Philadelphia in One Day: An Itinerary

Elfreth’s Alley, the so-called oldest block in America, in April 2022. Photo by Chris K.
Left: Western side of Philadelphia City Hall; Right: Northern side of Philadelphia City Hall. Both photos by Chris K.

1. Center City (9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.)

Start your day in Center City. Assuming you’re staying over in a hotel, your best bet would be Center City. As its name implies, it’s centrally located, in-between a majority of the sights you’re going to be seeing, and it even contains some sights of its own that you definitely won’t want to miss.

The iconic Rocky statue, with the steps in the background. Photo by Visit Philly.

2. Rocky Steps & Statue (11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.)

Even if you’re not a fan of the Rocky movies (but let’s be honest, who isn’t?) checking out the iconic statue and rising triumphantly up the steps used in the movie is a must. From Love Park, it’s a straight 20-minute walk up the lavish Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the location of the movie. Right outside the museum at street level is the statue, which there will be a line for. Wait on the line and snap your pic, and then proceed up the famous steps and pose at the top.

Left: Abandoned corridor of Eastern State Penitentiary; Right: Al Capone’s Cell (lavish living!) Both photos by Chris K.

3. Eastern State Penitentiary (1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.)

The reason why I opt for you to check out this living history museum instead of the art museum is because it’s so much more unique. I am absolutely not knocking art museums, or the Philadelphia Museum of Art for that matter, as it is magnificent. However, if you want a more unique and informative experience, the Eastern State Penitentiary is definitely the way to go.

Left: Pat’s King of Steaks; Right: Geno’s Steaks. Photos by Jim’s Dining Guides.

4. Pat’s & Geno’s Cheesesteaks (3:30 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.)

Once you leave Eastern State, you’ll want to call an Uber and head down to the famous Passyunk Square neighborhood, where you’ll be faced with a choice: eat at Pat’s King of Steaks, or eat at Geno’s Steaks. These two neon-cladded eateries both serve Philly cheesesteaks, a classic staple dish of the city. In my opinion, choosing one over the other is merely impossible, so get a cheesesteak from both!

Elfreth’s Alley, the so-called oldest block in America, in April 2022. Photo by Chris K.

5. Old City (4:30 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.)

After you eat, you’ll want to Uber to Old City, where the majority of Philly’s historic significance is concentrated. This small neighborhood contains iconic sights such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and Elfteth’s Alley, the so-called oldest block in America. Take about an hour to check all of these out, and then head over to your final Philly destination.

Citizen’s Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, in June 2021. Photo by Chris K.

6. Baseball Game (7:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.)

Our final stop on this list is a classic baseball game. Even if you’re not a baseball or sports fan, the cultural significance and classic nature of a baseball game cannot be denied. The only caveat with this one is that you will have to be visiting Philly during the spring or summer months in order to catch a game, and even then, there’s a chance the Phillies (that’s the baseball team) will be away that day, so be sure to check the MLB schedule before you plan your trip.

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