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48 Hours in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  • Bridge leading into Philadelphia at sunset with city in background.

Philadelphia, known for its rich history and must-see attractions, is a popular getaway welcoming over 43 million visitors every year. Discover the best sights to see, where to eat and which attractions to experience during your next trip to Philadelphia.

DAY 1

09:00 – Breakfast at the hotel

Start your day the way all Best Western Hotels & Resorts travelers do, fueling up with a delicious breakfast!

10:00 – Check out the Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is an iconic American symbol known for its cracked exterior. No tickets are required to visit, but wait time to get into the exhibit can vary seasonally, so plan accordingly.

11:30 – Tour Independence Hall

Discover the birthplace of the American Declaration of Independence and the Constitution at Independence Hall! This historical landmark is rich in history and is known as one of Philadelphia’s must-see attractions.

13:00 – Grab Lunch at the Reading Terminal Market

A foodie’s paradise and one of America’s oldest farmers markets, Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market offers an incredible selection of local, delicious lunch options to choose from.

  • Blue neon Reading Terminal Market sign in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Image by @beartravel954(IG).

14:00 – Head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Art comes to life at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, open since 1928. Discover spectacular pieces by artists like Monet and van Gogh, in addition to the museums rotating exhibitions.

16:00 – Tour City Hall

Visit the largest municipal building in the country while appreciating Second Empire architectural style at the Philadelphia City Hall. The Hall offers an observation deck, accessible only via guided tour, that allows visitors to take in panoramic views of Philadelphia.

18:00 – Visit the famous LOVE sculpture

You can’t visit the “City of Brotherly Love” without taking a photo next to the LOVE sculpture, located in LOVE Park. Robert Indiana constructed this famous sculpture in 1976, with a near identical counterpart in Scottsdale, Arizona and a Spanish version, the AMOR sculpture, on display at Sister Cities Park in Philadelphia.

  • Image of LOVE Statue, by Robert Indiana, against the Philadelphia city skyline.

    Image by @ prvotte(IG).

19:00 – Grab dinner on Philly’s waterfront

Dine among the breezy Philadelphian waterfront to enjoy local eats and great views of the waterways.  If you’re headed to the city in the summer, stop by the Waterfront at night for free concerts, pop-up games and movies.

DAY 2

32:00 – Wake up with a golden waffle

Start your second day in Philadelphia with a delicious breakfast at Best Western.

33:00 – Tour the museums on Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Head to the city’s Museum District on Philadelphia’s tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway and enjoy a large selection of museums, including the Eastern State Penitentiary and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

36:00 – Lunch at Pizzeria Beddia

Noticeable by a neon peace sign on the restaurants exterior, Pizzeria Beddia is a Philadelphian staple for their delicious pizzas. Previously only offering pick-up pizzas, with a limit of 40 per day, quickly selling out in a matter of minutes, owner Joe Beddia has expanded his business into a full-scale restaurant. Travel tip: Reservations for the restaurant are booked solid weeks in advance, so be sure to call and reserve your table well in advance.

42:00 – Enjoy a Quali-Tea Afternoon at the Random Tea Room

Take a moment to stop and chat over a cup of tea at Random Tea Room, home to over 40 artisanal teas and house-blended infusions. This tea room looks more like an apothecary from a mythological novel than a modern café, making it the perfect location to take a unique travel photo.

  • Image of interior of Random Tea Room in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Image by @finniansaylor(IG).

44:00 – Dine at Zahav

Chef Michael Solomonov, honored with the James Beard Award for his culinary excellence, transforms traditional Israeli dishes into modern culinary masterpieces at Zahav. Take in your last evening in the city enjoying Michael’s delicious dishes.

46:00 – Relax at the hotel

You’ve had a busy two days in Philadelphia. Kick back and relax at Today’s Best Western.

Philadelphia is calling your name. Discover the wonders of the city and Pennsylvania while saving on travel during your next trip to Today’s Best Western. Book your next stay using Best Western Rewards to enjoy exclusive rates, member-only perks and earn free nights fast.

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