My cousin came to visit us from San Diego over New Years and had never been to the east coast. There’s enough to see in New York you could spend a month visiting all the tourist hot spots but he wanted to make the most of his time and wanted to see a little more than just NYC. We decided to wake up extra early on Saturday and take a historical mini road trip! Our first stop: PHILADELPHIA!! If you only have a few hours to explore this historical gem like we did here are the top 5 places I’d recommend seeing.
1. The Liberty Bell
I flew in and out of Philadelphia nearly everyday for 3 years but had only explored the city just a small handful of times before. The last time I had tried seeing the Liberty Bell I only had a few hours before a friends wedding and the line was too long to get inside. This time we were pleasantly surprised to find no line and no charge! That’s right, for January and February the National Parks Service doesn’t charge the normal entry fee! After learning that the large crack the bell is famous for was caused by trying to repair a smaller crack we headed across the street to Independence Hall.
2. Independence Hall
3. Run the Rocky Steps
We wanted to see the monuments in DC this day also so to save time I had let my cousin just jump out of the car to get a photo on the steps. A friendly man at the top of the steps offered to snap a photo for him so he accepted…. This effort to save a few dollars and time parking ended up costing him TWENTY dollars! Once the man had started taking photos and kept telling him to pose in different ways my cousin knew he’d have to give the guy a few bucks… the problem arose when he realized he only had twenties in his wallet and by this point the guy still had his phone and was getting a little pushy about expecting a tip… Travel tip: park the car and take your friends photos, it’ll cost everyone a lot less in the long run 😉
4. Walk through Reading Terminal Market
As I already mentioned we were trying to see the highlights of Philadelphia AND DC this day so we were very tight on time. We didn’t get to stop at the Reading Terminal Market but when I had explored Philly a few years ago with a friend while we had the whole day to kill before a flight to Italy this had been our favorite spot we had stopped.
5. Eat a Cheese Steak
After the incident at the Rocky Steps we were both ready to get something to eat, a little quick research for the best cheese steak in Philly had us headed across town to grab a sandwich before continuing on our way to Washington DC. This truly was the BEST cheese steak I had ever had!