Philadelphia is known as many things – the city of Brotherly Love, the home of one of the top Ivy-league schools in the world, the home to “Rocky,” and of course – the city of our founding fathers. While we know this city for a lot of great things, – to us, Philly is best known as home. Growing up in New Jersey, Philadelphia was always a quick Amtrak ride away from the house I grew up in. After graduating from high school, I headed to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania where my love for the city grew even stronger. I’m a firm believer that anyone who is visiting the United States and/or east coast should visit Philadelphia.
Ten years later, we headed back to the city that shaped me as an adult woman – this time, with my handsome husband by my side. It has been amazing to watch Philadelphia transform from the city in the shadows of New York to a powerhouse that stands on its own. Philadelphia is no longer in the shadows of its sister cities; Philadelphia shines brightest on her own.
I have seen firsthand how Philadelphia has changed for the better while also retaining its unique and loveable qualities. In the past ten years, its gastronomy scene has grown to be one of the best in the country, its formerly “rough” neighborhoods have transformed into trendy communities, and its economy has seen an expanding transformation. While so many things have changed for the better, Philadelphia still preserves what makes it “Philly:” its history, its undying love for its sports teams, its heart, its character, and its soul. Here is everything you need to know to visit Philadelphia.