Last night we arranged for a free shuttle to pick us up this morning at our hotel. We figured that it would be easier to take the shuttle, since parking can be difficult and expensive in the city. The shuttle was provided by the trolley company free of charge, provided that we bought tickets for their tour. Seconds after we entered the shuttle, the driver abruptly asked me how I was going to pay for my tickets. I gave him my credit card, he swiped it and we were on our way.
Yesterday we pulled into Philadelphia around nightfall. We are staying by the airport which is about ten miles outside the center of the city. In my extensive online research, I read that the area surrounding our hotel is a little shady, but since the residential areas are over a mile away, everything turned out alright. Our hotel sits among a dozen or so others just outside the airport and the area felt pretty safe. Compared to staying inside the city, we got great value from staying out by the airport!