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Spending A Weekend in Philadelphia

I have been to Philly a few times prior, but due to different circumstances I was never able to really explore the city. Due to my lack of exploring I really wanted to head back and seize that opportunity. For my birthday weekend I finally got to do just that. Taking a 2 hour road trip from New York I made spending a weekend in Philadelphia happen.

Spending A Weekend in Philadelphia www.hollydayz.com ©2016 HollyDayz

After settling in and getting some rest it was time to hit the streets. Only one slight problem, it decided to snow and rain, in April on my birthday. Other than that I had a great time. The city area of Philly reminds me of New York a bit because it was pretty walkable. Parking is pretty expensive as well. The couple of places we did park at cost between $20-$36 for only a couple of hours at some places to all day in and out parking at others.

Standing in front the Love Sign ©2016 HollyDayz
Standing in front the Love Sign ©2016 HollyDayz
Beautiful Architecture ©2016 HollyDayz
Beautiful Architecture ©2016 HollyDayz

The first thing we did after having a nice breakfast inside the hotel is walk around towards the LOVE sign, which was smaller than I thought for some reason. Also saw some beautiful architecture, statues, and an area where there were different types of oversized game pieces.

Benjamin Franklin ©2016 HollyDayz
Benjamin Franklin ©2016 HollyDayz
Cool game pieces ©2016 HollyDayz
Cool game pieces ©2016 HollyDayz

Eventually we had to head back to the hotel. My shoes and socks were pretty wet. So after changing that we headed back out. We drove over to The Liberty Bell and found parking on the street nearby. The line was a little long, but moved quickly and it was free to enter. While standing out there, there was much to read about African-American history that was so intriguing and insightful.

Liberty Bell ©2016 HollyDayz
Liberty Bell ©2016 HollyDayz

After going through security we began to walk around. Inside there was a lot of historical things to see. There was even more African-American history and more. There is much to learn and I would highly recommend going. The last thing to see is of course, The Liberty Bell. It is the real bell, because I asked. It looks much smaller than anticipated.

Tomb of the Unknown Solider of the American Revolution ©2016 HollyDayz
Tomb of the Unknown Solider of the American Revolution ©2016 HollyDayz

While headed back to the car we stumbled upon the Tomb of the Unknown Solider of the American Revolution. It was really nice and even with the crappy weather, the fire was still burning bright. It was time to head back towards the hotel which was right next to the Reading Terminal. The Reading Terminal is an indoor farmer’s market with all kind of amazing things inside. You can buy fresh meat, fresh fish, all types of cooked food, flowers, and so much more.

Some of the food from Tootsies ©2016 HollyDayz
Some of the food from Tootsies ©2016 HollyDayz

After roaming around a bunch I decided to get some soul food from Tootsies. There is also a sit down restaurant in Philly. I went some years ago and I enjoyed it. The food was still great! There was also a donut place with an extremely long line. I wanted to get some, but I had no interest in waiting on that line as hungry as I was. After eating and relaxing a bit we got dressed and headed to a sports bar to watch the Bradley v Pacquaio fight. That was a lot of fun, but I was exhausted.

Philly Cheesesteaks ©2016 HollyDayz
Philly Cheesesteaks ©2016 HollyDayz

The next day we headed to get a Philly Cheesesteak from Jim’s Steaks, which was recommended to us by many locals. I loved the atmosphere of the place and noticed that many celebrities have been and frequented this place. I realized why, the food was really good and filling. The two floored restaurant allowed for people watching while enjoying my food.

Rocky Statue ©2016 HollyDayz
Rocky Statue ©2016 HollyDayz

Next stop the Rocky Statue and Stairs. It is located right before the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There was a line to take a picture and some guys who stand there and will take the picture for you. Don’t get caught slipping them a couple of dollars to do so, they could go to jail. One guy got hauled off when someone told the cops. Afterwards I made a failed attempt of running up the steps because I was tired, but the view from the top was beautiful.

AMOR sign in front of the museum ©2016 HollyDayz
AMOR sign in front of the museum ©2016 HollyDayz

At the top was also an AMOR sign. One of the guards allowed us to walk around the Museum while we were there. The staff was very nice and extremely knowledgeable. One staff member walked around explaining so many different things to us about armor, swords, and more. You could hear how passionate he was.

There is so much more to see, do, and experience in Philadelphia. I look forward to going back as I had such a great time exploring and learning so many new things. There are also some food places I would like to try. I will be back soon Philly!

Have you ever been to Philadelphia? What did you do while you were there?

47 Comments

  • Natalie

    I haven’t been to Philadelphia in many years. While there, I also didn’t really get to explore. It looks like it’s a lot of fun!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was fun. Plenty to see and do.

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  • Carly Moore (@girloutofbounds)

    I love the big red letters, there seems to be a lot of signs like this all around the world!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I was excited to find them.

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  • adonisabril

    Never been to Philly but I bet you and everyone’s gonna tell me it’s not a Philly Cheesestake unless it’s from Philly 🙂 I love Philly Cheesestake sandwiches and it’s probably enough for me to go and visit. That and I’m a Rocak Balboa fan 🙂

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea, it is true. That is where you get the most authentic one. The Philly Cheesesteaks are delicious so you have to go so you can get one.

