24 hours in Philadelphia

Last March I found myself in Philadelphia for 24 hours after a work trip to Atlantic City. I had never been to Philadelphia before (I know this is shocking!!), but I managed to make the most of it. Two of my friends from NYC drove down and we had an amazing time. Here is what we did: 1. Be Historic!

You can't go to Philadelphia without exploring the historic side of the city. Our first stop was the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

We took a quick peek at the bell and at the hall. There was a tour guide in there talking and we heard the 15 minute history of the area. Then we headed over to the National Constitution Museum to take a look at the Constitution. It was an interesting little museum.

2. Shopping!

After the historic morning we had, we were ready to do a little shopping. I can't really remember where we were but there were tons of cute stores. Shoe stores, book stores and everything in between. We loved exploring a few local spots.

My friend Jillian with the book she bought in Philly. 

3. Eat...a lot!

We ate four times in 24 hours! The highlights were

a) Oysters at The Oyster House

b) A cheesesteak in Reading Terminal Market 

c) Dim Sum at Dim Sum Garden

d) An incredible dinner and drinks at The Good King Tavern

Philadelphia has a lot to offer in terms of food so I highly recommend exploring different areas and restaurants while you are visiting.

4. Be Artistic!

Our final stop before our 24 hours was up was the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We enjoyed walking through the area, seeing the Rocky Steps and checking out a very cool exhibit on Korean Art. If we had more time I would have loved to visit the Barnes Foundation, but we weren't able to get tickets for the date and time we needed.

Overall I had an incredible 24 hours with my friends in Philly. I'll be back again this March after my conference and can't wait to explore more.