Today was the day! We set out today around 11:30, made some last minute stops to say our goodbye’s to our parents and shoved off around 12. We weren’t sure if we were actually going to stop in Philly or if we were going to keep driving to our first night’s stay. I had never been to Philadelphia though, so we finally plugged the Liberty Bell’s address into the GPS after about 45 minutes of driving.
We found some street parking a few blocks away from Independence National Historical Park and walked over. Entrance to see the Liberty Bell is free, so that was pretty awesome! Believe me when I say that I’m not a big history buff, like in the slightest bit… but it was really cool to learn a bit about the bell. I had known it was our symbol of Liberty but had no idea what it was used for and couldn’t remember how it even cracked. It was apparently used to alert citizens about meetings and important proclamations. It made me chuckle that the original crack in the bell wasn’t even as big as this gap, apparently somebody messed up their job big time and made it worse. (They had one job!!)
Next we walked over to Independence Hall, which was also free! They do tours every 20 minutes so we didn’t have to wait long at all. It was pretty much a history lesson, but it was awesome seeing how everything was set up when they made all those important decisions that shaped our country to what it is today.
After all that we were pretty hungry, since we were in Philadelphia I decided I wanted to try a Philly Cheesesteak for the first time, we were in a good place for it, but we were crunched on time because we pre-paid for parking and didn’t want to pay for more parking to go further and go to the most famous cheesesteak places in Philly, so we chose Jim’s Steaks on South Street and walked over. We both enjoyed our sandwiches and walked back to our car.
Overall we were only there for 3 hours, but we enjoyed it! It wasn’t too cold either, it was in the mid-50’s. The cobblestone streets are really cool, I can’t help but wonder how they deal with plowing snow though.. And the houses were really cute, all really close together but some dated back to the 1700’s. The skyline after the sun went down was amazing as well, I was driving though so I couldn’t snap a photo…
We’ll be staying with some of Elliot’s family in Silver Spring, Maryland for the next few days. In the next few days we’ll be visiting Baltimore and Washington DC.
Goodnight for now, friends!