As the work week sets in, nothing feels better than day dreaming about a weekend getaway. We recommend exploring one American city that's been near and dear to our heart for centuries... Philadelphia!
From the Liberty Bell to Independence Hall to Reading Terminal Market, no other city has us beat on a healthy does of All-American heritage, hip and modern cuisine, and one-of-a-kind family-friendly activities.
- You propably already know the Philadelphia Museum of Art for it's iconic front steps, featured in the 1976 classic film Rocky, but we recommened taking a look inside. Works from greats like Thomas Eakins, Jean Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali can all be found in this museum, on top of the finest Pennsylvania German art collection in the nation.
- In a sports-centric city like Philadelphia, seeing a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park is a must. Even if your family isn't versed in baseball, the whole group will love meeting the Philly Phanatic, one of America's most famous mascots.
- Fairmount Park features more than 50 miles of walking trails, 43 sculptures, two performing arts centers, and so much more. Kids of all ages will have a blast at the Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, a six-and-a-half-acre play area specifically designed for children under age 10.
- When in Philadelphia, a true Philly Cheesesteak is a must. Grab this original culinary masterpiece at one of the two feuding rival eateries, Pat's King of Steaks or Geno's, both open and ready to serve a cheese-wiz covered cheesesteak twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
- As this city's culinary scene booms, so does the vegetarian population. Local celebrity Chef, Nicole Marquis, recently launched her latin-inspired vegan restaurant, Bar Bombón. Swing by the Rittenhouse Square location, and be sure to check out Chef Marquis' other restaurant in the area, HipCityVeg, as well as her cocktail bar, Charlie Was a Sinner.
- In the mood to sip a pint of beer and soak up some American history? Head over to McGillin's Old Ale House and enjoy classic plates such as shepherd's pie and mile high meatloaf. The local pub was founded in 1860, the same year President Abraham Lincoln was elected, helping you spin your tipsy outing as an educational activity with the kids.
- Know any cyclists? Don't forget to tell them about the Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride, the annual event taking place on September 10th of this year at 5PM. If you're interested in promoting fuel-conscious consumption and outdoor activities while baring it all, head to their blog for more details on how to join.
- As of 2015, Philadelphia is the first and only U.S. city to be recognized as an official UNESCO World Heritage City -- All the more reason to spend your next weekend off in the City of Brotherly Love!