What’s so great about Philly…besides the IVAA Live Summit?
Oh, lots and lots of things!
Did you know there are 67 National Historic Landmarks in Philadelphia?! As a child growing up there, we took class trips to just a few of them, but I certainly have a deeper appreciation now for these treasures than I did back then.
Of course there are the well-known historic tourist destinations like the Liberty Bell, City Hall with the statue of William Penn on top, and the homes of Ben Franklin, Edgar Allen Poe and Betsy Ross. Some lesser-known but equally intriguing (if not more so) destinations include the illuminated Boathouse Row along the Schuylkill River and the tantalizing sights and smells at the Reading Terminal Market. But, if you just want a hot and juicy Philly Cheese Steak (the real thing), Pat’s Kings of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks are the most celebrated.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the states, but is probably more known for the front steps which were made famous in the original Rocky movie. The front lawn now houses a statue of Rocky and fans flock to it on a daily basis. Probably the greatest fun you could ever have at a museum, though, would be at the Franklin Institute of Science Museum. It’s one of the oldest centers of science education and I assure you, the inner geek that resides in all of us would have a blast here.
The King of Prussia Mall with its upscale retailers is the largest shopping mall on the East Coast.
However, if you want to get outside and enjoy the day, visit The Valley Forge National Historic Park, the Schuykill River Trail or lovely Rittenhouse Square. And if baseball is your thing, it just so happens that the Philadelphia Phillies will be hosting the Miami Marlins while we’re in town, so that’s also an option!
If all of this seems just too overwhelming, consider a guided site-seeing tour of the city in a charming trolley or horse drawn carriage.
All-in-all, this is only a smidgen of what this remarkable city has to offer. I hope when you plan your trip to the IVAA Live Summit, you allow a couple of extra days!
Kimberly McCloskey is a member of IVAA and has been working virtually since 1993. She is the Activities Coordinator for the 2013 IVAA Live Summit. Her company The Writing Partner is located in Georgia and Kimberly specializes in helping people write better. You can learn more about Kimberley on her website and make sure to sign up for her Writing Tips!