Whether you’re on a road trip or a business trip -– the City of Brotherly Love can be easily explored in 24 hours, even for those on a time constraint.
When to Go
The best time to visit Philadelphia is early winter when the tourist numbers dwindle and the hotel rates drop, especially if you’re visiting Philly on a budget. In the summer, not only do multitudes of tourists flock to the city center, but the heat and humidity become a hassle.
Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton hotel in Rittenhouse Square, has been stylishly converted from a 1929 Architect Institute building. With splendid views of the skyline from the 18th floor, each room offers dazzling design featuring original artworks.
Tucked away about a minute’s walk from Rittenhouse Square is a 19th-century carriage house renovated into a classy boutique hotel. The Rittenhouse 1715 offers haute British-style rooms adorned with traditional decor and marble bathrooms. Since most hotels in Philadelphia are located in the most happening part of the town, visitors will find no trouble in staying occupied.
Breakfast at Reading Terminal Market
Known to locals for the most delicious blueberry pancakes and apple dumpling in town, the Dutch Eating Place within this indoor farmers market is an ideal place to begin your day. For something more traditional, head to the Artisan Boulanger Patissier to savour exceptional croissants offered in different flavors.
Take a Stroll
With the 25-block grid system founded by William Penn, Philadelphia is easy to navigate. Stroll along Old City, which includes the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and a panoramic view of the city from the observation deck of City Hall. Sign up for a constitutional tour for an in-depth overview of the National Historic Park.
Lunch on the Go
You can’t leave the city without trying its staple dish – cheesesteak. For an authentic meal, head to Sonny’s famous steaks, just a few blocks from the Liberty Bell.
Delve into Philly’s History
A 10-minute walk from Independence Hall is the National Constitution Center, which houses the permanent exhibition of the U.S. Constitution. Also, venture out to Franklin Court where the famous Benjamin Franklin once lived.
Dine with the Locals
Named after the chef Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink offers small and large plates of food roasted in the wood-fired oven. If you’re in mood for a twist, try Vietnam’s BBQ platter and the vermicelli noodle bowls.
Late Night Pub-Hopping
To witness the dazzling nightlife of the city, head to Frankford Hall for the largest beer garden, a German-style pub with an outdoor courtyard.
For those midnight cravings, Geno’s and Pat’s offer cheesesteaks even in the wee hours of the morning until 3.a.m. Most bars in Philly close by 2.a.m, but if you decide to spend a night out, you can catch a splendid sunrise view from the SugarHouse Casino located right along the Delaware River.
Early Morning Promenade
Whether you climb up the 72 steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art or walk along the Schuylkill River, you’re rewarded with a splendid view of the city. You can even enjoy a great morning run at Fairmont Park, which is surrounded by 19th-century mansions and is also home to the Philadelphia Zoo.
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This post is published as part of the Hipmunk City Love Project.