Welcome to Philadelphia, here you will take a real journey through history. This beautiful city is full of color, art, anecdotes and many more things. If you are looking forward to travelling to Philly, I would love to share with you some of my favorite places during my road trip to this astounding place. Even though Philly is known for Rocky and the Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, there is a lot more under that statement. If you are planning to go to Philadelphia, before the winter comes, here are some tips you should know before you get there. I hope you enjoy!
Discover the Liberty Bell
The bell is a real symbol of freedom and liberty not just for Philadelphia but for America. You will learn a really interesting part of Pennsylvania history during your visit to the Independence National Historic Park. Go ahead and take the best picture.
Tour at Independence Hall
This is the birthplace of the United States of America. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you have tons of alternatives to explore because its history is just endless and fascinating. A definitely must, where you won’t stop learning. Also, be ready for long walks, wear some comfortable clothes and take your camera with you.
Get lost at the Reading Terminal Market
This place is pretty awesome and the paradise for foodies. Also known as America’s oldest Farmer’s Market, this beautiful place has too many options for those who want to treat themselves with the best Philly food. This space provides open seating and more than 30 restaurants. Really impressive huh?
Enjoy the magical architecture of the city
The streets of Philadelphia have something magical, something that makes you feel like you can travel through time, something that reminds you the importance of history and those who are no longer here. Its classic urbanity, the stunning tree line blocks and the amazing old buildings make this city perfect for walking and shooting some nice pictures. If you have plenty of time, get lost in the neighborhoods and keep your eyes open to the little details. As Bruce Springsteen says: “I walked the avenue till my legs felt like stone, on the streets of Philadelphia”.
Visit the museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
This part of the city is also called Philadelphia’s most artistic mile. If you are visiting Philly, you need to go to any of the museums on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, it’s totally worth it.
Find the perfect perspective of the City Hall
The largest municipal building in the United States, Philadelphia’s City Hall, is one of the most important buildings in the city. Also, it has been the home for Philadelphia government for over 100 years. You can snap a great picture of your vacations on South Broad Street.
Love and Amor sculpture
Not as big as the one in NYC, but this cute sculpture is one of the most attractive things in Philadelphia, located in John F. Kennedy plaza. In the same route you will find the Spanish version of the sculpture at the Sister Cities Park, Amor.
Enjoy the local food
In Philly there are too many options for both vegans and non-vegans. You can find the very popular Philly cheesesteak everywhere and enjoy it with the best local beers at amazing breweries. As a vegan, I highly recommend ‘Charlie was a sinner’ a really great spot totally plant based, with good drinks and wonderful hip decoration, the place itself is really beautiful (Don’t forget to try the dessert). Also, places as Wiz Kid, where I tried the Philly cheesesteak (Yes, totally vegan) is just one of the most amazing places to eat a good meal and have a drink while on vacation.
Go back in time through the Eastern State Penitentiary
If you go to Philly you really have to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary. This old jail is America’s most historic prison and was once the most famous in the world. The architecture of the prison stays just as it was before and if you take the tour, you will learn what was like to be at prison hundreds of years before. This creepy but interesting place is one of the most incredible parts of Philadelphia history. You definitely must go!
Sometimes we think the best trips are those you have been planning for months and everything is systematically organized. Well, not always seems to be like that, even the most spectacular places could be not as fun as you think if you don’t go at the right time, with the right people at the right place. This mini adventure was as improvised as it could be for me; however, I could see the most amazing places there and can’t wait to come back. I just wish I could have more time to visit more places and learn a little bit more, you know?
Have you ever been to Philly? What would you add to my list? I would love to hear from you. Thank you and have a wonderful day.