After our visit to Gettysburg, we continued eastward to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. The city briefly served as our nation’s capital in the late 1700s and today, Philadelphia is still home to a number of significant historical sites and regional favorites like Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and water ice.
Things to see
- Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
Note: You can’t actually see the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution in Philadelphia, despite the misleading Constitution Museum nearby. Both documents are housed at the National Archives in D.C.! Rookie mistake, I know, should’ve done my research. Fool me once, Nicholas Cage!
- Rocky Statue
Yes, this site is a little cheesy, but hey, I like cheesy! And while you’re at it, you might as well imitate Rocky’s iconic run up the museum steps and then do the little victory dance at the top. Come on, I know you want to!
- Elfret’s Alley
Come here to see the oldest residential street in the U.S.
- Betsy Ross House
An interesting stop to see the house where an unassuming seamstress tapped to create and sew our nation’s first flag, once lived.
- Spruce Street Harbor Park
Where to Eat
Reading Terminal Market
I 💓 this market in a big way. I love markets and make it a point to try and seek them out while traveling (Grand Central Terminal market in Los Angeles, Pike’s Place in Seattle, Quincy Market in Boston, Chelsea Market in NYC, etc.) but so far, this has been my favorite. Why? I think it’s because the market has just the right combination of farmer’s market stalls selling fresh produce, meats, cheeses, alongside shops/legitimate restaurants selling prepared food, housewares, and decor. They also keep the souvenir shops to a minimum so the market doesn’t feel like a tourist trap and is one that both visitors and locals alike can enjoy. We can attest to its awesomeness; we were here multiple times!
Yes, the town’s name will evoke a chuckle and they have souvenirs that capitalize on it. But while you’re here, enjoy the picturesque farm scenes and try to covertly (or not so covertly) take photos of the Amish families in their buggies.
Valley Forge National Historic Park
Famous for being the winter encampment of Gen. George Washington’s army during the Revolutionary war. It also seems popular as a weekend destination for hikers, cyclists and picnicking families.
RV/oversized vehicle parking: We camped at the Campus Park and Ride while visiting the city. While not a glamorous place to stay, it was affordable, close to the city, and provided water, electric and a dump station. There were numerous RVs and campers while we were there.