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.
Mojito at Cuba Libre
The salad I ate at Rouge was ahh-mazing.
Afternoon coffee + treats at Parc Brasserie
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?
Another more affordable option is the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, which will cost a total of $307 via Priceline.
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!