Story By: Medha Philly is one of my favourite cities in the US. It is one city that has several references in pop culture, including famous songs by legends like Bruce Springsteen and Mark Knopfler. Whenever I visit Philly, I generally stay at the Philadelphia House. This was my second trip to Philly from Washington DC.
Another reference of Philadelphia in pop culture is the famous Rocky’s steps. The 72 stone steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art came to be known as Rocky’s steps after the protagonists of the Oscar-winning film Rocky ran up the steps to the song “Gonna Fly Now”.
Philadelphia is a rich historical city that houses the Liberty Bell, the Independence Hall and other American Revolutionary sites. I would recommend you visit the Liberty Bell without any luggage since the site has a strict screening of tourists and there is a long queue to get inside.
Another place to visit while in Philly is the Reading Terminal Market. While you are there, try to taste Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich – it is the one to die for. You should also visit the Eastern State Penitentiary. It is an old American penitentiary where notorious gangsters like Al Capone and Willie Sutton were held.
One of the most exciting places in Philadelphia for me was the house of famous American author Edgar Allan Poe. The entry into the house is free, and you can see the basement where Poe got the inspiration to write his famous short story the Black Cat.
Philadelphia City Center is a great place to hang around. There are a huge Macy’s store and other great places to shop and bide your time. Walk around different lanes and explore different shopping stores around the area.
The last highlight of the trip was the amazing Philadelphia House. There are two Philadelphia House in the city and are walking distance from each other. Philadelphia House is THE place if you want to meet new people. The staff is extremely friendly and they have a happy hour in the evening. I think they do it every day – but I am not sure about it.
During my stay, there was a happy hour at the hostel where residents were encouraged to socialise. I met people from Australia, Brazil, Colorado, Wisconsin and India. After the one-hour happy hour, the residents of both the houses met at a common point and went pub crawling. It’s a shame I don’t have a picture of this place
Phew, that night was long. I don’t remember much after that. But the stay was worth it. It was fun; it was a much-needed break from the mundane office life. And people, if you ever come across someone telling you that parts of Philly are unsafe, then you can be rest assured that the Old City District is not one of them!