Visiting Philadelphia is either on the top of someones travel list, or not on the list at all. This historic northeastern city, where our country was founded has a lot to offer. It also holds a personal significance for me. Liz’s great-grandparent’s moved to Philadelphia after emigrating from Italy, and lived there for over 25 years. Her great-grandparents owned a restaurant and convenient store below their apartment on the north side of town. It’s where her grandmother and mother were born. Even though Philadelphia is a part of our family’s past, we had never been there, and honestly had no idea what it offered other than Philly cheese steaks and what we saw in Rocky.Philadelphia has a very similar vibe as Boston and much of the northeast. Cobblestone roads, old brick buildings, beautiful row homes rich in history. The only difference is that Philadelphia is widely underrated. The cost of living is low, basic goods (food, clothing, drinks) are all cheaper than other northeastern cities, and properties are a fraction of the cost as Philadelphia’s nearby more popular cities. Being in real estate we love looking at home prices when we find a neighborhood we like. Normally the prices are WAY out of our range but every time we found an adorable row home brightly painted with budding flowers, we were shocked at how affordable it was. We also loved how accessible the city is. You can bike almost anywhere (without feeling like you’ll be hit and killed every turn), or drive around town with only minimal traffic for a city. Parking is, as always in a city, still a challenge.
RV camping in philadelphia
Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
Philadelphia is obviously known for its rich history and deep ties to our countries founding. We hate being tourists and often try to do things off the beaten path, more like a local, but sometimes you have to do the tourist thing.
If you’re visiting Philadelphia for the first time, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell should be on your list of things to do. Directly next to Independence Halls is where the original White House stood. It’s pretty incredible to be standing in the same place as our founding fathers. To be in the same room where our declaration of independence was discussed, drafted, and signed. The two seats below were where the Vice President sat (for the first four terms before our capital was moved to Washington DC), and where the Senate met. The colors and decor is exactly as it was nearly 250 years ago (of course it’s been refurbished or replicas are put in place).
We also went up the street to the The Carpenters Company which was where the founding father’s secretely met to discuss their original plans and ideas for the formation of the decleration of independence.
Philadelphia at night is spectacular. We did lots of walking and enjoyed seeing all of the lights on the beautiful old buildings. One day we attended a fall festival that had live music, art, food and drink vendors, and closed down several blocks of one of the neighborhoods for the festivities. It was super fun! We didn’t end up with any good pictures but had a blast!
get a philly cheese steak
drink at Philadelphia’s great breweries
Liz & Dennis
We’re two travel-loving, real estate investing, foodies exploring North America as full-time RV’ers. This blog is where we share our lessons learned, tips and tricks, and favorite places to eat, see, and RV across North America! We hope it helps you find your wanderlust, plan and prepare for RV life, and get out on the road!
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