Dear New York City,
We love you, but sometimes it’s great to escape your tremendous skyscrapers to explore the surrounding states.
This weekend, I had that exact plan in mind and hopped on a bus to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Yay road trip! 🙂
Roughly 80 miles from the Big Apple, Philly was the “meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the nation’s Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and the Constitution on September 17, 1787.” (source)
Because I had never been to Philly before, I was extremely surprised that certain aspects of the city really resembled NYC!
Doesn’t the building on the left look like Grand Central Terminal and the building on the right resemble the Chrysler Building?
Obviously I’ve been in NYC a bit too long to be making these references! 🙂
The gorgeous, castle-like building is actually the Philadelphia City Hall and the skyscraper is called Liberty Place.
Philly also somewhat follows the NYC “Grid System” — the Street numbers increase the further West you walk. For example they read: 14th Street, 13th Street, 12th Street, etc. This layout is super easy to navigate if you hop-off the bus to explore the city!
Reading Terminal Market is a popular farmer’s market in the heart of the city known for their fresh produce, baked goods and of course… Philly Cheesesteaks.
Highly recommend the Roast Pork Cheesesteak with Greens from Tommy Dinic’s!
Add some banana peppers & spicy mustard to your sandwich and it will seriously change your life.
What I also absolutely loved about Philly were the multiple public fountains scattered throughout the city.
As you can see, they were just about on every street corner!
Other places of interest in Philly:
- Liberty Bell
- Independence Hall
- Laid back restaurants and bars along 13th Street
- Gorgeous running path along Kelly Drive
Interested in day trips from NYC?
Click here to check out our Philadelphia and Amish Country Tour from New York City.