Vacation for Under $500: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Skyling

Philadelphia is a short escape from NYC by bus, and you can also easily get there from Washington D.C., Boston, etc. for a weekend. While still a major city, Philly is much calmer and less crowded than New York – a nice change once in a while!

There are plenty of museums and historical sites to visit in Philadelphia. I also love to shop on Chestnut Street at stores like South Moon Under, which is a contemporary boutique carrying brands like Rebecca Minkoff and Trina Turk. And of course don’t miss the Anthropologie here – since the company is based in Philly their home store is AMAZING!

For dinner I love Continental, which is trendy but still yummy with tapas-sized offerings. Perfect for food + drinks to begin a night out. Another restaurant favorite is Cuba Libre Restaurant + Rum Bar, which has a very fun vibe and delicious mojitos.

Continental Mid-Town, Philadelphia

Continental Mid-Town

Cuba Libre Restaurant in Philadelphia

Mojito at Cuba Libre in Philadelphia

Mojito at Cuba Libre

If you’re brunching the next morning or stopping somewhere for lunch, head to Rouge (super cute spot!) or Parc Brasserie, which are both located in Rittenhouse Square.

Chicken Salad at Rouge in Philadelphia

The salad I ate at Rouge was ahh-mazing.

Parc Brasserie, Dessert, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Afternoon coffee + treats at Parc Brasserie

Get There:

Megabus buses depart almost every hour for $15-20 each way.


A 2-night stay at Hotel Monaco the weekend of April 12th will run you $413. Since transportation was so super affordable, you can afford to splurge on a hotel, right?

Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia Rooftop Lounge

Another more affordable option is the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, which will cost a total of $307 via Priceline.

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

Total Cost (Bus + Accomodations): $337 to $453 for one, $169 to $227 each for two

Where do you want to go? Where are you traveling from? Let me know in the comments and I’ll try to find your vacation for $500!


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