One Day in Philadelphia
2. South Street
Lunch called for the famous Philly Cheesesteaks at Jim’s Steaks. I had originally planned to hit up Pat’s or Geno’s, but they were out of my way, and Jim’s never disappoints. Pay attention to how they want you to order your cheesesteak, and try the cheese whiz!
- Liberty Bell, not to be mistaken with the Taco Bell (people have asked me this!)
- Independence Hall and City Hall (recommend to print tour tickets prior to visit, there is a daily limit)
Both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted here.
- National Constitution Center – America’s first and only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution, its ideals and its legacy.
- The President’s House (Philly was our nation’s capital for 10 years until 1800)
- Christ Church Burial Ground and Benjamin Franklin’s Grave
- Philadelphia Mint – One of six of its kind, producing US coins.
- The Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier in Washington Square Park
- Penn’s Landing, where the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, docked near here in 1682. It is past the Korean War Memorial Park, and you can take the RiverLink Ferry for a 12-minute scenic river tour of the Delaware River.
- Elfreth’s Alley and Betsy Ross’ House – Betsy Ross, creator of the first American flag.
A little further down the street, we saw the impressive Masonic Temple and the iconic LOVE Statue is a block away in the John F. Kennedy Plaza.
On our day trip, we unfortunately were not able to fit in the following, but they are also recommended if you are in the area.
- Rittenhouse Square
- Reading Terminal Market
- Eastern State Penitentiary (will require a chunck of an afternoon)
- Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
- The Penn Museum
- Franklin Institute Science Museum
- Mütter Museum
- The Italian Market
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