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Positively Philadelphia: An Expert Traveler’s Insights

(Keith Bellows, photographed in the Hotel Monaco, on Independence Mall.  Credit: Lauren Lipton)

(Keith Bellows, photographed in the Hotel Monaco, on Independence Mall. Credit: Lauren Lipton)

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By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Keith Bellows is executive vice president of National Geographic Travel, and he’s been all over the world.

One of his latest books is 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life.  For Pennsylvania he chose Gettysburg, but he was in Philadelphia recently, checking it out for his next book.

And, he says, he loved the historic district.

“The Old City, the whole area around Chestnut, Market Street, is just a great place to walk,” he tells Positively Philadelphia.

But he says there’s much more to Philadelphia than just its historic sights.

“Too many people make the mistake of coming to a place and just doing the highlights.  The real thing to do is to wander, and allow yourself to be attracted to the things that most appeal to you,” he advises.

And Bellows says there are plenty of ways to enjoy Philadelphia.

“Find an outdoor café, just sit down and absorb the atmosphere.  And then talk to locals.”

That would be us.

“One of the things that’s so great about Philadelphia is, it is what it is.  It doesn’t put on airs, it doesn’t have to dress up.  People encounter a real city,” Bellows says.

And if you’re traveling with children this summer, he has a lot of advice to help you and them enjoy it:

“First of all, allow them to plan at least half the day.  Don’t make a kid go to a museum for more than 45 minutes.  Don’t take the point of view that ‘it’s good for you.’  You know, that’s not going to turn a child into a happy traveler, and you want a happy traveler.”

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And, for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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