Duration: Two days and two nights
If experience truly is the best teacher, then get ready for a lesson unlike any other you’ve ever received. This two-day road trip will expose you to the idealistic men and women who helped carve our nation and give you the opportunity to walk in their footsteps and stand in the very room where our Declaration of Independence was written. You’ll also get a lesson in economics as we take you on a shopping excursion to some of the area’s finest stores and shops.
This is where it all happened. Men like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock walked these very streets as they contemplated their next steps on the path to independence. Begin your day with a visit to the Independence Visitor’s Center where you’ll find a wealth of helpful information about the people and events that led to the birth of our nation. Then, tour the National Constitution Center where these historical events are vividly brought to life. Now, take a leisurely stroll back across the Mall to the Liberty Bell pavilion for a great photo opportunity and then across the street to Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was written.
By now, you’re probably getting a little hungry. Well, you’re in luck because you’re only a few blocks away from some great places to grab lunch, do a little shopping and check out the local art scene as Old City is an easy 10-minute walk from Independence Mall. Or, if you prefer, ride in a horse drawn carriage where you’ll receive a quick—and usually quirky—history lesson from your carriage driver. In this part of the city, you’ll find the nations first post office started by Benjamin Franklin and the house where Betsy Ross stitched the very first flag of the United States. After lunch, hit the streets for some great shopping deals and be sure to check out one of the many art galleries in the district.
A great way to finish off your first day is by getting lost in the world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before going in, however, you must have your picture made with Philly’s favorite son, Rocky Balboa, whose larger-than-life bronze likeness can be found just a few feet to the right of the museum steps. Once inside, you’ll be treated to breathtaking art collections and special exhibits featuring works from Chagall, Van Gogh and Picasso, just to name a few. Go ahead, allow yourself to get lost in here for a few hours before calling it a day.Read More >
A quirky Mexican restaurant with a contemporary twist, El Vez serves up delicious dishes and maybe the best margaritas in Philly.Read More >
Here’s hoping you got a good night’s rest because you’re gonna need it today. Your pursuit of tax-free shopping (on clothes and shoes) begins this morning at the King of Prussia Mall, the largest shopping mall on the East Coast. Here you will find virtually anything your heart desires with more than 400 stores and restaurants, from high end fashion destinations to popular clothing boutiques to specialty shops. So, put on your walking shoes and get ready to shop `til you drop.Read More >
After spending the morning shopping at a feverish pace, you’ll be ready to relax and unwind among the shops and restaurants of West Chester. Here in this historic and picturesque small town, you’ll find that things move a little slower, but do so with a cosmopolitan flair. There are more than 60 shopping boutiques in the area along with several great dining options for lunch. But, don’t eat too much…we’ve still got another great stop after this.Read More >
There’s nothing better after a long day of shopping than to relax in the serene setting of Longwood Gardens. Spend an hour or so taking a leisurely stroll through these quiet pathways adorned with beautiful flowers and greenery. Or, grab a window table at The Café for a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the breathtaking views. Next, just a few minutes from Longwood Gardens, you’ll end your day at Kennett Square with its unique collection of shops and galleries.Read More >
Located in an early 19th century building that has been used as a fertilzer plant, a hardware store, a paint store, a tractor repair shop and an inn, the Kennett Steak & Mushroom now serves up some of the finest dishes in Kennett Square.Read More >
Nestled on a hillside in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, the Brandywine River Hotel offers distinctive European style lodging for both leisure and business travelers, capturing the unique charm and tranquility of the Brandywine in a stylish, colonial setting.Read More >
African American Museum
Located one block west of Independence Mall, this museum preserves and presents the heritage of the African American culture through its galleries and exhibits. Take a couple of hours here to see the stories of great African American men and women brought to life.
Walnut Street Theatre
If theatre (or theater) is your thing, then you will definitely want to visit the Walnut Street Theater on, well, Walnut Street. Founded in 1809, this is America’s oldest theater and still presents a wide range of plays and musicals every year.
Grab your picnic basket (or pick up one at any of the various shopping locations you visit), pack a nice lunch and head out to Chaddsford Winery, located roughly halfway between Philadelphia and Wilmington. If you’re a fan of wine, you will definitely enjoy the award-winning varieties offered here.
Valley Forge National Park
This area earned its place in Revolutionary lore as being the winter encampment site for General Washington’s troops in late 1777. Luckily, you won’t have it nearly as rough when you walk the beautifully landscaped gardens and trails of this lush national park.