I spent this past weekend in Philadelphia with my brother. We only had 1.5 days to explore, so a return visit is inevitable. I think you really need 3ish days to see all the sites one would want to see in Philly, but nevertheless it was a blast. Philly was the last city I needed to visit this year to complete the trifecta of visiting all three present and former capitals of the United States.
Friday night we went to Pat’s and Geno’s, the two legendary cheesesteak spots that have been battling for the title of best cheesesteak in Philly for decades. My brother and I both agreed Geno’s was better, but hey, we’re just two Midwest guys. But even more interesting perhaps than the cheesesteaks (at least to me) was that both places were “cash only”. Wait what? This is 2016 guys. Neither my brother nor I had cash, but there was “conveniently” *signaling air quotes as I write this* an ATM right across the street. Scammy scam scam. Bet that ATM racks up huge fees for tourists. Sigh. But anyways, the eats were good and that’s what we were there for.
All day Saturday was spent exploring the city. We started off the day by visiting Reading Terminal Market and grabbing some doughnuts at Beiler’s (legitimately the best doughnuts I’ve ever had). And by some, I mean I had 5 doughnuts I ate throughout the day. I’m a chocolate peanut butter guy, so the chocolate iced peanut butter chocolate crème doughnut I had was the best, but you can’t go wrong at that place. Shout out to Heather at EPOP for recommending them. I probably wouldn’t have gone otherwise. We also went to DiNic’s while at Reading Terminal which was definitely the worst sandwich I had while in Philly. I’m not a food critic though, so take that with a grain of salt, but I didn’t even finish the roast pork sandwich.
After Reading Terminal we headed to see the Liberty Bell, which was a pretty sweet exhibit. After that we had a few hours until our tour of Independence Hall so we saw as many sites as we could in the meantime, most notably: Carpenter’s Hall, Second Bank of the United States, Benjamin Franklin’s grave, and the house where Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. I’m a history buff so all of these sites were of great interest to me. Independence Hall was fascinating and the tour guide was a wealth of information. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Philly. We finished off Saturday night with a trip to Tony Luke’s. Solid cheesesteak, but Geno’s still takes the crown in my humble opinion.
Now let’s take a look at my spending:
$187.00 Airbnb (my half)
$15.20 Plane ticket (ticket was $315.20 – $300 travel credit from Chase Sapphire Reserve applied here)
$43.00 Uber/taxi (I recommend using Uber at all times in Philly)
$17.71 Books (stumbled across a sweet used bookstore, Book Trader)
$60.00 Gas/airport parking/miscellaneous
Not very cost effective for a weekend getaway, but not terrible either. The CSR $300 travel credit really helped keep costs down. If you’re not travel hacking, you ought to be.
Until next time, folks.