I had almost a year desiring a road trip to Philadelphia with my family, finally this summer we made it happen. Thanks to Mitsubishi we drove there in style in their comfortable and economical SUV. The goal was to spend as little as possible while still exploring what the city has to offer, essentially a budget road trip to Philly. Here is what we did .
1. Road Trip
The first thing we did was the actual road trip! We drove from New Jersey to Philadelphia in our Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that we had for the week, stopped in Mt. Laurel for Dunkin Donuts and enjoyed the views. If you haven't already, you can see my YouTube Vlog where I share the car in more detail but let me just say that it is amazing! Up to 25 city, 32 highway and a 4 star safety rating; this is the ideal vehicle for any road trip. It has a spacious trunk that fit our double stroller with no problem. I loved the fact that the interior was leather because it made for an easy clean up after Naliya spilled her Coolata. I am 5'10' and had plenty of leg room. The sound system, GPS and bluetooth wireless capabilities were some of my favorite features. This SUV is really smooth and quiet, with plenty of outlets to keep all of the families devices charged while on the road.
2. Lunch at Geno's Steaks
I saw once on Food Network's Food Feuds or it may have been Diner, Dine Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri, a Philly Cheesesteak war featuring Pat's and Genos. Going to one of the two was a must on my to do list. When we got there it was pretty much mayhem. There was no parking and both restaurants had a line around the block! The Line at Geno's appeared shorter so we went there. I ordered two cheese steaks, two cheese fries and two drinks. I can't say if it was hunger or just pure great taste but they were delicious, Aarlen really enjoyed it!
3. Tour of Murals and City
One of the main reasons I wanted to visit Philly was because of their Murals. I imagined beautiful outfit posts infront of various murals, however with two kids and an unwilling husband, those are fashion blogger plans best left for road trips with the bestie. It was hot a we were hungry, the kids were cranky so high fashion shoots in the middle of the street were not happening. We did however take a free tour of the murals and city with a map I found on Mural Arts Program site. Next time I think it is better to actually walk then try to do it driving although they appear closer in the map than in reality.
4. Enjoyed Hotel Amenities
We stayed at Wyndham Philadelphia HIstoric District, turned out to be slightly more than I wanted to spend for a night. However since I did not have a real idea of where to stay it was great because it was centrally located in Philadelphia's HIstoric District. I would describe this area like a slower paced, nicer, cleaner So-Ho. I loved the city and the hotel was really nice equipped with a rooftop pool!
5. Explored Historic District Nightlife
At night we decided to take a walk around area, we found a frozen yogurt place then walked a few blocks. There were many bars and restaurants, ideally this town is perfect for a young couple. The night was lovely for a walk, we didn't stray too far from the hotel but did take notice that the Historic District indeed caters to the night life.
6. Visit to Adventure Aquarium
Wear your comfy shoes! No really this place is pretty big and you walk so much, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. On the way home, right after you cross the Benjamin Franklin bridge is the Camden Adventure Aquarium. Technically it isn't Philly but come on, you're so close why not go. The kids loved it, there was plenty to see and do.