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My Philadelphia Favorites

This trip is a mix of history, gardens, great food, and city life. Plus, a quick day trip to NYC.

by KBennettAbout Me:"The world is big and I want to have a look at it before it gets dark" -John Muir read more

North AmericaUnited States4 days / June 2022

Highs & Lows

Philadelphia has so much history and charm.

It hit 92 degrees one day.

Itinerary Overview

This is my favorite itinerary for 3-4 days in Philadelphia. It includes history, art, incredible gardens and a short side trip to New York City. 

  • 4 Nights: Philadelphia
    To tour historic highlights.
  • Day trip: New York
    Quick day trip to see NYC
  • Day trip: Longwood Gardens
    The incredible gardens

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    Philadelphia: Parc, The Love, a.kitchen + bar, and Barclay Prime, are all upscale near Rittenhouse. Morimoto, Talula's Garden, and Buddakan near Old Town. Suraya is incredible and located in the Fishtown neighborhood. Reading Terminal Market has lots of great affordable food options.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    I would suggest hiring a guide for a historic tour of Old City. Their storytelling and knowledge really enhance the experience.

  • Packing tips?

    Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat if it's warm/sunny. Plan to dress up a bit for the nicer restaurants.

  • Transportation Tips?

    The city of Philadelphia (and NYC) is very walkable, and it's easy to get an Uber/Lyft. You will need a car to get out to Longwood Gardens. I rented a car for the day via Turo.

  • Booking details?

    I booked the Hyatt Centric City direct. For tours, I've used GetYourGuide and Tours By Locals.


  • On my first visit to Philly, I stayed at the Hyatt Centric City. It's new, nice design, good value and some rooms have good views. It's also perfectly located near Rittenhouse Square.