I was looking forward to spending 24 hours in Philadelphia, especially since it is just 2 hours from New York City by train. But before visiting Philadelphia for the first time, I researched what the city has to offer as a tourist destination. It was my first time, so yeah, you might call me a “tourist.” As a matter of fact, I’m still a tourist right here in New York, and I hope it will stay that way forever because there is so much to explore. I took the two hours train from Penn Station, New York, towards 30th Street Station, Philadelphia. My favorite cities are the ones easy to walk, and part of Philadelphia has that advantage. While walking in Philadelphia, I discovered history, beauty, art, and fantastic architecture.
Oh yeah, and the iconic Philly’s Cheesesteak invented here in 1930. I was going to need those long walks because eating at Reading Terminal Market was also in my plans. I must say that I didn’t explore on my own. I’m lucky to have a dear friend who is a local from Philly and showed me all of the right spots. Philly, as the locals call their city, is also full of history. It has the oldest street in the US, the birthplace of the United States, since the Constitution and Declaration of Independence happened here and even the first US Post Office. I read that Philly is currently in the process of renovation to compete with other big cities from the East Coast. And I could testify that it does have beautiful modern architecture. But what makes Philly truly beautiful is the striking old architecture. I’m a big fan.
Getting around Philadelphia
30th Street Station provides services to Amtrak, NJ Transit, but also to their local train called SEPTA. In my case, I did a combination of walking, Uber, and my friend driving.
What to Eat in Philadelphia?
Philadelphia has one of the best food rivalries. The cheesesteak was invented here in 1930 by a guy called Pat Olivieri. His cheesesteak business is still present and is called Pat’s King of Steaks. Across the street from this business is their competition Geno’s Steaks, which claim to be the current best Philly’s cheesesteak. I tried both, and I’m no expert, but my favorite was Pat’s.
Philadelphia Love Sign
Philadelphia’s landmark is LOVE, the Love Sign. The iconic Love sculpture installed in 1976 is a symbol of Philly located at the Love park.
Philadelphia Museum Of Art
If you are a fan of the Rocky movie, then you might be familiar with the “Rocky Steps” in this museum. Sylvester Stallone made Rocky Balboa and these steps famous.