Jump in – buckle up – set off!
Welcome to the third part of our East Coast Road Trip from New York down to Key West.
Meanwhile we left New York behind us (our impressions you find here and here) ans we are on track into the 124 miles distance located Philadelphia.
Here we visited the first time friends Emi & Peter and additionally there were not only the legendary Philadelphia Rocky Steps waiting for us.
What makes a road trip so special and interesting for us is not only the ultimate freedom and flexibility how you want to plan your trip.
It is also the best way to get to know country and people very intensively.
And thats what its about while traveling, isn’t it?
The track itself, scheduled with 2,5 hours was actually one of the shortest tracks of the whole trip.
So we had enough possibilities to make one or the other break and get impressed by what surrounded us.
New Hope, Pennsylvania
We were truly lucky with the weather -pure sunlight!
Additionally no traffic issues, good mood – oh life can be so sweet!
A good tip from our friend Emi in Philadelphia was to make a stop in “New Hope” and yes! This was a great recommendation.
Around 80 miles south west of New York we reached this countryside jewel.
Such a charming small village!
Full of little wonders and cozy corners. The world seems to be still in order here.
New Hope is located directly at the Delaware River and with its 2,500 citizen it is really small.
You find it along the Old York Road, which was once the highway between Philadelphia and New York.
Because of its more or less central location between these two cities it was the ideal place for nights stay.
Especially the fairytale train station and all the beautiful and dandified little stores did put a spell on us.
You have to try a coffee and some cakes in the Lambertville Coffee Bar directly near the small train station – delicious!
Some small impressions from our stay in New Hope, bevor we went one heading towards to Philadelphia.
The whole journey was full of surprising impressions.
It was the time, when spring started to whisper very gently its first warm breath through the landscape and the sun is creating this so very special late – winterish light.
The whole track presented itself with a truly beautiful northern landscape and mixed woodlands. Such contrast to exciting New York.
Along the Delaware river, the border river between Pennsylvania and New Jersey the journey went along.
Some more impressions for you here…
On the streets of Philadelphia
When we arrived in the early evening hours in Philadelphia at Emis and Peters place there was of course enough to talk about.
We planned Sightseeing and discovering Philly for the next day anyway.
And this very next day was welcoming us friendly and light, so we looked forward a lot to our Philly-trip today.
What I need to mention is that even though it was mid of March, the weather was playing its own game.
Very suddenly Winter decided to come back. Snowsquall at its best.
Well – absolutely in time on our arrival at the Art Museum Philadelphia it stopped snowing as suddenly as it started.
But the good thing is, that the snow now gave the whole scenery the right touch.
Of course the museum is definitely worth a visit, but my main intention this time was a short photo session at the legendary Rock Steps.
Philadelphia Rocky Steps
Yes, its them. Where Sylvester Stallone alias Rocky Balboa ended up his legendary training run, standing on top of the stairs and raises the fists towards heaven – epical!
The one or another might think thats a bit cheesy, but for me this was just cool! Standing here, where once a hero of my childhood was doing exactly this.
When you are standing in front of the museum and look towards the skyline of Philly you might notice this Rocky Statue on the lower left side. You might even overlook it. Of course a photo is also here mandatory.
The Original – the one and only
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The museum as mentioned is definitely worth a visit.
Pity we just had in total this whole day to explore as much Philadelphia as possible.
Thats why we have here for you just some basic, but interesting facts.
The museum was opened in the year 1877 after there was a Centennial Exhibition just one year before here.
It contains one of the most important and also largest collection in the USA.
European & American painting, as well as many Asian art pieces and the biggest collection of the Artist Thomas Eakins from Philadelphia can be found here.
The entrance fee is:
For a two-day access to the museum main building, the Perelman Building, Rodin Museum, and the historical Cedar Grove (April–December), as well as Mount Pleasant you pay
- Adults: $20
- Retiree (65 & older): $18
- Students: $14
- Youths (13–18): $14
- Children (12 & younger): free entrance
The City of Philadelphia
After this we went on the wide alley Benjamin Franklin Pkwy into the City.
Remarkable is the installation of all worldwide national flags. This gives the whole scenery a respective international touch.
The city itself we explored within the rest of the day.
Philadelphia is one of the most historical cities in the USA.
In the time between 17090 and 1800 Philadelphia (after New York and before Washington) was the national Capital and in that time the biggest city in the USA.
In the Independence National Historic Park you find the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, in which the declaration of independence and the constitution were signed.
Furthermore you find in Philadelphia the Rodin-Museum, the Franklin Institute Science Museum, the old City Hall and much more.
A culinary highlight and worthy completion of the day was a visit in the Cheesecake Factory Philadelphia.
An original huge piece of Cheesecake (American size) was even for me too big.
But therefor tasty as …. anything can be tasty.
You find the Cheesecake Factory directly in the heart of Philly in the 1430 Walnut St, Philadelphia. Recommended!
Our stay in Philadelphia went by like in a flash. But there was no time for rhapsodies or memories.
The road was calling us and already the next morning the journey continued to the 140 miles distance located Washington DC! From there we will then share our next post with you – stay tuned.
From the streets of Philadelphia – Hendrik
All our Philly impressions like always completely in the gallery
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