Hello, Dodeline Design readers! It’s so nice to meet you. My name is Carly Totten, and I met Sarah a couple of months ago at Hope + Union (aka: the cutest coffee shop I have ever visited) in downtown Charleston while I was on vacation. I left our meeting feeling pumped about life, so I could not have been more excited when Sarah asked me to guest blog while she is off on her adventure!

Here are some fun facts about me: I’m from outside of Philadelphia, and Kiawah Island stole my heart a long time ago. As a result, sometimes I say “y’all” – I feel like a rebel, and I love it. I graduated from college a year ago with a degree in journalism, and I love the wedding industry, which I blog about here. I wear TOMS or sandals whenever possible. If I could dip my life in chocolate, I totally would.

While brainstorming ideas for this post, I kept coming back to writing about my hometown. Because Philadelphia is a quick plane ride (or a 13 hour drive…) from Charleston, I thought I would talk about the top five things that you should do if you decide to visit with your beau, family, or a couple of close friends.

See the sites on a Segway: Y’all, riding a Segway is fun and worth the slightly steeper price tag (that’s me in the photo!). Because you are moving at a quicker pace, you will be able to see so many of the city’s sites on your three hour tour. DeTours and I Glide offer tours, and both seem like great options. I would recommend going on this tour first because it will allow you to become acclimated with Philly and help you to determine which places you want to revisit and spend more time. If you’re not feeling super adventurous, a Trolley Works tour or the Ride the Ducks tour are both options to consider.

Museum hop: Both the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are must-sees for first time visitors. The Constitution Center is also a favorite among visitors and locals alike. The same can be said about the Philadelphia Museum of Art (pull a Rocky and run up the stairs!) and the Franklin Institute.

Eat(!!): Philly is famous for many things; however, we may be the most well known for our food. Be warned: the following foods are all are delicious, but I never said they are particularly healthy. : )  While you’re visiting, you really have to have a Philly cheesesteak from the town where it gets its name. Be sure to specify the type of cheese you would like on your steak because some places will want to top it with Cheese Wiz. I don’t highly recommend this option. You also have to be sure to try Herr’s potato chips, a Philly soft pretzel, and TastyKake’s Chocolate Cupcakes (or any of the brand’s other sweet treats). Pat’s and Geno’s are two of the most popular haunts for cheesesteaks, but Reading Terminal Market is my favorite landmark to go to for any of these must try Philly foods.

Shop: Walnut Street is home to many stores, such as the Gap, Apple, and H&M. With that said, Free People, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters are also on this street and call Philly their hometown. It’s a little pricey, but you have to at least go inside of Anthropologie. The flagship store is four stories, complete with a stone façade, fireplace, wrought iron staircase, and one awesome ceiling (pictured above). I die! After, hop across the street and take a stroll through my favorite park: Rittenhouse Square. You may even catch a glimpse of a wedding party if you visit on a weekend.

Go for a walk: My favorite aspect of Philadelphia is that it’s smaller than its neighbor, N.Y.C. Walnut Street, City Hall and LOVE Park, the Comcast Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and many more famous sites form a loop, which you can easily walk. This allows you to truly experience the city’s architecture and unique feel. (Side note: It can get pretty chilly in the winter, so I would strongly suggest visiting when it’s warmer outside. The spring and summer are perfect because the city looks beautiful when the flowers are in bloom.)

Have you ever been to Philly, or are you planning a visit?

Guest blogging has been so much fun, and I hope to return again in the future. Until then, happy Monday, readers – enjoy your day!