Don’t feel surprised if you fall head over heels for Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love offers a lesson in our nation’s history and world-class dining and entertainment options. Discover what makes this Pennsylvania city so great.

Early Morning: Savor Breakfast and Coffee at a Local Café

Early mornings call for hearty breakfasts and great coffee. Get both at Philadelphia’s cafes, which typically open for breakfast seven days a week. Most locals agree Sabrina’s Café serves the city’s best breakfast thanks to classics like frittatas, omelets, and buttermilk or whole-wheat pancakes. Sabrina’s has competition from Green Eggs Café, an eco-friendly establishment with South Philly, Northern Liberties, and Midtown Village locations. Mouth-watering dishes such as chicken and waffles Benedict, pecan pie French toast, and red velvet pancakes use local ingredients.

Midmorning: Soak Up History at Independence Square

Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Independence Square is a must for history buffs. There you’ll find Independence Hall, where our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and the Liberty Bell Pavilion, the home of the Liberty Bell.

Noon: Grab Lunch at the Reading Terminal Market

The melting pot of stalls at the Reading Terminal Market makes it the perfect place for lunch. Try authentic Reuben sandwiches from Hershel’s East Side Deli, chicken pot pie from the Dutch Eating Place, or those famous Philly cheesesteaks from Spataro’s. Walking around the market burns calories, so don’t be afraid to indulge in a glazed apple fritter from Beiler’s Donuts before you go.

Afternoon: Embrace Your Inner Child

Whether you’ve got kids in tow or not, you can embrace your inner child in Philadelphia. Don’t let its tag as a science museum put you off; the Franklin Institute is pure fun with computers showing how you’ll age, a neural network climbing structure, and an enormous walk-through heart. There’s more hands-on fun at the Please Touch Museum, just south of the Franklin Institute. Stop by Delancey Park and climb on the sculptures when you’re done.

The Liberty Bell in Independence National Historical Park.

Late Afternoon: Have Your Rocky Moment

Many people planning a trip to Philly have one goal in mind: running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Marciano. It takes stamina to run all the way up the 72 stone steps, but the views of Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the city skyline make your efforts worthwhile. Snap a photo with the Rocky statue at the base before you start your ascent.

Dinnertime: Discover Dining Delights at East Passyunk Avenue

When hunger pangs hit, head to East Passyunk Avenue, named one of the 10 best foodie streets in the country by Food & Wine magazine. Italian restaurants such as Le Virtu and Paradiso celebrate the strip’s red gravy roots while the Chinese-meets-Jewish flavors of Bing Bing Dim Sum and the authentic Malaysian at Sate Kampar highlight the city’s cultural evolution.

LOVE Sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza.

Late Night: Enjoy a Few Drinks at a Rooftop Bar

After a busy day of sightseeing, relax with a few drinks and a killer view at one of Philadelphia’s rooftop bars. Enjoy the craft cocktails and charcuterie at Assembly Rooftop Lounge in the Logan Hotel, nine stories above street level. DJs and live music entertain the masses at the glam Stratus Rooftop Lounge, on Hotel Monaco’s 11th story. But the granddaddy of them all is SkyGarten, Philadelphia’s tallest rooftop bar at 51 stories above street level.

Where to Stay in Philadelphia

No matter your tastes or budget, Philadelphia features a variety of accommodation options. Make one of these establishments your home away from home in Philly.

Franklin Square in Philadelphia.

Convenient Downtown Hotels

Philadelphia’s downtown hotels are within walking distance of major attractions, restaurants, and nightlife. The Franklin Hotel Independence Park is a great family option, with its indoor pool and on-site restaurant. Kids also get a free backpack filled with toys and books and complimentary milk and cookies on their first night. For real luxury, it’s hard to surpass The Ritz-Carlton. The dramatic lobby with its enormous white columns hints at its opulence. The on-site spa and restaurant should help lure you out of your lavish guest room.

Cheap and Cheerful Hostels

When you’re traveling on a budget, Philadelphia’s hostels make sense. After a busy day sightseeing, you’ll love the chill out areas at Philadelphia House, the closest hostel to Independence Square. Guests come together at movie nights and pub crawls. Apple Hostels of Philadelphia, in the Old City part of downtown, has fun facilities such as billiards and foosball tables and gaming consoles. Enjoy pasta night every Wednesday and wine and cheese night on Saturdays.

Armed with these things to do, it’s now time to start planning your Philadelphia getaway. GoDoTrip makes it easy, allowing you to book your accommodation, transportation, and other Philadelphia travel essentials from one secure location.