• Caitlin McAninch

Escape to Philadelphia, PA

Updated: Feb 16, 2019

All I've ever known of Philadelphia is just what I've seen from that ridiculous tv show my fiancé likes to watch. So when I had the opportunity to spend the weekend in Philly, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Turns out, it's an absolutely awesome city and now one of my favorites!

Our hotel was right in Logan Square, facing the Swann Memorial Fountain (see above pic) and overlooking the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. On our first evening in town, we spent most of the time walking around the square and looking for somewhere to eat. We found a small Irish type bar to eat at, which was great.

On Saturday morning, we took off down Benjamin Franklin Parkway towards the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you don’t know where that is, picture Rocky. It's the giant stairs that lead up to the museum that he runs up in the film! And just like in the movie, I ran up those stairs to the top!! I did skip the long line to get my picture taken with the Rocky statue, though. Maybe next time!

Later we headed to Independence National Historical Park where you can see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Constitution was signed.

Because I really love to do the corny touristy things and I wanted to see the entire city, we took one of those double-decker red tour buses. They may be strange and filled with old people, but I truly don’t think there is an easier way to see a city! They drive you to every single important place! We passed Betsy Ross’ house, Chinatown, the AMAZING Philadelphia City Hall, the Eastern State Penitentiary and many more awesome places. I mean, check out these pictures or check out this blog post to learn more.

For lunch I had to have a Philly Cheesesteak. We got off the red tour bus to go to Jim’s Steaks, which is one of the best-rated places in town. I couldn’t believe how good it was, and looking back I crave the sandwich now! So. Good.

Speaking of food, I learned that Philadelphia is known for their gelato. So we had to stop for that, too. I now have discovered that coconut gelato is my all time favorite ice cream. It was amazing!

There are two things about Philadelphia that really stick out to me. The first is all the art. Our tour guide explained that to us that any construction project in the city has to allocate 10% of its budget to art, so either a sculpture, mural, etc. near the new building. So when you drive around, there is art everywhere.

The second is the preserved history. When I went to New York City, my tour guide pointed out a building, and said, “That was a bar that George Washington gave a speech in,” and in its place is now a bank or something. But in Philadelphia, they have preserved so much of the historic buildings that it all can still be visited. For example, I got to go to Benjamin Franklin’s old house, and see his old toilet. It’s all there, and I think that’s just really, really cool.

I think this weekend was one of my best getaways. Philadelphia is definitely a really cool city, and I highly recommend it!

Have you been to Philadelphia? What did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Philadelphia, PA

Distance: 2,660 miles

Driving Time: 1 day 13 hours

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