Quick Trip Tips: Philly

Welcome to my quick trip tips! In this blog series, I’ll review the highs and lows of my weekend getaways; the must-dos and big misses (if any). 

First up: Philly!

It was my first time ever going to Philly. I arrived Friday morning and stayed until Monday morning. I was beyond excited to visit and see my bets friend from college, Allie. She was recently relocated there for work and moved with her boyfriend Greg. Our weekend was the perfect combo of tourist meets local!

Travel Deets:

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Frontier Flight: $108.40

This trip was a little spontaneous, based on an insane deal Frontier was having. I’d been wanting to get to Philly, but money had always gotten in the way. When I got an alert from Frontier saying they had $49 tickets to Philadelphia, I texted Allie and we solidified a weekend. Pro tip: I didn’t pay for a carry-on bag, however I did bring one, and no one made me pay for it. It was small and fit in the overhead bin!

For people wary of Frontier: it’s not luxurious, but it was on-time, people were friendly and we got from point A to point B. It’s a really great discounted option.

My friend graciously picked me up and dropped my off at the airport, so that was free!

Housing Deets: Free

I crashed on my friend’s pull-out couch so it was free— or just a few beers, and totally worth it. My friends live northwest of Center City Philly, in Roxborough. It’s a sweet little area that made me feel like I was in Europe. The narrow row homes, cobblestone roads and bizarre driving patterns made me feel like I was really getting a local taste. They live in the sweetest two-bed, one-bath duplex on a quiet street. It was close to a combination of cute restaurants and chain necessities. 

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Food and brews:

Probably to your dismay I did not eat a Philly cheesesteak. As a vegetarian, I had to pass— but it smelled good! We did some evening brewery hopping and they did not disappoint. 

Tour de Philly:

Since I had never been to Philadelphia, we did a little tourist trip on Sunday. We went to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. It was all free! We quoted National Treasure one too many times. We went to the Reading Terminal Market and stopped by the LOVE park. We drove past the Rocky steps and I threw my fist in the air, but it was packed and parking seemed way too difficult just for a picture. We also made time to go to a Philly’s game while I was in town. It was so much fun. Tickets were relatively inexpensive because we went with a local alumni group from our college. The stadium was huge and beautiful and overlooked downtown. Pro tip: I highly recommend any sporting events when you visit a town!

Overall:

My favorite part of Philly was seeing my incredible friends (cheesy I know), and I didn’t have a lot of lows to complain about. I did find myself COMPLETELY out of my southern comfort zone, often confused by what “jawn” meant or how to act when walking downtown. It was a little rough in parts for me, but I was assured if I walked fast and acted like I knew what I was doing, I would be fine!

If you get the chance to go to Philly, do it. The last weekend of August was surprisingly cool and not too touristy. I’ll be back Philly!