Quick! You’ve got 24 hours in a fun city, all by yourself, what do you do? How do you decide when there is so much to see, do, and eat?
Step 1: Create a master list. Off the top of your head, and maybe with some assistance from good old Google, figure out all the things to do in your next vacation spot. This will give you a good guide for the next step.
Step 2: Determine your priorities. If you know that you absolutely must see the local art museum when you have free time, put that at the top of your list. Then move through the list and cross off anything that you can probably get away with not seeing, at least this time around.
Step 3: Map it out! This, I would argue, is the most important and often overlooked step. If the things you want to do are all on opposite ends of the city, it’s going to either be a long day of walking, or a really frustrating day waiting for the bus to show up. If you can consolidate your must-dos to a confined area, it will make your travels all the easier.
One of the (many) fun things we LCs get to do is explore new cities! While I have visited Philadelphia a few times before now, my most recent visit was the first time I was able to see the city on my own terms. Curious about what I absolutely must do when I’m in the City of Brotherly Love for a day? Look no further!
See: The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an absolute must see when you are next in Philly. Not only is a wide variety of artwork housed here, including one of Van Gogh’s versions of Sunflowers, but the steps up the front of the museum were made famous in the Rocky Balboa films as well. The museum also is home to even more art history with works by Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet. Regardless of your favorite era in the wide world of art, there is sure to be something you can appreciate, both new and old.
Do: What better way to enjoy Philadelphia than to walk down Benjamin Franklin Parkway? Both a scenic boulevard, with parks and trees lining your path, as well as a main thoroughfare through one of the largest and most historic cities in America, this walk is not only a great way to see the city, it’s also a great distraction from all the exercise you’re getting while doing it! From Philadelphia City Hall, you’ll pass by flags of every country in the world, the famous LOVE statue, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, plus Logan Square and the Swann Memorial fountain, all leading you to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This is really a one stop shop for many sights in Philly, and a fun way to spend the afternoon.
Eat: Since 1893, Reading Terminal Market has been a source of food for the people of downtown Philadelphia. Originally built underneath the Reading Railroad train station, the marketplace has grown and changed many, many times over its history. Today, visitors and locals alike can walk around from shop to shop, purchasing items from candy, to fresh fish, to breakfast sandwiches cooked fresh right in front of them. This is absolutely the place to eat when you are in Philly, as you can find just about anything, all under one roof, and all part of Philadelphia’s history.
Sometimes, the weather during your visit may not be ideal, or you get lost on your way to your next destination, so remember, it’s all one big adventure, and you really can’t go wrong!
Yours in Exploration,