Travel Guide | Pennsylvania

What to Do With a Weekend in Philadelphia

Spend a fun-filled weekend in our country’s original capitol, and don’t forget the cheesesteak!

Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the United States with some of the richest history. If you only have a weekend to spend there, there are a few things that need to be on your itinerary.

Let’s get the most important stop out of the way first: the cheesesteak. The cheesesteak is the signature sandwich of Philly, and before I had my first, I was a little skeptical. I’m not sure why though, because they are wonderful. John’s Roast Pork of South Philly has my heart. “American with” is my order. That means American cheese and fried onions. Nothing else is needed because that combo is heaven on a roll. A close second for me is Jim’s Steaks. Of course, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks can’t be left off the list.

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John’s Roast Pork

Once you’ve filled up on cheesy goodness, it’s time to see the many sights. As the original capitol of our country, Philadelphia has an abundance of historic landmarks ranging from homes to statues. The National Historic Park is basically a one-stop shop for all things historic: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank and more. If the history of the city is what brought you there, this is an area you are going to want to spend some time in. With a city as old as this one, it’s bound to be haunted, so check out one of the many ghost tours. For all those Rocky fans out there, the famous steps are a must see.

Head towards Center City to explore Rittenhouse Square, countless museums and theaters, great shopping and tons of restaurants. Head to Love Park to get a picture with the famous sculpture by Robert Indiana. Not far from there is Chinatown, where you can have a fantastic meal and visit some really unique Asian stores and markets. Check out Reading Terminal Market to experience foods from all around the world. There, visitors have the opportunity to have a meal and to shop with local vendors for cheese, meat, produce, flowers and so much more. Make your way down the Schuylkill River Trail to the boardwalk that runs along the river to South Street. South Street is full of shops, restaurants and bars. Lorenzo & Sons has a great slice. This is a great area to have a few drinks or to see a show. While you’re in South Philly, check out Italiano’s Homemade Italian water ice. I come from the land of the snowball, but water ice is a close second for me. I enjoy it most as a gelati, which means there is ice cream inside. Yum!

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Philadelphia Chinatown


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Love Park

If you get the chance to attend a sporting event, hopefully you’ll be impressed by at least the stadiums. The Wells Fargo Center, where the 76ers and the Flyers play, Veterans Stadium, where the Eagles play and Citizens Bank Park, home to the Phillies are all impressive. While the Phillies haven’t had the best record in the past few seasons, the view of Center City is too good.

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Citizens Bank Park


With a city like Philadelphia, it’s hard to fit everything into a weekend, but with the right planning, anything can be done. With any weekend trip, it’s important to plan out a schedule (at least a rough one) so that you don’t miss anything that’s on your list. Philadelphia is a wonderful city with so much to offer. Make sure to give it what its worth.

Hannah McIntyre

Spring Hill College | 19 stories

My name is Hannah McIntyre and I am a senior at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala studying public relations, advertising and writing. During the fall semester of my junior year, I studied abroad at the Spring Hill College Italy Center at the University of Bologna in Italy. While there, I travelled to 11 countries and 21+ cities. Being abroad taught me so much about myself and prepared me for life in ways I didn't even know I needed.

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