Family Motor Home Trip to Philadelphia : Your Holiday Travel Guide
If you’ve decided to pack up the family motor home and hit the highway in search of magical holiday memories, Philadelphia should be your destination. Inspiring history and one-of-a-kind attractions make this city a winner for all ages. And unlike more crowded and expensive holiday getaways like New York and Boston, Philadelphia offers a more affordable and more relaxing experience for the motor-homing family seeking a luxury weekend home for the holidays.
Whether you choose to stay in your motor home or also pamper the family in a luxury hotel, Philadelphia is easy to navigate without the traffic congestion of even bigger cities. During a recent Philadelphia Holiday Weekend, one of our clients chose to stay at the Westin in Mt. Laure. They report that their Luxury RV and their family were welcomed to their facility. Hotel parking is often free and many hotels offer large spacious lots. There are even convenient locations to park a luxury RV near historic Franklin Square area.
Food & Festivities
It’s the smell of onions grilling for an authentic Philly Cheesesteak, tasty treats from traditional street vendors and the fairy-tale Christmas scenes in department store windows that make a holiday weekend in a city like Philadelphia such a wonderful choice for the entire family. Add nearby theme parks, great cuisine and the excitement of special holiday events to your list of reasons to visit beautiful Philadelphia during the holidays!
Lights & Local Color
During the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rittenhouse Square after Santa flips the switch for the 30 feet tall trees, the square is illuminated by 5,000 brilliantly multi-colored globes. The square’s multiple festivities include holiday entertainments, character visits, roasted chestnuts, and special events throughout the season.
Speaking of holiday history, you can celebrate 25 years of the Philadelphia region’s most beloved holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, December 8-30, 2012 at the Academy of Music. Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says. “The brilliance of Mr. B’s choreography, the timeless story and score, and spectacular sets and costumes make this ballet a must-see every year.”
Historic Holiday & Fitness
Watching a child’s eyes light up as they see the Liberty Bell for the first time is one of those special moments that can only be found in historic and friendly Philadelphia. And once you’ve seen the historic sights, you’ll have endless special holiday activities to choose from in “Philly.” From the annual Thanksgiving Parade to the famous Holiday Light Show at Macy’s, there is never a shortage of holiday fun to be found. If ice skating captures your holiday fancy, we suggest the rink at Penn’s Landing. Riverrink (www.riverrink.com) is an outdoor rink open November through February. Don’t forget the spectacular fireworks over the Delaware River on New Year’s Eve.
Tours & Trolleys
If the walking tours and ice skating wears you out. You can ride in Victorian-style trolleys. Climb aboard for a 90-minute narrated tour and enjoy the treasured sites of Philadelphia. Trolley stops include Olde City, Society Hill, Fairmount Park, Independence National Historic Park, and Penn’s Landing. An all-day pass allows unlimited off and on privileges at all 20 stops. For more details call (215) 925-TOUR.
For more information about visiting Philadelphia, be sure to check out these great resources provided by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Events Calendar: http://www.philadelphiausa.travel/events
List of Attractions: http://www.philadelphiausa.travel/visitors/things-to-do/attractions
Trip Planner: http://www.yourtour.com/philadelphia
Zagat’s Reviewed Philly Cheesesteak Restaurant, Tony Lukes: http://www.tonyluckes.com