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Brotherly love and sisterly affection are all well and good, but if Philadelphia were your sibling, it would be the kind that challenges you to bend the rules. Of course, you can play it safe here and stay inside the sandbox, but it’s the kind of city where it’s oh-so-fun not to.
Yes, you can tick that historical cracked bell off your bucket list, but you should also crack a beer in local breweries, walk across rainbow streets in the Gayborhood, duck into macabre museums, and break open the lesser-seen side of the city. Philly, the City of Brotherly Love, has so much more to explore than dusty landmarks and cheesy meat sandwiches. Declare your own independence, get in on last-minute hotel deals in Philadelphia, and let freedom from the ordinary ring.
Get a Good Buzz: Proper caffeination is the key to a busy travel itinerary, and luckily, Philly’s got the goods. Sip on Saxbys like a native, or get hyperlocal at Menagerie Coffee in Old City and at Greenstreet Coffee Roasters, who are single-origin coffee advocates. For less jittery imbibing, keep it loose on a brewery tour. Yards, Dock Street, and Evil Genius brewing companies will keep your buzz levels mellow.
Put it in Park: What’s so different about going to a park? Well, in Philadelphia, spots like Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square Park, and Dilworth Park are urban jungle escapes that do double duty as prime people-watching zones. Spruce Street Harbor Park is like no other, and come summer, look for colorful handmade hammocks, landscaped barges, floating gardens, and a boardwalk full of games like bocce, shuffleboard, and an arcade.
Walk on the Dark Side: Baltimore may stake its claim to Poe, but the prince of dark literature also called Philly home. See where he penned “The Tell-Tale Heart” and get spooked in the basement that inspired “The Black Cat” at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. Next up, psych yourself out at the eerie Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and see what lurks beyond the castle-like façade. Later, unclench at one of the Philadelphia hotels with Jacuzzi tubs, and feel your fears jet away.
Explore the Rainbow: Not only has 13th Street been the main vein of queer culture, it’s also restaurant row for eclectic cuisine. Vegans (and non-vegans) get intimate with the share-plates at Charlie was a sinner. El Vez delivers gorgeous margs and photo-worthy plates. Maison 208’s ace up the sleeve is the city’s only retractable roof (not to mention fabulous French-inspired fare). After-dark area activity runs the gamut, from piano bar, Tavern on Camac to multi-level dance club and cocktail den, Woody’s.
You’ll be glad you freed up funds with a Hotwire Hot Rate straight to one of the best hotels in downtown Philadelphia. Yup, with a Hotwire Hot Rate, you could score a 4-star hotel at a 2-star rate. When your new kin city convinces you to do ALL THE THINGS like a true sibling should, treat yourself to Philly’s finest. You can stretch your budget by choosing hotels with free parking in Philadelphia, hotels in Philadelphia under 100 dollars, or hotels in downtown Philadelphia with free breakfast.
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