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  • Natasha Alden

    I love taking photos by all those “love” and “amor” signs – even if it can be touristy. I’ve seen a could things on Philly lately and now I’m itching to go!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was fun. Philly is great I would like to go back soon.

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  • Brianna

    I grew up near Philly so this city is close to my heart. I find something new every time I go back!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I am sure since there is so much to see and do.

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  • Curious Claire

    Philly is one of those places in the states i’m really looking forward to visiting one day

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a great city with a lot to offer.

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  • travelwith2ofus

    I have never been to Philly, but I have heard so much about the place. Of course if you are there you must have a Philly Cheesesteak , You are correct, somehow the love sign looks smaller.

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    • Holly Dayz

      The Philly Cheesesteak was delicious. OK see it isn’t just me then, good to know.

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  • shobha42016

    My kids had never heard of Rocky before we went to Philadelphia! So of course, they got a lesson in classics of film history and I sang the song while they ran up the stairs. Complete with the jump punching the air on the top step :-)) I videoed the whole thing and I’m embarrassed to say that you could hear my panting by the time we reached the top step (which the kids thought was hysterical).

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    • Holly Dayz

      I am not too surprised, just shows we are all getting older haha. You did better than me I was like forget this running lol

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  • Megan Claire (@mappingmegan)

    Thanks for the tour of Philly – I haven’t been, but it’s so close to New York that I think I should make a trip happen the next time I fly into the States 🙂

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    • Holly Dayz

      You should make a trip. You will enjoy it. The city has a lot to offer.

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  • Vicky and Buddy

    I spent a weekend in Philly a few years ago and I really loved it. There is so much history there! I think my favorite part was just walking around and taking it all in. And the cheese steaks!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a great city with a lot of history and character. There is a lot to take in. I am glad you had a great time there.

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  • Bryanna

    Philly is such an amazing city filled with so much history. I love how you can see the Liberty Bell for free! Thanks for all the great ideas on places to eat. Do you remember the name of the donut shop? We always try to go to one when we visit a city.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It really is! Me too. No problem, there are tons of great food to eat there. I don’t recall the name, but it is inside the Reading Terminal and pretty hard to miss with the longest line ever!

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  • MakeTime2SeeTheWorld (@VickiLouise86)

    Philly looks great – unfortunately I only got to drive through the city on my way to NYC. We saw the Rocky Statue and grabbed Philly Cheese Steak! Time to go back I think!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a great city. Hopefully you stop there next time you get the opportunity and really explore a bit.

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  • Passportsandgrub

    I’ve only been to philly traveling for work and never got the chance to explore the city so I will put philly on my list

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    • Holly Dayz

      The first few times I had been there I never got to explore so I understand. When I got to this time I really enjoyed it.

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  • Eva

    We love Philly! We try to make that a quick getaway every year. Very walkable city.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yes it is! Great city to explore, glad you make it an annual trip.

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  • staciesayzso

    Fun! I had a chance to visit Philly a few years ago but didn’t go. Your pics make me wish I had changed my mind.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I hope if you get the chance again you go. Great city.

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  • Danielle Des

    Philly is one of my favorite cities, so happy you enjoyed your time there! I haven’t seen the Liberty Bell live, so it was nice to hear your account and see the photo of what its like inside. Those lines are so intimidating!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I really did, I look forward to going back soon! The lines can be intimidating, but it moved pretty quickly and we were inside in no time.

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  • thatgirlcarmel

    I visited Philly years ago for an All Star Game, but I never really had the chance to explore the city. I’d love to go back someday soon, especially to explore its black history.

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    • Holly Dayz

      If you get the opportunity go back and explore. Much to see and learn.

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  • Tia @ FinanciallyFitandFab

    Looks like you had an amazing time in Philly! That Philly cheesestick looks delicious. I haven’t been in Philly since 2006 for a sorority conference.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was delicious. If I wasn’t content and filled I would have gotten another.

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  • Foodfashionandflow

    I went to philly years ago, but I was only passing through and didn’t get to see much, but it is on my hit list. It looks like your trip was awesome

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    • Holly Dayz

      Hopefully you can stop next time and see some of the great city. I enjoyed my time there.

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  • Kiwi

    The town of brotherly love. You know I will be honest the only reason why before I would consider going to Philly is for a cheesesteak (I know cliche) and to stand under the LOVE/AMOR sign. Your post was a good recap maybe I will look more into future travels.

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    • Holly Dayz

      There is so much more in Philly besides that and you should visit and see for yourself! Great city with lots to see, do, and learn.

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  • kereta sewa shah alam

    I was privileged to read your post. and I left a comment. so great to meet you. I’m “following” you. I hope you have a great weekend.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you, you as well.

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  • Valerie Robinson

    I always have a good time in Philly! Looks like you hit all the main attractions! Awesome recap!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a great city. I really enjoyed it. I tried to but I know there is much more.

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  • Zahra

    Food is definitely what attracts me to a place of travel. Philadelphia looks interesting and I would love to attend some day.

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    • Holly Dayz

      That is understandable. Philly has some really good food.

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  • sheenatatum

    I haven’t been to Philly but I’m def gonna get one of those Cheesesteaks. Oh my nom. *adds to travel list*

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