Travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Episode 462

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Hear about travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the Amateur Traveler talks to Larissa and Michael Milne of They recently authored the “Philadelphia Liberty Trail” book.

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Michael says “Philadelphia is where American history began. Anyone who is interested in American history should visit Philadelphia. Sometimes it amazes me. We travel around the US a lot. We see people in California, Texas, Michigan and they go ‘I’ve been to New York. I was wanting to see the Statue of Liberty. But I’ve never been to Philadelphia’. And Philadelphia is where the founding fathers got together to create this nation. And you can still walk in the buildings where they debated the Declaration of Independence and signed it, where they debated the Constitution of the United States and signed it creating this new form of government.”

Larissa adds: “I think that one of the things that most people do want to see when I come to the city is the historic District which our book focuses on. And I think there are probably a good three days worth of activities that surround the founding of the nation. There’s Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell but there is so much more than that. That was one of the reasons why we set out to write this book.” They start us at the tomb of the unknown soldier from the American Revolution to Carpenter’s Hall where the first Continental Congress met. It is also the home of the first U.S. bank robbery. Pennsylvania hospital nearby is the nation’s first hospital with the oldest operating theatre and medical library. Nearby Eastern Penitentiary was one of two sites that Charles Dickens wanted to see when he visited the U.S.

Many people can picture at least one museum in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is on top of the world renowned “Rocky steps”, made famous by the movie “Rocky”. Recently the Barnes Foundation Museum opened in Philadelphia next to the Rodin Museum. The Barnes has the largest collection of impressionist artwork outside of Paris.

Even if you don’t care about history, Philadelphia is a really big food city and a very walkable city. Fast Company picked it as one of the 20 most livable cities in the world. We learn the two best-known cheesesteak restaurants… and where they really recommend you go. Learn what sandwich the residents of Philly really eat and what the best food stalls are in the Reading Market. Come on a virtual tour of the “city of brotherly love” led by two people who literally wrote the book on it.

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Show Notes

Changes in Longitude
Philadelphia Liberty Trail Book
Visit Philadelphia
Historic Philadelphia
Independence Hall
Liberty Bell
Philadelphia Museums
West Philly
University City
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Rocky Steps
Liberty Trail
Washington Square
Society Hill
Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier
Carpenters Hall
Pennsylvania Hospital
Barnes Foundation
Rodin Museum
Eastern State Penitentiary
John’s Roast Pork
Cuba Libre
Reading Terminal Market
Dinic’s Roast Pork
Bassetts Ice Cream
Reading Terminal
Schuylkill River Park
Center City
World Cafe Live
Free At Noon
Mummers Parade
Wyndham Hotel
Christ Church Philadelphia
Burial Ground
Rittenhouse Square
Swann Memorial Fountain
Logan Circle
Penn Relays
Army-Navy Game
First Book
How AirBNB Works


we got some feedback on lastweek’s show

Travel to North Carolina – Episode 461

Jonathan wrote:

Dear Chris, I am not a travel blogger just a well traveled bloke who enjoys life living in Asheville, North Carolina. With that said, my lady and I listened to the Amatuer Traveler Podcast on North Carolina. The description given on that podcast would not make me want to visit and I got the feeling didn’t make you want to visit anymore then you already do.

My lady and I do not visit the Piedmont or the coast very much, we have, but the mountains offer so much they alone are a reason to visit. The first aspect to mention, which your interviewee failed to mention, is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The United States’s most visited national park and it is free. Great hiking, water and landscapes, and flowers in the right time of year. From the Smokys one can head south or east. West or northish will bring you to Tennessee. Maybe you even head further into NC with your motorcycle. Western North Carolina is a well know motorcycle haven. From cursing to switch backs, something crazy like over 300 in 30 miles.

We will head south. Bringing us to great rivers for swimming or soaking up the magic. Maybe some rafting on the Nantahala or finding the filming locations of Deliverance. Camping, boiled peanuts, giant trees and other nature all along the rivers. The Cherokee, the few that were not forced to Oklahoma, have their “lands” at the foot of the national park. A sad place with great potential but a seeming lack of care. If there is a stickball game, a ne jo di, being played it is a must watch. At the south-western tip of NC we reach Brasstown and the John C. Campbell Folk School. A place of peace and art. It has gotten very expensive over the years but if you have some money saved up take a class or if they are having a festival make the trip to join in the festivities and learn the history of the mountains and the school. From Brasstown little towns like Murphy, Franklin, and Highlands and more hidden areas are just a winding road away.

East from the Smokys one heads towards Asheville and the Pisgah Forest. The great city of Asheville, population 40,000(80,000 when they add the little villages around it to make it seem bigger), sits in its valley vortex surround by forest and mountains. Find a tubing tour or drink a beer or two. Donuts at a beach Boardwalk are not the must eats in NC. Asheville is where you eat. It is hard to find a bad place to eat in Asheville and everyone can find something from local meat to local vegan. Asheville is militantly local. The bumper stickers holding together the hippies’s and yuppies’s cars will tell you, ” Be Local”. With Asheville as a center hub adventure surrounds you. Adventure and beer. Most micro-breweries pre-capita in America. Hiking, Art, Festivals, Mountain Towns(Weaverville, Boone, Hot Springs, Wanyesville, etc.), Music, People, the Appalachian Trail. Come to NC at least WNC.

Love the podcast,
Jonathan always traveling with my lady Sanni

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

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