Being a solo traveler offers me a chance to be my own boss, going where I want to go and seeing what I want to see when I want to see sights, without catering to the other person(s) travel desires.
Depending on how much time I have to enjoy my vacation will depend on what mode of transportation I use. Not everyone likes to drive, fly, take a bus or use Amtrak; this is also an individual preference. When I have the time, I enjoy taking Amtrak.
Reserve a sleeper car with all wonderful meals included. Amtrak has an observation deck that has Wi-Fi where I can relax with my computer and have never-ending cups of coffee. I can relax in a recliner and read the paper with 24/7 coffee brewing.
Plan one week for a Philadelphia trip by Amtrak. Allow four days on the train, two days there and two days home, with three days to sight-see.
My hotel preferences are those with good security. I like to stay at hotels in downtown Philadelphia where I pay a bit more. After checking into the Sheraton in downtown Philadelphia, I am ready to see some sights. It makes no difference if a pack a full three days into my visit, because I will get plenty of rest on my return Amtrak trip home.
I planned my itinerary well in advance of arriving in Philadelphia, and I try to stick to this plan. I will eat a continental breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel every morning and a late lunch and early supper each day.
I categorize attractions into groups, such as day one, I will visit museum venues like the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, The Franklin Institute and the Mummers Museum. I schedule three museums to see for my first day of adventure. I arrive at my first choice as soon as the doors open and allow two hours at each museum.
Since I enjoy the history of America, I like to see how people lived when American was in the infant stages of growth. I wanted to stand in the same building where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution signed and to imagine what that was like. My first option to visit is Independence Hall. I think that I can see this in about one hour. I do not have to pay an admission fee and this is great news for me. I do realize that some of my decided attractions require an admission fee, and I came prepared. In close proximity are the National Constitution Center and the Liberty Bell. I allowed three hours to visit for both of these landmarks. I ate a lite lunch at T.G.I. Fridays on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The Betsy Ross House, takes me about an hour to view. All of this sightseeing does tend to wear on my body so I fit into my agenda a visit to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. This historic landmark allows me time to sit in the church atmosphere and reflect whatever comes to mind while I enjoy the beautiful artwork of this historic and reverent place. I allow one hour to sit, rest, reflect, and take pictures.
Winding up my second day, I will visit Reading Terminal Market. This market is the size of bout two football fields and packed with every foreign restaurant imaginable. Vendors offering unlimited and unusual and and homemade baked goods make up the other half of this amazing market. I will allow myself three hours to browse and have dinner in the market at a wonderful Chinese restaurant.
On this last day, I plan to visit the United States Mint, Penn’s Landing and wind the day up with shopping and dinner in the South Street area. There is a concert in progress that I want to hear plus a variety of vendors. I want to have lunch on the Moshulu, docked at Penn’s Landing. This square rig is one of the oldest boats still afloat and it has been fashioned after a superb and unique restaurant.
After lunch, I will head to South Street to shop and have a late dinner then back to the Sheraton to pack for my trip home. I found a pleasing comfort food dinner meal at Tattooed Mom’s Restaurant on South Street. This was nothing special yet an awesome meal.
Morning of day 4
Catch the Amtrak for a restful two days before returning home.