I mentioned yesterday that we went to upstate New York a couple weeks ago for my grandmother’s 90th birthday. There are no direct flights to my mom’s hometown so we had to connect through Philadelphia both ways. Philadelphia has been on Brett’s bucket list for a while now so we thought we’d take advantage of the connecting flight and plan a visit. Originally we planned to spend a day or two there, but due to work schedules we couldn’t make it work. When booking our flights though I noticed we could do an extra long layover that would give us 5 hours in Philadelphia to play tourists.
This was the first time we ever did a layover trip like this and I was a little nervous something would go wrong. It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly though! Our flight was on time, the weather was perfect and it was only a 15-20 minute drive to and from the city.
5 Hours In Philadelphia Itinerary
- You can’t go to Philadelphia without trying a cheesesteak. We had our Uber drive us to Pat’s King Of Steaks, known to be the originator of the cheesesteak in Philadelphia. We ordered one with onions and provolone and then walked across the street to Geno’s Steaks. We got it “with whiz” this time, which is the more traditional cheesesteak. We both thought it would be great gross, but #yolo. Surprisingly, we both agreed we liked it with whiz better.
- After cheesesteaks, we hopped in another Uber and went downtown to Independence Hall. We were hoping to do a walking tour, but they were all sold out for the day. We were able to get tickets to a short tour of Independence Hall and saw the Liberty Bell.
- From there we walked up to Reading Terminal Market. Reading Terminal is a public market with food vendors randing from Greekfood, Amish specialities and Thai food. There really is something for everyone. We were still pretty full from our cheesesteak feast, but I managed to make room for an ice cream cone from Bassets Ice Cream, known as the oldest ice cream shop in the US.
After ice cream we walked back to Independence Hall and grabbed an Uber back to the airport. We felt 5 hours was the perfect amount of time to see the major sites in Philly without feeling rushed.