Want to go to Philly but don’t know how you’re going to cram it all in? Here’s a robust itinerary that’ll have you feeling like a seasoned Philly visitor in no time.
8:00 Grab some breakfast at Reading Terminal Market. This is one of the most popular spots for locals and visitors alike because it’s basically an indoor farmer’s market of sorts. There are dozens of restaurants and food stalls to choose from, and many of them are local favorites.
9:30 Walk over to the ornate city hall, the William Penn statue above it and the bustle coming in and out of one of the busiest train stations, the 15th & Market Street stop. Dilworth Park is also here; in the winters there are skating rinks and Christmas villages set up. And in the summers, farmer’s markets, movies and music.
10:00 Walk across the street to the Love Park & JFK Plaza to take your classic Philadelphia photo in front of the LOVE sign. Walk further down to Benjamin Franklin Parkway to observe a moment of silence at the Holocaust Memorial Plaza. Then take a walk around the world by taking in the international country names & flags lining Ben Franklin Parkway.
If you’re interested in architecture, swing by Philly’s very own Cathedral Basilica.
10:30 Head over to the One Liberty Observation Deck. There you’ll find one of the best views of Philadelphia that’s publicly available.
If you have time, or don’t like shopping, check out the frequently visited Rittenhouse Square park nearby and people watch.
12:30 Lunch time! Philly is a foodie’s dream city. There are so many options to choose from, for reasonable prices (vs other major east coast cities) and all within walking distance or a short Lyft/Uber ride away. Our recommendation? Head down to South Philly and get familiar with the famous cheesesteak.
All 3 should be good – just go wherever has the shortest line and whatever you do, don’t get yours with cheese-whiz. Please.
3:00 Head back in-land, starting on Front Street & Walnut. Check out the:
- Museum of the American Revolution
- Merchant Exchange Building
- The 18th Century Garden
- The Old City Hall
- Independence Hall
- And end at the famous Liberty Bell
- Noteworthy mentions:
5:00 Once you’ve had your fill of history, head over to the residential Washington Square West neighborhood, where you can see red brick townhomes & apartments in various styles. You can also check out the infamous Philadelphia Magic Gardens. (It’s not actually a garden; see for yourself!)
9:00 Walk through the scenic and historic University of Pennsylvania campus. This campus is an architecture-nerd’s treat; it’s filled with a variety of buildings filled with stories of their own and plaques explaining the university’s history as one of the nation’s first collegiate charters (1755), graduate its first class (1757), establish the first medical school in the American colonies (1765) and become the first American institution of higher education to be named a university (1779).
Then, reward yourself for all your walking with a trip to Insomnia Cookies – one of the best baked cookies in the nation. Visit their UPenn location or one of their center city locations; they’re open til 3am!
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