Philadelphia In Less Than 24 Hours – Blog Posts and Travel Video

View from Philadelphia Museum of Art steps

Going to Philadelphia PA with less than 24 hours to spare is probably the dumbest decision I’ve ever made. This city is incredibly beautiful and instantly became one of my favorite cities in the USA the moment I laid my eyes on it. I would’ve loved to stay for probably a week there however, I was already constrained in time when I found out that I can actually go from Maryland to Philadelphia by driving. Of course that wasn’t the real issue here, it was who was going to drive with me which is. Luckily enough, my sister is just as much as a road tripper as I am. She loves to do long drives and I love to talk nonstop during the long drives. Unfortunately, we were only able to do this on my last weekend in the USA as it was only then did she become available.

Trust me, with the very little time that we had to go around the city – I felt like I was in an episode of the Amazing Race. We definitely weren’t able to scratch the surface of what this city has to offer but it was enough for me to say that it’s beautiful which I’d love to explore more – for days, weeks or even months. We went a week before Christmas which I think is a great time to visit Philadelphia PA with all the festivities and seasonal attractions during this holiday season.

I’ve made individual blog posts for each places, you can visit it by clicking on the places I’ve visited. Also, at the end of this entry – I shared a video of our full day in Philadelphia. 🙂

Here’s how we covered Philadelphia PA in less than 24 hours:

1. Philadelphia Museum of Art (Blog Post)

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Our first stop was the Philadelphia Museum of Art. My sister is an art freak while I’m a photo freak, she admired the art while I took photos of her admiring the art. Lol. On a serious note, this museum does have a great art collection in store that even non-art freaks like I am would definitely enjoy. Apart from its art collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a great vantage point to view the Philadelphia cityscape from its main entrance.

2. Fairmount Water Works

Fairmount Water Works Philadelphia

After spending about an hour in the museum, we walked towards Fairmount Water Works which is within the vicinity of Philadelphia Museum of Art. From here, another great view of Philadelphia cityscape awaits you.

3. Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

After photos of the Fairmount Water Works were taken, we drove over to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for another photo session. 🙂 I love old churches!

4. Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall

And then we drove over to Philadelphia City Hall which was a huge disappointment for me. My intention to visit it was to be able to access the observation deck however, as it was already past 5pm by the time we arrived – the observation deck was already closed. So I just walked around the small courtyard and took some more photos.

5. Christmas Village

The Christmas Village in JFK Plaza was nearby so that was our next stop. However, it was too crowded for us which I’m not a very big fan of. We just bought a pretzel to share which was so good and made us realize that we have not eaten anything that day. It was already 6pm and my tummy only had a venti size of Starbucks’ chai tea latte and half of the pretzel that we had at the Christmas village.

6. Marrakesh Restaurant

Of course our next stop was for food, guided by my foursquare app – we found Marrakesh restaurant in South Leithgow and immediately went over there. I couldn’t have possibly chosen any other restaurant better than this to make this whole Philadelphia stay much better than it already is. Marrakesh gave us the best and a very unique dining experience that up until now, as I type this entry – my mouth is watering.

7. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

After the very delicious meal that we’ve had, we went over to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest – a seasonal attraction which starts from November to March. We spent quite a long enough time there to enjoy the festivities and watch the ice skaters.

8. Miracle on South 13th Street

Miracle on South 13th Street

And finally, to cap our Philadelphia tour – our last stop was to drive through the Miracle on South 13th street which was a block adorned by Christmas lights and decorations.

It was a highly enjoyable trip to Philadelphia PA – short but sweet. I shall definitely return. Even if it was only less than 24 hours, I still had a hard time creating a 3-minute video of our Philadelphia tour. Enjoy!


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  • image-in-ing (weekly photo linky) September 1, 2015 at 12:09

    These are very cool shots. I grew up near Philly, and I never saw most of these places. Isn’t it a shame how we often miss our local sights and sounds?
    The use of a fisheye lens in these shots was very effective.

    Thanks for linking up at

    • Pinay Flying High September 10, 2015 at 12:03

      Oh Philadelphia is one of my favorite cities in the US! I love its architecture and the vibe of the place.
      I guess I too am missing some hidden gems of the city where I live, that’s always the case I suppose. :p

  • George A. Marino April 15, 2015 at 15:13

    Next time your in Philly check out The Franklin Institute, Independence Seaport Museum, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Of course you have to get a famous Philly cheesesteak from Tony Lukes. Just a few ideas for your next trip. Just got back from there visiting my brother who live right across from Philly in NJ. Another great city to visit in PA is Pittsburgh. You’ll love the architecture there and you have to ride the Incline.

  • Dee Gilbert March 16, 2015 at 23:56

    Great job! You girls covered a lot of places in 24 hours. Philly is one of my favorite US cities.

    • Pinay Flying High March 17, 2015 at 12:04

      We just had to, Philly is an incredible city that I just have to do that very rushed itinerary. After that visit, it has become one of my favorites too. 🙂

  • Kamila Pala March 5, 2015 at 12:32

    Interesting and informative virtual tour! Thanks for taking me there 🙂 Bye. Kamila

  • G. Maria March 2, 2015 at 08:47

    Wow! I’m really impressed with how much you girls did in a short period of time! How cool you could spend time like this with your sister. I did that recently in Peru – and it was very special. Well, I must go to Philly. Ridiculous that I haven’t made it there yet. Your video rocks!


    • Pinay Flying High March 2, 2015 at 11:23

      Thank you, it was really awesome! It’s like we were in the Amazing Race though as we had to rush through a lot in such a short span of time. :p

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