Posted on: Tuesday, 11 November 2014

USA Road Trip: Philadelphia

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Following on from our few days in New York, we packed up all of our things and headed to the Amtrak train stations so we could head to our next destination of Philadelphia. Surprisingly the train was pretty spacious, fast and had that all important wifi so we could all get our Instagram fixes.

Upon arriving in Philadelphia we took a taxi to our Double Tree by Hilton hotel and were greeted with warm cookies - what an excellent start. Our room was also upgraded free of charge for absolutely no reason, so that was lovely too. As we were only in Philadelphia for one night, we headed out straight away to catch some sights while it was still light. We checked out the Liberty Bell, the City Hall, the Independence Hall and Benjamin Franklin's grave. Visiting Philadelphia had never really crossed my mind before, but I found myself falling a little bit in love with it's quaint streets and suburban like towns. It was a drastic change from the hustle and bustle of NYC, but with still enough buzz around to make it exciting.

On the evening we headed out to a Brazilian Steakhouse on the recommendation of the concierge. Once we arrived we quickly realised this was not your normal steakhouse. You paid a flat fee and then it was an all you could eat buffet, with plenty of salad and over 16 kinds of steak to choose from. The steak was brought to you table side and cut in front of you. You controlled whether or not you wanted meat by displaying a red (no) or green (yes) card next to your plate. If you picked green the meat would continually come to you until you switched - and it was amazing. I completely made the mistake of starting out with over 8 different kinds of steak though, and ended up getting the meat sweats and being way too full to go for another round. The bill seemed pretty pricey, coming it at over $300, but considering it was split between 4 and it was an all you can eat - you can't really complain. The restaurant was called Fogo De Chao and I certainly recommend that you go should you get a chance! We practically all rolled back to our hotel as we were so full, and couldn't wait to head to our next destination.

Have you ever been to Philadelphia?

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