For the last few days of May, my mom and I took a quick trip to Philadelphia. (Quick in that we didn’t stay long, not that it was quick to get there!) She is a serious planner, so I stayed out of the plan making and just enjoyed what she arranged. Philadelphia is a historic city and that was the focus of our trip.
The historic area is easily walkable; everything is basically within a few blocks. We stayed at the Wyndham hotel in the historic district. It was very conveniently located with friendly and helpful desk staff. The room was comfortable enough, but lacked a bit in cleanliness. Specifically, I found a few hairs in the sheets on my bed. The sheets looked clean and maybe the hairs just went through the wash and were stuck to the sheets, but regardless I don’t want to find hair in my bed!
On our first day, we saw the Liberty Bell. It is housed in the Liberty Bell Center and you go through a museum-like section before you get to the bell. Admission is free, no tickets required, and although there was a line it actually moved pretty fast. Honestly, I wasn’t that impressed with the displays leading up to the bell. I never found basic information on the bell, like when and where it was cast (though it is explained on the website). Maybe that information was there, but we never saw it. Still, if you go to Philly, you need to see the bell. It’s just the American thing to do!
We also went to the US Mint where coins are made. Admission is free and you can look in at the factory as you walk through the self-guided tour. We went through quickly as it was the end of the day, but unless you’re really interested in the details of how coins are made, a quick trip through is sufficient.
You can’t go to Philly and not eat a Philly cheesesteak, so that was our main meal of the day. We went to Campos, a deli a few blocks from our hotel. I’m a semi-vegetarian, but I do eat chicken sometimes, so I opted for the chicken option and my mom had the regular one. They also have a vegetarian option. The cheesesteaks were really large so we each saved half to snack on later in our hotel room.
After a 6 am flight, we were pretty tired and eager to relax. We went back to our room, washed off all the travel/airport grime, and watched Netflix until bed time.
Stay tuned for day two in the next post!
Have you ever been to Philly, or are you from there? What is your favorite thing to do or see in the city? Leave a comment and let me know!