Review: New York and Philadelphia


Irene Carson, senior travel consultant at Co-operative Travelmaker, visited New York City and Philadelphia to experience what the cities have to offer.

First impressions 

Both places have so much to offer and it only takes around 90 minutes to get between New York and Philadelphia via train. New York offers so much, including arts, dining and the very best shopping, whereas Philadelphia is the place to go to find out more about America’s early history.

Best time to visit both cities 

It depends a little bit on what you want to experience but New York is famous for its ice skating in Central Park around Christmas, so if you want an extra special winter experience then visit in December.

But the city is just as good on New Year’s Eve – visit Times Square to see in the new year. Or Fifth Avenue on St Patrick’s Day is also pretty spectacular.

New York and Philadelphia share more or less the same weather seasons. The cities are very cold between December and February and usually sees lots of snow.

Summer months fall between June and August – the perfect time for picnics in the park or shopping trips.





Top experiences in New York 

Must see:

  1. Empire State Building
  2. Statue of Liberty
  3. Ellen’s Stardust Diner with the world famous singing waiting staff are definitely top of the list

Bus tours are also great days out and ideal for exploring the city. Movie bus tours are good but ‘The Ride’, an interactive tour and show where passengers can interact with passers-by as well as actors who have been dotted around the city, is especially memorable.

The Hudson River Evening cruise is also fantastic, providing great food and entertainment. The view of New York and the Statute of Liberty by night is a beautiful sight to behold.


Top experiences in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of the most historical cities in the world. The Independence Hall in the city centre is where the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. Opposite the Hall is the iconic symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell.

The ‘Rocky Steps’, made famous by Sylvester Stallone in the classic American movie, is also a must see. The 72 stone steps lead up to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum has various exhibitions and themed rooms including, a classic Japanese teahouse. In addition to the Museum of Art, there are countless other art galleries in the city displaying the classics right through to modern art.

The One Liberty Observation Deck, also called Philly From The Top, is an 883ft high observation deck located on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place. On a clear day you can see for over 30 miles to New Jersey.

Philadelphia also boasts the oldest residential street in the United States, Elfreths Alley, which dates back to 1702.

There are currently 32 houses on the street with the longest standing house being built in 1728.


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