Sure, you already know about the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross house — the Rocky statue and Love Park — South Street and Rittenhouse Square. But there's much more to Philly than that.
No trip to Philly is complete without a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary, which once housed the infamous Al Capone. Then, after you debate the finer points of a good cheesesteak at Geno's or Pat's (or better yet, BOTH!), how about a visit to the Mütter Museum to peruse its creepy collection of medical oddities? If creepy isn't your thing, admiring the intricate mosaics of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens or the one-of-a-kind art collection at the new Barnes are both great ways to spend an afternoon.
Once you've worked up another appetite, grab some dinner at one of the awesome places in the Northern Liberties and then catch some live music at Johnny Brenda's or Kung Fu Necktie. If you're not completely wrecked the next day, go ahead and run up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It's okay. We've all done it. It's fun.
- Jason Z.
Jay is a former resident of PA, graphic designer and music nerd who roams the earth searching for the perfect punk venue.