Hello, Philadelphia!

While almost everyone writes about their adventures outside of the U.S., I have only been outside of the border once. And it was Canada.
My traveling life ain’t too shabby though even if it didn’t involve Scottish castles and open fields in Germany. This summer my boyfriend Jared and I went on an east coast roadtip! We visited Philadelphia (1 night), New York (5 nights) and Washington D.C. (2 nights)! 
Mode of Transportation: A black Kia Optima. Although after the trip, you’d think it was yellow — shout out to you, Mr. Pollen. 
This post will cover all my Philly recommendations! 
First stop, Philadelphia 
What is the first thing you do after driving 500+ miles for 8.5 hours? Find a Chocolate Bar! Here are some of the picture’s we got from the decadent, delicious Max Brenner.
Simple but effective (aka making us spend loads of $$$ on chocolate)
 Max's Famous Chocolate Mess Party for Two -- note: there is cake under there ($15.95) Fun fact/scary realization: We smashed this in 5 minutes

In case you’re wondering, we also tried a Philly Cheesesteak from Charley’s Philly Steaks. However, we thought it was just ooooook. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. But we just didn’t think it was different from something we could have gotten outside of PA. Does anyone have a favorite Philly Cheesesteak place that we might have missed?

Although the chain had many options, we opted for a plain Philly Cheesesteak. This contained steak, grilled onions, green peppers, mushrooms and White American cheese (~$9)
And if we’re talking about food, I have to mention this — the Reading Terminal Market. This place is awesome. It has a wide variety of local food options, ranging from pastries to grilled cheese sandwiches to Mexican to BBQ! Our favorite find from this market was Beiler’s Bakery. We tried an Apple Fritter and a Blueberry cake donut (~$1 each). It was easily the best donuts we’ve ever had! So much so, that I don’t even have a picture to show you because get in my belly. 

Oh, and I promise we did other things outside of eating in Philly…

I met my long lost twin Ben at Philadelphia's Visitor Center!
If you're like us and couldn't find any parking (aka wouldn't pay -- that Party for two was expensive, ok?!) near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, there is also a Rocky figure at Philadelphia's Visiter Center in case you can't make it to the famous one. 
You know that circular square in the middle of Philly? Well, getting lost gives you a lot of photo opts for Philadelphia's City Hall!
The famous LOVE statue from the John F. Kennedy Plaza, which has recently relocated to Dilworth Park while the Love Park undergoes construction. 

That’s all for Philly. Now onto the big Apple in my next blog!

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