A City Surrounded by Cities

Philadelphia, known affectionately as Philly, is not just Pennsylvania’s largest city but also a pivotal chapter in America’s historical narrative. From the iconic Liberty Bell to the bustling steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the city offers a perfect blend of historic relevance and urban modernity. Coupled with its strategic location along the Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, Philadelphia serves as an ideal starting point for exploring the broader region.

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Why Visit Philadelphia?

Philadelphia’s appeal lies in its seamless blend of past and present. It is a city where colonial architecture stands in harmony with skyscrapers, where world-class museums and vibrant street art paint a city rich in culture and diversity.

A Melting Pot of Dining Options

Food enthusiasts have long celebrated Philadelphia for its culinary scene and you'll find many restaurants on "Top 50 Best" lists. From the infamous Philly cheesesteak at Pat’s and Geno’s to upscale dining experiences in Center City or Fishtown, there’s something for everyone.

Truth be told, our favorite cheesesteak is Tony Lukes. Avoid anyone that tells you Dalessandro's. Anyway, for Instagram and experience purpose, buy one cheesesteak from Pat's and one from Geno's (If you didn't know, they are right across the street from each other). Chop them in half. Then pretend you're a top tier food critic and choose the winner.

Some of my top dining spots:

  • Pizzeria Beddia: The "best pizza in America" according to Bon Appétit and me.
  • LMNO: Upscale Mexican with a great vibe.
  • Kosta's: A dive bar with reasonable priced and tasty Greek food.
  • Her Place Supper Club: Food and Wine's "Best New Chef" list. Booking opens bi-weekly. You gotta be quick to lock this one in. 
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Must-Visit Attractions in Philadelphia

The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall

No visit to Philadelphia would be complete without exploring the birthplace of American democracy. The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed, are must-visit landmarks that offer a glimpse into America's founding. History can be boring, but do it for the IG post. 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rocky Steps

Art lovers and movie fans alike flock to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, not just for its extensive collections but also to recreate the iconic Rocky Balboa run up the museum steps. Let's get real, everyone does it for the latter. 

Reading Terminal Market: A Food Lover’s Paradise

This historic market offers a to of local, national, and international specialties, making it a perfect spot for brunch or an afternoon of culinary exploration. I recommend going on a weekday because it will be way less busy. 

Day Trips from Philadelphia via Amtrak

Philadelphia’s central location makes it a hub for travelers looking to explore the East Coast. Truly a city surrounded by cities.

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New York City: The Big Apple Awaits

Just a short Amtrak ride away, NYC offers endless attractions from Times Square to Central Park and Broadway shows.

Washington, D.C.: Dive into the Nation’s Capital

Explore the rich tapestry of American history by visiting the Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, and the U.S. Capitol.

Baltimore: Charm City's Unique Attractions

Discover Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, historic ships, and enjoy Maryland’s famous crab cakes, all within a brief train ride.

Atlantic City: A Beachside Escape

Known for its casinos and boardwalk, Atlantic City provides a perfect blend of beachside relaxation and entertainment.

April 18, 2024 — Scott Cymbor

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