48 Hours in Philadelphia

December 8, 2016 9:00 pm by Karla Ramos
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A two day tour in the City of Brotherly Love

What’s not to like about Philadelphia? The city boasts of its magnificent blend of historic and modern architecture, remarkable history, wide assortment of delectable delicacies and convivial atmosphere. Philadelphia is undeniably everything a tourist can dream of. To have the best Philadelphia experience, a good itinerary is a must as there is just so much to see and do in this renowned city.

Philadelphia’s grid street design is easy to navigate. You can get around by walking. For distant places, you can either purchase the $12 Individual Independence Pass from SEPTA for a full-day unlimited travel or you can take a cab. If you prefer taking a cab, you must not forget to download the UBER and LYFT mobile apps.

DAY 1

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Taking a Stroll in Elfreth Alley

Your first visit should be at the great Old City Philadelphia where several historical sites are found. Near the Delaware River is the oldest neighborhood, Elfreth’s Alley. The quaint houses will make you feel as though you’ve travelled back in time. Next stop is the Gregorian-style Carpenters Hall, a significant meeting place in the earlier times. Make sure to visit the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Center for the notable symbol of American Independence.

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Have a pleasant lunch in a colonial setting at the City Tavern Restaurant. The hauntingly delicious food and wonderful ambience are worth every penny. After a hearty meal, it’s time for you to check into your preferred hotel. It’s good to stay at the heart of the city so that you’re accessible to everything.

Once you’ve settled down, go for an afternoon walk at the Rittenhouse Square. This beautiful park is an oasis in a bustling city. Enjoy the cool air while feasting your eyes on the gorgeous sculptures, fascinating landscape and spontaneous performances from street entertainers.

Before heading to your next destination, have your dinner at the award-winning Vernick Food & Drink. From great customer service to sumptuous delicacies, this top-class restaurant will surely give you an incredible dining experience. It’s best to book a reservation since it always gets full.

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From Vernick, get a ride and head to The Boathouse Row. The astonishing houses you’ll find there are illuminated at night which makes it a very stunning scene. The Boathouse Row is best viewed across the Schuylkill River.

DAY 2

Start the day by running up the iconic Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Even if you’re not a fan of the Rocky Balboa film, the scenic view will surely captivate you. Don’t forget to take a picture with the iconic Rocky Statue as a memento. While you’re in the area, you might want to check out the museum for a fee of $20.

Not far from it is The Rodin Museum. It features Auguste Rodin’s exceptional sculptures such as the Gates of Hell and the Rose Beuret. Admission to the museum is on a  ‘Pay-What-You-Wish’ basis, truly worth a visit!

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Grab lunch at the well-loved public market, the Reading Terminal Market. From shopping to binge eating, this place has everything under one roof. With so many restaurants, there’s always something to satisfy any craving.

Whether you’re in for a paranormal expedition or just for a snapshot adventure, the Eastern State Penitentiary is a must-see. Considered as the world’s first prison, the history-rich complex is preserved to its original form, giving every visitor a nostalgic experience. For $14, you’ll get an audio device that will guide you through the facility and explain the penitentiary’s history.

Your trip is incomplete without dining at the home of the best cheesesteak Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop. The restaurant only uses the finest ingredients to make their premium cheesesteak. The roll is fresh and slightly toasted. The flavor of the meat, onions and cheese blended perfectly.

After a great dinner, have fun at Frankford Hall. This famous German-style beer garden is only a few steps away from Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop. Enjoy your huge glass of beer with a few ping pong and board games to keep you entertained.

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