Philadelphia is known as one of the largest and most historic cities in the nation. But it’s often overshadowed by New York City and Chicago. This city has the look and feel of a large metropolis with a small-town vibe. It’s one of the friendliest cities you’ll ever visit in your life.
Among the historical landmarks and museums, you’ll notice a downtown filled with bustling restaurants and nightlight, quaint neighborhoods, eclectic dining options, and distinct art museums. When planning a trip to Philadelphia, you should book a room at The Bellevue Hotel. The living landmark embodies the style and sophistication of the city. Each room at the hotel has you surrounded by French Renaissance details but with all the modern conveniences. This luxury hotel is just minutes away from some of the below-mentioned attractions, museums, and restaurants.
Below are five tips for making the most out of your trip to Philadelphia and feeling like an aristocrat.
Best Time to Travel
The best time to travel to Philadelphia is between the months of March and May. There are fewer crowds and you’ll enjoy the mild weather. It’s also the time of year when festivals and outdoor concerts take place in this city. If you can’t take off during those months, September through November is cool after the summer season. This is also the chance to check out Fairmount Park at its peak foliage times.
Avoid traveling in the summer since June, July, and August. The summer months are also some of the hottest months in the city. The Fourth of July attracts tourists from around the nation. Since Philadelphia is the birthplace of independence, it’s one of the busiest times to visit. Philly knows how to throw a Fourth of July party. While the winter holidays also attract a crowd, the streets are glittering with ice-skating rinks, light shows, villages, and snow.
Activities & Entertainment
Independence National Historic Park attracts millions of visitors to the Liberty Bell each year. Other popular attractions include Constitution Hall, Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Barnes Collection. Purchase the Philadelphia CityPASS if you want to visit some or all of these attractions as it covers basic admission for major attractions, including The Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Zoo.
Interested in free attractions? Spend some time at the Reading Terminal Market. Don’t forget to check out the incredible artwork at Fairmount Park and Love Park. Other notable attractions include the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Benjamin Franklin Museum.
There are luxury hotels in Philadelphia that have accommodations that you’re craving. Wherever you stay in Philadelphia, make sure your hotel is next to the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) since it has tax service as well as SEPTA regional trains. In addition, there are AMTRAK trains that connect from Philadelphia to New York City, Washington, D.C., and other nearby cities. Center City is another desirable place to stay since it has everything within walking distance. If you’re in a hurry, there are buses, taxis, trolleys, and subways that will take you to any restaurant.
Philadelphia is known for its Philly cheesesteak, hoagie, pizza, and soft pretzels. You can find these finds at any fast food vendor or truck throughout the city. Depending on your tastes, dining options range from intimate BYOBS (Bring Your Own Bottles), five-star restaurants run by celebrity chefs, and trendy gastropubs. Philadelphia is also known for its Chinatown and South Philly scene, which is an eclectic mix of Italian, Mexican, and Southeast Asian cuisine. This city has a lot to offer when it comes to international dining.
When it comes to popular restaurants, Butcher and Singer is a top choice. This Old Hollywood-style steak house that pays homage to the glitz and class of 1940’s Hollywood. Live like an aristocrat as you step back in time and enjoy perfectly charred steak, an extensive raw bar or cold water lobster. Reading Terminal Market offers some of the best eateries that Philadelphia has to offer. This market is one of the largest and older markets and has been a staple in the area since 1893. The market offers a little bit of everything for everyone with the widest variety of restaurants under one roof. Pick up artisanal cheese from Downtown Cheese or a Reuben sandwich from Hershel’s East Side Deli. If you are looking for some international flavor, then head over to Cuba Libra Restaurant and Rum Bar. One of the city’s most notable tapas spots, you will enjoy small plate Cuban specialties like vaca frita flank steak and arroz con pollo.
Customs & Etiquette
If you want to feel like an aristocrat, you should act like one. While there are fine dining options and luxury hotels in Philadelphia, this city loves casual attire. But who says you can’t wear your best designer duds?
Since wine and spirits are sold only in state-run stores, most restaurants will ask you to bring your own bottle. Carry enough cash in your wallet or purse to tip everyone that provides exceptional service. It’s best to tip 20% for drivers, servers, and tour guides. You should have a few extra dollars left over to tip the bellhops, doormen, and parking valets. If you order a cheesesteak, state whether you want it “whiz wit” (with Cheese Whiz) or “wit-out” (without).