Philadelphia Journals

Holiday Weekend in Philadelphia

A May 2003 trip to Philadelphia by Trism

Quote: Visiting old friends from college on a rainy holiday weekend -- we had cheese steaks in South Philly, went shopping at the King of Prussia Mall, and went to some museums.

Holiday Weekend in Philadelphia


There is the Old City, which includes the Liberty bell, old brownstones and horse and carriage rides. There's South Street, with off-beat stores and plenty of eye candy. For more upscale shopping, there's towns west of Philly like Manayunk. And Center City has become quite the hot destination for food, entertainment and nightlife.

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There are buses, subways and taxis readily available. In Center City, there are maps that help you locate where interesting sights are located. It doesn't hurt to have a car though, especially if you want to go to the Main Line, Delaware or the Jersey shore.

King of Prussia Mall

Attraction | "The Plaza and the Court at King of Prussia"

This is one of the largest malls in the United States. The entire time I was in college, they were doing construction on this mall. Now it's gorgeous, with high-end stores, plenty of space to walk around and window shop, with several delicious restaurants also.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

King of Prussia Mall
160 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
+1 610 265 5727

The wonderful stairs, about 100 in all, that lead to the museum, to the grand architecture, is enough to take your breath away. They feature major artists such as Cezanne that people (like my parents) drive from as far away as New York to see. They have impressive period rooms and a Marcel Duchamp collection.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street And The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130
(215) 235-7469

This museum has so many great literary attractions. I especially enjoyed viewing the collections of Mercedes de Acosta, a playwriter and screenwriter from the early 20th century who was clearly ahead of her time.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Rosenbach Museum and Library
2010 DeLancey Place
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
+1 215 732 1600