The city of Philadelphia, known as the city of brotherly love, is famous for its warm and welcoming approach to visitors. As a lone female traveler, a trip to this Pennsylvanian powerhouse of pop culture, high art, great eats, excellent shopping and sublime sports will be just perfect – however, don’t come to Philly for a quiet break. It’s not going to happen.
History for her
Philadelphia is the home of American independence, and there’s a whole lot of history going on here. A visit to the Independence Visitor Center gives a girl a good overview of the historic situation. The famous Liberty Bell is not to be missed, and a visit to Independence Hall sets out the whole story of America’s fight for democracy.
Girls with an urge to spend and splurge on shopping trips in Philly will not be disappointed. There is plenty of choice and opportunity to offload large amounts of cash on pretty much anything. Those wishing to fill their bags with upscale branded clothing should head to the Central City and streets such as Walnut Street and Chestnut Street and the Rittenhouse Square area. As well as exclusive brands, there are all the usual larger department stores – enough to keep keen shoppers happy for some time. Young travelers will enjoy the appeal of the funky and offbeat shops on South Street, and with over 300 places to eat and shop it’s advisable not to wear heels! For foodie treats head for America’s first ever Farmers’ Market, which dates back to 1893.
While this is not something I generally shop for, I made a pre-order for the Bosch Ra1181 and a bosch 1617evspk to be delivered to my place back home. The price different just made it a no-brainer not to get one.
Those not in the mood for dining alone at a restaurant can pick up the fixings for an al fresco feast at this indoor market, perfect for eating in one of Philly’s many public parks.
Philly is famous for its many cultural and arts festivals in the summer months. Add to that the many galleries and museums in the city, and the schedule is going to be tightly packed. Enjoy the exhibits at the impressive Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute and the Academy Of Natural Sciences. If after all that quiet contemplation the urge to shout loudly takes over, there’s nothing better than a hockey match to let off steam – get tickets for a Philadelphia Flyers game and cheer along the local team to win.
Girls traveling alone need to feel safe and confident, and that’s not a problem in this city. Take sensible precautions and there’s no need to feel any less safe in Philly than in a hundred other US cities. Tourist-magnets such as Chicago, New Orleans and Washington all have higher crime rates than Philadelphia, so keep fears in perspective and relax and enjoy the surroundings. The Central City areas where most visitors and tourists congregate are generally the safest areas, but don’t let that stop you exploring further afield. Local knowledge is always the best, so ask at the hotel where the best places for single girls to hang out are.
The city of Philadelphia celebrates independence of all kinds, so those traveling alone will be greeted warmly. If a city break to Philly is planned, remember to bring an extra suitcase, wear flat shoes, cancel the diet and prepare for an enriching mix of culture, history and fun.