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Betsy Ross house tour with Besty holding flag.

I’m really excited to interview Fayge Horesh of D Listers of History about Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fayge’s tips for the best things to do in Philadelphia  PA, are awesome because she grew up in this area, and she loves the grittiness, diversity and culture of the city.

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Friendship Gate in Chinatown.

Best things to do in Philadelphia PA

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Philadelphia, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Rodin Museum Two Hands statue.

Getting around Philadelphia

The local airport is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which is 15 minutes from downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Fayge says that if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. Public transit is great for traveling throughout the city. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

If you want to travel outside the city core, getting a rental car is a good idea. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Philadelphia PA - Fayge Horesh - Joe's Steaks and Soda Shop cheesesteak

Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop cheesesteak.

Places we talked about on the Philadelphia PA podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Fayge Horesh about Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Philadelphia PA
  • Green dots = best things to do in Philadelphia PA
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Philadelphia PA

Who is Fayge Horesh?

ayge Horesh is a public historian, tour guide, and freelance writer. Since her days as a six-year-old eager to infodump Benjamin Franklin Facts on anyone who would stand still long enough to listen, she has wanted to share her passion for history with others.

The creator and host of the podcast “D Listers of History,” Fayge brings her research skills, curiosity, and irreverence to discuss important but mostly forgotten historical figures. They join their audience in exploring what these often colorful people can tell us about ourselves and our society today.

Fayge also teaches private music lessons in the greater Philadelphia area and only sometimes sneaks history in between etudes.

In all the work Fayge does, their primary goal is to make both historical stories and the study of history accessible to everyone. History is crucial to understanding where we are now and how we can build a better world in the future.

Fayge Horesh with her podcast co-host Mazal

Fayge Horesh with her podcast co-host Mazal.

Here are a few of her podcast episodes:

You can connect with Fayge on her website and on social media on Facebook and Instagram.

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Museum of Art - Rain by Van Gogh

Museum of Art – Rain by Van Gogh.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Listen to the next episode when Rachel Covert of Rachel Talks Money shares the best things to do in Ericeira, Portugal. In this episode, Rachel and I talk about learning how to surf at this World Surf Reserve, attending the Sardine Festival, and touring the Palace of Mafra. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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Related episodes for Philadelphia

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  1. Pat

    I am born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. My recommendations:

    Stay: Hotel Monaco if staying in Old City, The Logan if staying near Rittenhouse/Museums. I generally avoid “Center City” because it’s mostly office buildings, not as many good restaurants, and just too busy.

    Eat: Long story short, any Steven Starr restaurant will probably make you happy. Zahav is the best, but very hard to get a reservation. For sandwiches, I would say Di’Nicks Roast Pork in the Reading Terminal Market.

    Do: I skimmed the map from this article and it seems to have captured everything. A lot of people skip the Italian Market because it’s so far out of the way, but it’s worth the Uber ride, and puts you near the obligatory Pat’s/Geno’s tourist traps.

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