Described as the “cradle of liberty,” and home to numerous iconic landmarks, Philadelphia is also renowned for its vibrant arts scene, exceptional bars and restaurants, and buzzing neighborhoods. Here’s how to make the most of your 2-day stay, covering must-visit highlights and locally loved haunts.
Day 1: Sightseeing Highlights
**Morning:**As the nation’s first capital, Philadelphia is a dream destination for history buffs. Learn about the city’s early origins on a historical walking tour. Wander the picturesque streets in aptly named Old City, and discover the monuments that make up Independence National Historical Park.
**Afternoon:**Continue your sightseeing without breaking a sweat by taking a Segway tour of Center City. Some itineraries even include stops at the City of Brotherly Love’s top cheesesteak joints, so you can sate your appetite with Philly’s most famous dish.
**Evening:**Get a different perspective on Philadelphia’s scenery with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Nighttime routes give you the chance to see the skyline illuminated after dark, and provide a relaxing way to cap off your explorations.
Day 2: An Insider’s Day in Philadelphia
**Morning:**Philadelphia may be celebrated for its museums, but you don’t need a ticket to see some of its top artworks. The City of Brotherly Love happens to host the country’s largest mural arts program, which is beloved of visitors and locals alike. Go on a mural tour on foot, by Segway, or private vehicle, and spot dozens of open-air artworks as you go.
**Afternoon:**Center City is home to Philadelphia’s best-known landmarks, but South Philly is the place to go when you want to experience local life. Take a walking tour of the Italian Market to discover one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant (and delicious) destinations, or stroll past the quirky boutiques, antique shops, and tattoo parlors that line South Street.
**Evening:**From craft beer bars to cozy taverns, Philadelphia’s convivial nightlife offerings are worth exploring during your 2-day stay. In the evening, head out on a guided pub crawl to immerse yourself in the local bar scene, or visit some of the city’s award-winning breweries.