I have been to many US cities but one that eluded me for a very long time was Philadelphia. I finally changed that last summer when crossed a new city and another MLB ballpark of my list by spending a weekend in Philadelphia.
I left Chicago late Friday afternoon and landed in Philadelphia just in time for dinner. I did some research while I was waiting to board the plane in Chicago and Bud & Marilyn’s kept coming up as a good spot for dinner. It had good reviews and I was interested in the menu so that’s where I headed after dropping my stuff off at the hotel. I was able to walk there from my hotel, which was great! I enjoyed my time there. It was very busy and lively and the atmosphere was casual and fun, exactly my type of place!
After dinner, I walked around the city for a bit and then decided to head back to the hotel and watch the Cubs/Phillies game. Instead of going back to my room, I stopped at the bar in the lobby, figuring I would watch a bit of it there with a beer. I noticed that the game wasn’t on at the bar when I arrived so I flagged down the bartender. I asked him if he would turn the baseball game on. His response? “You mean the Phillies?” Umm, well technically I care about the Cubs but…does Philadelphia have more than one MLB baseball team that I am not aware of?!?! I couldn’t help but laugh. “Yes, the Phillies.” He looked at me skeptically but did put the game on for me.
I rarely go to hotel bars when I travel, especially when I travel alone. This trip however, I ended up spending a lot of time both nights at the lobby bar. There were a lot fun, interesting people there. I ended up having a great time!
I hopped on Amtrak the next morning and spent Day 2 in Delaware to cross another state off of my list. I will go into details about my time there in another post.
After getting back to Philadelphia the next evening, I headed off for game two in the Phillies/Cubs weekend series. This was my first time at Citizen’s Bank Park. It was a good way to continue my weekend in Philadelphia. The stadium was nice but Pittsburgh is much prettier (but shhhhh, don’t tell). The Cubs won really big that night – I believe they ended up scoring 17 runs. I ended up at the hotel lobby bar again after the game…and was basically there until close that night.
The next morning, I had reservations to go to Independence Hall in the morning. I purchased my tickets online ahead of time so that I wouldn’t have to wait in line (and so they wouldn’t sell out before I got there). I highly recommend buying them beforehand if you want to go while visiting Philadelphia. You can buy them here: https://www.nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/independencehalltickets.htm
Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. The building was completed in 1753. A convention marking a formal announcement of the formation of the League to Enforce Peace, which lead to the League of Nations and eventually the United Nations was also help in Independence Hall.
Next up was the Liberty Bell. The bell was commissioned in 1752. It was once placed in the steeple of Independence Hall. The bell first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen. After American independence was secured, the bell fell into relative obscurity until the 1830s, when it was adopted as a symbol by abolitionist societies, who dubbed it the “Liberty Bell”.
After touring Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the effects from spending too much time at the bar the night before really started to kick in on my head. Ugh! I decided to grab a quick breakfast and then joined do hop on hop off bus tour of the city for a couple of hours. It was a great way to see the city (and not move my head too much).
And finally, before I got on the plane back to Chicago and finishing my weekend in Philadelphia, I had to have a Philly cheesesteak. There are so many different places to choose from. Everyone seemed to have a different opinion about which place is best. In the end, I decided on Campo’s. It was very good! I would definitely recommend it.
If you are interested in reading about my day in Wilmington, Delaware, click here!