Destination DC (formerly known as the Washington, DC Convention & Tourism Corporation) offers many activities for Washingtonians year-round that range from cultural and historical to artistic and seasonal. Even with so much to offer residents still dip-out of the area; largely due to the cooler to cold weather. Washingtonians tend to head south for day trips, weekend getaways, and vacations. Why not ditch the idea of heading south and shoot for north instead; about a 123 miles north to be exact. Head straight up 95 North to Philadelphia.
Probably right about now you’re wondering why would anyone want to head up to Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love. There are several reasons to head to Philly in the fall, below are 5 great ones:
1. The Philadelphia Marathon is a great reason — especially for the Beltway runners out there. That weekend also includes an 8K race (Saturday), half-marathon (Sunday), a Kids Fun Run (Saturday) and the Health & Fitness Expo (all weekend long). The course begins and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the route is largely flat, but be advised there are many uphill and downhill challenges too. Runners can expect to pass by some pretty historical site like Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell. The marathon has been around since 1954 and is always held on the third Sunday of November. It’s ranked among one of the top ten largest marathons in America, boasting over 30,000 participants. It’s in collaboration with Green Mountain Energy, the Philly Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and the Philly Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement.
2. The Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia is the oldest continuous Thanksgiving Day parade, in its 96th year. It covers almost a mile and a half along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The event is sponsored by 6abc (a local TV outlet) and Dunkin’ Doughnuts.
3. The One Liberty Observation Deck is a new attraction that gives visitors a chrance to get a 360° view of Philadelphia and hear about the city’s past. Evan Evans, general manager of the Observation Deck, recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer the project costs $10 million to put together, and officials expect to see an estimated 500,000 annually. The One Liberty Observation Deck is on the 57th floor of Liberty Place. Seeing the city from that height will run you $19 per person.
4. There are three beer fests in Philadelphia to consider. There’s the Sly Fox Cyclocross by the Sly Fox Brewing Company on November 8, the Philadelphia Bacon and Beer Festival on November 14, and the Winter Beer Fest on November 21. Beer in Philadelphia — what could be better, right?
5. If none of those attractions and events is enough to convince you, how about checking out Ice Skating at Dilworth Park as comes back in mid-November, and there’s also the Rothman Cabin debut.