The Liberty Bell, Crazy Drivers, Good Food and Ikea

As a history nerd, I always wanted to visit Philadelphia. We made a weekend trip up to visit the historical sites and all of the usual things to do in Philadelphia.

Even though weekend vacations usually leave us feeling tired and falling asleep at work it’s nice to get away for a few days, plus Jesse and I love road tripping together. It gives us time to talk free from the distractions of TV, video games and the Internet, so the 6 hr. drive to our hotel in Princeton, NJ was an awesome start to our weekend. Our hotel was so nice (my favorite feature was the large shower) and we slept great.

Saturday morning we headed to Philadelphia to be sightseeing tourists and apparently we were the only ones! Being from good ole Virginia, we are used to seeing history everywhere! “So-in-so was born here,” “A Civil War general crossed this road,” etc. etc. So going to Philadelphia, one of the most important cities leading up to and during the Revolutionary War, I expected to learn something new and be engulfed in history! (Insert nerd joke here) This was not the case!

The Liberty Bell = Awesome!055

Independence Hall = Ashley had a heart attack just thinking about being the same room where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed, but the tour was only 15 minutes!071


And everything else = unimpressive. Almost every other museum was empty! There were no interesting facts or explanations! So, needless to say, we were a little disappointed. 124


We also stopped at Pat’s and Geno’s, the two “best” places to get a Philly Cheese steak. We discovered these after watching a show about them on the Food Network. They were the best cheese steaks we have ever had! But the Rowlands voted Geno’s as the better of the two! 179

Sunday was sleep-in and drive home day. Why is the drive home always longer than the drive there? It felt like forever to get back to VA! We stopped a little south of Washington DC for lunch at a cute little bistro (PS: the food here is AMAZING, so we highly recommend stopping there if you’re ever in the area!) and hit up Ikea to give our bums a break. The Hubsy even bought me some frames I’ve been eyeing! (Unfortunately I have to wait until Christmas to get them) 147

We are looking for inspiration for our next roadtrip! Any suggestions??

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  1. Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Tennessee

    It’s not really a historic destination, but the shops in Gatlinburg are adorable. And they decorate for Christmas at the beginning of November, so it’s a great time to go down there and look around.

  2. 1. That’s too bad about the history. It sounds like you could get the same experience watching National Treasure.
    2. I think I saw that same special that talked about the Philly cheese.
    3. The Village Bistro sounds AMAZING.
    4. I’ve really been wanting to go to Alexandria. I’ve never personally been, and it’s not as much of a “trip” but I’ve heard good things about it. (You could go to the Georgia Ren faire next year with us)

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