station will be offering tours of private luxury railcars, in case you've never been in one of those before.
Regardless, 30th Street Station is a must-see train station, and one of our favorites that we've traveled through. Not only is it the second most active station in the entire US, its gorgeous main terminal is on par with that of Grand Central, in terms of soaring ceilings, giant windows, and the pleasant hum of commuters shuffling by all day long. There's even a KAWS statue at one end of the terminal!
Several hotel chains and tourism boards across the country are jumping on the Oscar bandwagon this week, but if you really want to immerse yourself in the world of a Best Picture nominated film, The Hotel Palomar Philadelphia has the package for you.
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If you’re looking to move your Chinatown bus travel from one carrier to another—then we’ve got good news—as it looks like another low cost bus line is hitting the market. They’re calling it YO! and it looks like that things have been running now for a few months. So if you’re looking for an affordable way to get from here to there, it just might be worth taking them for a spin.
YO!—that name and stylization is already getting annoying—is apparently an offering from both Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Line, as they’re joining forces to bring the bus to one and all. According to them the new bus name comes from the pronunciation of a Chinese word that means “to protect,” so maybe they’ll be focused on safety as well as just speed, cost, and convenience.
This weekend the Budweiser Made In America Festival kicks off on the Ben Frankin Parkway in Philadelphia's Fairmont Park and, surprisingly, there are still single-day and general admission passes available.
The concert will feature 30 performances curated by Jay-Z who is also one of the festival headliners. Other acts performing on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 include Pearl Jam, Run DMC, The Hives, Chris Cornell, Jill Scott, Afrojack, and Drake.
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So you've checked into bookstores, bars, beaches and maybe even individual boats, but that's still not specific enough for the location-based social app Foursquare. Now, Pennsylvania, the state that was first to join up with Foursquare years ago has become the first to offer official art piece venues, meaning you can check into a masterpiece (and win something!).
The focus is on Philadelphia and its Museum Miles that encompasses the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation; these plus other Philly-area institutions have pinpointed a total of 12 works of art designated as official Foursquare check-in venues. Currently, the Seurat painting above is winning with most check-ins, but you've still got until September 1 to get in on the game.
Simply check into the masterpieces and push the checkin, plus the hashtag #withartphl, to Twitter to get in the running for the grand prize of a hotel night in Philly, tickets to the museums and a Barnes Foundation membership.
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Yesterday Jay-Z announced he will curate and headline the first-ever Budweiser Made in America Music Festival, which will take place from Sept. 1-2 in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.
The festival will feature nearly 30 acts “that embody the American spirit”, and might even include President Obama.
Tomorrow, geeks from around the country will descend on Philly for the second annual Philadelphia Science Festival.
The fest, which runs from April 20 to 29, 2012, offers science-centric events and festivities for everyonefrom sports fans to foodies.
Below are a few of the this year's highlights:
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It's the most wonderful time of the year—or at least that’s how the song goes—so what better way to celebrate the season than by downing a few cold ones. The winter ales and lagers have arrived, and it's almost time to enjoy each and every one of them. Pumpkin ales are shelved and there's more winter fun to be had in 2012, but for the remainder of 2011 here’s where to find some of the best seasonal beer festivals:
· Holiday Ale Festival 2011 – Portland, Oregon:
The very best of the bunch might just be in Portland, Oregon, as the annual Holiday Ale Festival is set to arrive in Pioneer Courthouse Square between November 30 and December 4. That’s right—there’s five total days in which to celebrate, and even if you attend each day you’ll probably miss a beer here or there. In total there are more than 40 breweries expected to be in attendance, and they’re bringing stuff you won’t find at the grocery store or bodega. We’re already thinking about Papa Noel’s Moonlight Reserve from Alameda Brewing and Drunken Elf Stout from Columbia River Brewing—although the Chocolate Mint Stout from Gilgamesh Brewing is tempting too.
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It's a damned shame that no US airport boasts one of the funky, sleep-at-the-airport Yotels. Those things are amazing. Instead, travelers faced with delayed flights and long nights at the airport have to spring for an airport-area business hotel or a Holiday Inn Express when they likely don't need all those amenities. Just a good sleep is all some people want, and luckily a few Minute Suites are slowly popping up at airports like
PHL just opened their mini-hotel of 13 Minute Suites and 2 workstation cubicles, the second Minute Suites after the original at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Here's the deal:
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In the wild, the sight of a king cobra raised in a full warning stance has been known to stop elephants in their tracks. That makes sense, since a king cobra's bite releases enough venom to kill even elephants, and so most animals tend to give them a wide berth. Not us humans though. We take the animalswhich are the world's largest venomous snakesput them in zoos, and keep them behind really really thick glass. Because we're creative that way.
The system only works, though, as long as we mange to keep the cobras behind the glass. If you tried to get into the Bronx Zoo's Reptile House over the last few weeks, you know that doesn't always happen. It works most of the time, but sometimes things go awry, giving rise to mild panic and clever Twitter accounts. The Bronx Zoo cobra Mia is back in her enclosure of course, but in case you're still curious, here's...
Three Other Famous Zoos with Their Own Cobras:
For better or for worse, we’ve been in and around our fair share of international airports and we definitely have our favorites. Unfortunately Philadelphia’s airport is not in our top five..or ten...or twenty (you get the picture). That’s why we were excited to hear about the $5.2 billion in renovations, expansions, and Sbarro locations that the airport will be getting over the next several years.
Most of the cost comes from all the updates and upgrades that they’ll be adding to the airport’s runways. The Federal Aviation Administration just gave its stamp of approval to the whole project, but unfortunately things will be a work in progress for the next 12 to 15 years. To help decrease congestion and airline delays, two of the airport's runways will be getting additional space, and they’re even planning to build a fifth runway right along the Delaware River.
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Thanksgiving is all about the food, but plain old turkey and all of the trimmings can get boring. This year, change it up by adding some unconventional but possibly delicious Turkey Day dishes into the mix, including the most insane cake you've ever seen. You may never go back to the typical Thanksgiving dinner again.
Check out three places that offer crazy alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving dishes after the jump.