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    16 Mistakes Tourists Make When Visiting Philadelphia For The First Time

    Don’t waste your time waiting in line.

    1. Waiting in line to see any monument.

    2. Running up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps without going inside.

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    Speaking of Rocky, if you’re going to make your way up the 72 steps to the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, you’d better take advantage of the splendors inside the building.

    3. Skipping Reading Terminal Market.

    4. Only exploring in Historic Philadelphia and Center City.

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    Yes, these are two tourist-friendly neighborhoods, but the best restaurants, parks, and music venues reside in neighborhoods like Bella Vista, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Germantown, and Chestnut Hill.

    5. Not wearing walking shoes.

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    Philly is an extremely walkable city and is best enjoyed on foot (or on the back of an Indego bike share) — you can spot cute boutiques and watering holes that way. Strap into your modest footwear, people!

    6. And while we're on the topic: walking slow.

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    Similarly, walking more than two abreast on our narrow sidewalks. A major no-no for any city, but please mind the sidewalk!

    7. Overlooking quirky museums like The Mütter and the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site.

    8. Only trying the cheesesteaks from Pat’s and Geno’s.

    9. Or sticking to cheesesteaks in general.

    10. Taking a horse carriage tour.

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    The tours are expensive and only take you through a small area of the city. Plus, the poor horses!

    11. Eating at overpriced tourist traps.

    12. Drinking coffee from any major chain.

    13. Assuming Philadelphians don’t contain multitudes.

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    Yes, we consume foods other than cheesesteaks. No, we’re not all defensive sports fans.

    14. Opting for hoity-toity bars instead of our famed watering holes.

    15. Waiting for a table during brunch rush.

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    Philly has so many great restaurants that it’s not worth your time waiting for a table at only one. (Plus, no single brunch offering really stands out among the rest.) Pop into South Philadelphia Taproom, Café y Chocolate, or Dew Inn for a no-fuss experience.

    16. Paying money to see the city skyline.

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    While you could pay to get a bird’s-eye view of the city, you can get pretty skyline views for free from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, South Street Bridge, and more.