What to do while visiting Philly
Philadelphia, the land of the Liberty Bell, the Declaration of Independence, and the Philly Cheesesteak. Situated between Washington, D.C. and New York City, Philadelphia is often overlooked as a travel destination in lieu of bigger cities. However, if you find yourself pining for a city steeped in history, charm, and adventure, you can certainly get your fill in Philadelphia.
Although obvious, a trip to Philadelphia warrants a stop at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and City Hall. The United States of America owes her roots to this city, and Philadelphians are proud to show it off to you. Take a tour through Independence Hall and imagine the great minds who walked those very halls as you, the history that was made there, and the future that was made possible. Be sure to try and make your way to a few of the dozens museums that Philadelphia boasts, especially the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology, which has one of the largest and most extensive collections of archaeological material in the United States.
After you learn about the American Revolution and a birth of a nation, you certainly will want to indulge in a traditional Philly Cheesesteak. While there is certainly no shortage of places to choose from, some establishments stand out from the rest. Jim’s Steaks, since 1939, is a local favorite of regional delicacy. Pat’s and Geno’s are two other eateries that skim the heels of Jim’s, close in competition. But honestly… with a sandwich as good as a Philly, you would be hard pressed to find a bad one.
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While on the topic of food, be sure to take a visit to Reading Terminal Market, just down the block from City Hall. This bustling stop will have your mouth watering before you get two feet inside. With eateries and little shops from all different interests, you will find whatever your heart desires. Reading Terminal Market is a tradition to locals and they are more than happy to share it with you!
Philadelphia is a city of many nations, all nestled together to form one eclectic and vibrant culture. The city’s Chinatown is one of my favorite areas in the city. The Friendship Arch on 10th street is a symbol of hope, pride, and, of course, friendship. The neighborhood originated in the mid 19th century by Cantonese immigrants and grew to be a vibrant, colorful, and immersive enclave of Philadelphia. The neighborhood is tightly packed with regions representing Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam (to just name a few!).
If you’re in need of something a little more relaxing, take a stroll along the Schuylkill River trail. The 30-mile trail which starts in center Philadelphia and ends in Parkerford, PA leaves you with plenty of sights and options to tackle. From the Philly skyline to Valley Forge, this trail is certain to lead you on a beautiful tour of the area.
The city of brotherly love does not fall short on culture, recreation, and leisure. The world is at your fingertips in this city, all you have to do is take it and enjoy.
Travel is fun, except for the part where you have to drag a couple of extra-large bags across the airport. But here’s the thing. You do not need to pack a bag full of stuff if you’re planning to spend only one to two nights out of town. To save you from a painful travel experience, here are some tips for packing light.
Packing light is not only about the number of clothing articles you are planning to fit in your bag. It’s also about what type of clothes you choose to bring. As much as possible, do not take bulky jackets and giant boots. If you’re planning to travel somewhere cold, opt for lightweight coats made of merino wool. Always consider thickness and weight for all items you are planning to take with you. To avoid overpacking, wear the stuff you need at your trip destination.
Small suitcases are lighter and easier to carry. It also gives you minimum space to allow you to bring only the essentials. This is a good thing because we all have a tendency to pack things we do not need and end up not using. Go for bags no bigger than the standard carry-on size. Aside from saving you from a lot of hassle, small suitcases also prevent over baggage fees. The logic is simple: downsize luggage size to force yourself to carry less.
Toiletries take up a lot of bag space. So, if you’re en route to a city marked with convenience stores mile per mile, there is no need to bring the entire bathroom with you! At your destination, spot the nearest 7/11 and get the stuff you need. You will surely save a lot of space and you would not have to carry heavy liquids in your bag that might end up in the bin.