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Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia

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Get an up-close look at one of the nation's oldest residential streets at Elfreth's Alley, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Head to the narrow cobbled lane and wander among its antique row houses dating from as far back as 1728. Admire the brick construction of the 32 historic colonial-era homes and explore the area, replete with reenactors, shops, and other businesses. You can even stop by the local museum to learn more about the street's past both before and after the United States' independence. Using our world travel planner, Philadelphia attractions like Elfreth's Alley can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Most of Philadelphia's hotels cluster around the compact city center, ensuring quick and easy access to major tourist sights and activities. The only drawback to staying in this area is the lack of free parking, so if you're exploring by car, considering booking into a bed and breakfast in one of the city's residential blocks. Visitors planning on longer stays can also consider several apartment hotels, offering spacious furnished units with complimentary Wi-Fi, free bike rentals, and access to rooftop terraces.
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  • Definitely a place to visit in Philly. Old houses with lots of character, great photo back drop. Don't miss the little courtyard offshoot from a even smaller shaded alley.  more »
  • Take some time and check this out. Very charming little alley. best to go early morning to avoid crowds on nice days. Very picturesque.  more »
  • Elfreth's Alley is the oldest residential street in the US and people still live in these homes. It definitely deserves a quick visit, as there isn't a lot to do there but it is interesting to see hou...  more »
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  • Went to the Fete day open house. It was very informative. It's part historical and part interior design. You get to see places the lower and middle classes lived since colonial times and at the same time see what people have done with these small spaces.
  • Quaint and oft-overlook piece of American and Philadelphian history. Many lifelong city residents don't know about this important strip. Not worth coming down to see on its own, but definitely worth a walk-through next time you're in the area.
  • Very neat to visit, homes are in great shape for their age. I've never seen a row of homes so well preserved. For sure worth a quick walk through.
  • I had the pleasure of living here for six months. Every day brought new visitors, and the tour guides would always have interesting facts about this historic street. It's possible that I photobombed you as you photographed the houses
  • I live in the neighborhood so I walk through here all the time. I love the tiny alley and how cozy it is. Lots of interesting historical things here too. Definitely a good place to check out in the city.