Philadelphia or Philly as it is popularly known is an excellent destination for any tourist(s) looking to unwind or have an unforgettable adventure. This fifth most populous city in the United States has several places and historical landmarks that will provide you with an exquisite experience and wonderful way to get out of the hustles and bustles of everyday life. Philly is an historical city that at one point served as a temporary capitol city when Washington DC was under construction. To make your visit more adventurous and take you back in time, below are several places of interest that you can visit in two days.
Day One Philadelphia Activities
There are several places you can visit in just the first day that will make it a memorable one. Philly is known to have
more murals and sculptures in the outdoors than any other city in the USA. Fairmount park could be a nice place to start which is also historic as the world’s largest landscaped park in an urban setting.
The Eyes Gallery (402) is a beautiful gallery to visit, and it specializes in Latin American folk art and is quite entertaining with such items like retablos, santos and silver jewelry. Artists like Francesco Clemente and David Hockney are the main contributors to many collection pieces in The Eyes Gallery. Newman Gallery that is the oldest has collections from traditional painters and Bucks County artists. City Hall is another historic landmark with sculptures by Alexander Milne Calder. Guests are free to browse without necessarily buying.
Philly has several shopping places you can visit such as Pine Street, which stretches from 9th to 12th with close to 25 antique stores where you will find many enticing art collections. You can also find handmade linen and handicraft shops with quality collections. You can also take a short walk to South Street where you will find several shops and bars as well.
Make Day Two About Architecture
Philly’s Masonic Temple has many architectural collections in one place, and this can make your visit very enjoyable. You will also find archived letters from prominent historical American figures such as George Washington and several other founding fathers.The Masonic Temple seven halls represent the world’s idyllic styles that include Corinthian, Norman, Ionic, Egyptian, Renaissance, Oriental, and Gothic.
Carpenter’s Hall is another beautiful place to make a visit. Built in 1773, it is an historic hall and was used as a
parading event by carpenters in showcasing their different talents. America’s first lending library-Ben Franklin Library Company, is among the important tenants that the Carpenter Hall has housed. The hall has major works in furnishings, steeples and quality features like window and door frames.
Powel House in Philly’s upper crust, is named after Samuel Powel, a former mayor and colonial dignitary who organized ‘sinful dinners’ for his fellow dignitaries. The 1765 mansion is affluent despite its old age and has such features like a 1790 crystal chandelier in the upstairs ballroom which is surprisingly huge.
Have Dinner In An Historic Building
For a relaxing meal or dinner, Morris House Hotel is an ideal historic place. There are also different accommodation packages to choose from including, overnight accommodation for two nights and free parking on the opposite side of the street. You will also be treated with a complimentary glass of white or red wine in the evenings and elegant meals and breakfasts.
There you have it- a visit to Philly can be accomplished in two days filled with history, architecture, shopping and dining in style.