Travel Files: Philadelphia

I’m a really, really lucky gal. My travel benefits through work are something I’m extremely thankful for, no matter how bad my job can seem on certain days. Traveling has been a big part of my life since I was about 12, from spending a week in a gorgeous Rome over Thanksgiving break in the 8th grade to taking a 24 hour trip to California to catch a one-time-only concert. Visiting new places and going on adventures is what life’s all about! It’s also a godsend when wedding season hits and the invites start rolling in for my friends’ weddings. So when I got the invite for one of my best friend’s wedding in Philadelphia, I jumped at the chance to go and explore a city I’ve always wanted to visit.

It took me about 5 minutes to convince one of my friends from work to spend a day in Philly and do the tourist thing with me, before I headed out of the city for the wedding weekend. Considering we only had a day to explore, we did a pretty fantastic job at jam-packing everything we could into the hours we had.

“Authentic Philadelphia cheesesteaks, here we come!”

After taking a 7am flight to Philadelphia and heading to our hotel to drop off our bags, we started chatting with our shuttle driver, who suggested one of those hop-on, hop-off double decker tour buses for our day of sightseeing. While it may seem ridiculously cheesy and 100% touristy, deciding to go with that option over Uber-ing around the city turned out the best decision of our day. Not only was it a GREAT deal (only $35 for a two-day pass with Big Bus), but they also picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel, which was a huge plus. Their tour guides were all really informative with the history behind the sights and super personable, which made the ride around town really fun.

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T-Shirt: Old Navy | Cardigan: Charlotte Russe | Jeans: Torrid | Flats and Tote: Tory Burch | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Scarf: Burberry | Earrings: Charlotte Russe

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Shirt: Paris | Jacket: Nordstrom | Jeans: JC Penney | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Tote: Louis Vuitton | Watch: Michael Kors

Thanks to some pre-planning and online research, our first stop of the trip was Reading Terminal Market for some lunch. I’ve honestly never seen any place like it! If you’re thinking of checking out the city, even if you’ve only got a couple of hours, be sure to make Reading Terminal Market one of your top stops and enjoy some of Philly’s best eats under one roof. After wandering around for a while, trying to decide what we wanted to eat, we settled on splitting two Philadelphia specialties: an authentic Philly Cheesesteak and a roast pork sandwich with broccoli rabe, which was featured on the Travel Channel as one of the best sandwiches in America.

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We also made a stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to run up the famous entrance steps, just like Rocky Balboa did in the movie Rocky. Much to our surprise, we also ran into an…interesting Rocky impersonator who took a quick liking to the two of us! One photo op and lots of compliments later, we made our way to the bronze Rocky statue on the side of the museum for a few more pictures.

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And of course, no trip to Philadelphia is complete without seeing the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the famous Love statue in Love Park. We saw everything on our must-see in Philadelphia list in 6 hours, and learned so much more, thanks to the fabulous people at Big Bus tours.

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All in all, I’d say we had a fantastic, jam-packed trip exploring Philadelphia in a day! Wanna shop our looks? Head down to the links below and enjoy!