The air was crisp, the sunshine warm and the scenery golden in Philadelphia this last month. I had snagged a $30 round trip ticket from Florida for a short weekend trip to this historic city. I had never been to Philadelphia, but being an important player in American history, I knew it would be an interested place to explore. A QUICK GUIDE TO PHILADELPHIA
If you are planning a trip to Philadelphia, there are a few historic locations and museums that you will need to visit. If you want to be caffeinated, I also have five fantastic coffee shops for you to sit down and enjoy. If you are visiting for a short weekend, these are a few things you must see:
1 // ELFRETH’S ALLEY
This is a historic hot spot with colonial buildings dating back to George Washington’s time in Philadelphia. Perfectly restored, this little avenue is adorable to walk down and marvel at previous architecture.
2 // LIBERTY BELL + INDEPENDENCE HALL
Your trip to Philadelphia is not complete without visiting this historic landmark. The liberty bell rests in a museum on national park soil. Read about the symbolism of this historic bell, then take a guided tour of Independence Hall. This is particularly fascinating, because you get to see where the founding fathers of America talked, formed and implemented the Declaration of Independence.
3 // PEN’S LANDING
This is a great place to catch a breeze of fresh air. On the river, you will find historic ships and see how this river played an important part in the history of Philadelphia.
4 // CHRIST CHURCH
A little piece of American history. Many of the founding fathers worshiped in this church. See where Benjamin Franklin and George Washington sat.
5 // BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MUSEUM
Ben is loved by all of Philadelphia, and you will see his name throughout the city. Visit this museum to learn about the interesting life of this historic figure, ending by visiting the oldest Post Office in America. Make sure to send yourself a postcard! During Ben’s time, he used to hand write all the postage stamps.
6 // CARPENTER’S HISTORIC HALL
Another important place in American history, this was the meeting place for the First Continental Congress and an important building in the founding of America.
7 // WASHINGTON SQUARE
This is a fantastic place to sit and people watch. It’s a little oasis in the middle of a busy city, filled with people playing ball and sitting on benches.
Philadelphia harbors an incredible amount of American history. It was an important city in the founding of the United States, and is well worth a visit on your American tour. If you are an American, this is a must see city to grasp a great understanding of the importance of your country. Where is your favorite historic location?