Philadelphia Birthday Trip


For Francisco’s “13th bday trip” (at almost 20), Kraig took him to Philadelphia. I’ll detail their itinerary below, but here are a few of the details below for planning purposes.

We booked City Passes, which were good for both days and included the Aquarium, Franklin Institute, Zoo, Bus Tour, One Liberty Deck, Eastern state Penitentiary, Museum of American Revolution, and National Constitution Center.

We also booked a Philadelphia by Foot Tour, a company we try to use everywhere we go. He did the Independence Mall Tour, which included outside the Liberty Bell, outside Independence Hall, outside Congress Hall, 1st and 2nd Banks, City tavern, Christ Church, Elfreth Alley, Franklin Burialgrounds, Old City Hall, and the Betsy Ross House.

They flew in on Saturday at 10. They took a taxi from the airport to the city center. They went straight to the Independence Hall Visitor’s Center for their bus tickets, then took the bus around. They stopped at Reading Terminal for cheesesteaks, went to the Eastern State Pen, and stopped at the Art Museum to see the Rocky Statue and run the steps. They got off at a bus stop near their Airbnb.

Liberty Bell

Their Sat night plan was the 49’ers vs Warriors game. They caught a taxi over, planning to eat around the stadium, but there weren’t many restaurants and everything was jam-packed. Instead, they ate IN the game. The uber back to their lodging was easy.

On Sunday AM, they were at Independence Hall at 8:55 AM to get their tickets (pre-booked). Their tour was at 9:40 and they took a 30 min tour and saw the Liberty Bell. Their Philly by Foot Tour was at 10:30, starting from the Betsy Ross House (just across from where they were). That tour ended at Christ Church. Their Segway tour (pre-booked) started at 12:30. That tour was really fun, although cold!


After another Philly cheesesteak, they headed back to the airport and came home!


Athena Davis loves to make memories with her people in special places. She believes in shared time and experiences over things, and she wants to help you make beautiful memories of your own on this gorgeous planet that God created! She is a mom to five, a wife, a writer and a reader, a high school English teacher, and somehow a homebody who loves to wander. Her personal travel passions are national parks/outdoor travel, mission work, and educational/theme trips such as Holocaust education, literary tours, and historical sites. She would love to help you plan the trip of your dreams or just a quick jaunt to make some memories between the day-to-day of life!  Athena would love to help you plan the trip of your dreams or just a quick jaunt to make some memories between the day-to-day of life! Contact her at or call 423-284-3755!