On my fall break from college, my boyfriend and I drove to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here’s what we did:
The Drive There
We left at 3:00 a.m. for the nine hour drive. We packed our clothes, homework, cooler, and snacks the night before.
We took turns driving, switching when we were about to cross into Maryland.
The route we took to Philly took us on the Turnpike through nearly all of Pennsylvania (Here’s a hint: the turnpike has expensive tolls, so try to avoid it).
We passed Gettysburg and Hershey’s, we could have stopped, but didn’t because we had both been and wanted to get to Philly!
After traffic, we arrived around two, and our dinner reservations weren’t until six. We freshened up and took a walk down Avenue of the Arts and around City Hall.
Aware of my love for the French culture and food (read all of my pieces from France here!), my boyfriend made us reservations at Bistrot La Minette.
This restaurant highly recommended- definitely get the duck!
We shopped some in all of the amazing shops near Second Street before heading to the Kemmel Center to see the Philadelphia Orchestra play Mahler 6 conducted by Simon Rattle.
Afterwards we strolled some more down Avenue of the Arts before turning in for the night after a very long day.
We woke up and began our personally made walking tour of Philadelphia (a map of this will be coming soon to my blog)! Our stops/finds of the day were:
Reading Terminal Market (plus Philly Cheesesteaks!)
The Liberty Bell
Old Townhouse sight seeing
Second street shopping
After this grand tour of the historic part of the city, we went back to our hotel in downtown and rested before going out for dinner and seeing the city at night!
We knew we didn’t want to leave the city right away, but our hotel check out time was pretty early, so we grabbed some breakfast and took a drive around the city.
Art Museum (and Rocky Steps)
Philly has an amazing art museum, even though many visitors are initially attracted to the site to reenact Rocky running up the steps.
Notable works inside the museum include:
Vincent van Gogh, Vase with twelve Sunflowers,Arles, January 1889
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge, The Dance, 1890
Claude Monet, Japanese Bridge and Water Lilies,c.1899
Pablo Picasso, Old Woman (Woman with Gloves), 1901
Paul Cézanne, The Bathers,1898-1905
There is also a sculpture that is a part of the LOVE sculpture theme throughout the city outside the museum!
Eastern State Penitentiary
We had originally made the decision not the visit the prison, but when we passed it while trying to head out of the city, we decided it was a must see!
The audio tour was $10 for us as students, and you could spend all day here. The prison is huge, beautiful, scary, and awe inspiring- though I don’t know how it could be all of those all at once!
We decided to take a different way home, as to avoid the tolls on the turnpike- and ended up going through Amish Country! There were all kinds of places to stop and shop- we even bought pumpkins from one place.We didn’t make it all the way back home on day 3, but we had fun driving!
Our road trip to Philly was an amazing success, and visiting this amazing city was just what we needed during a busy semester.