Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM.

Back in October, I took a trip to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. It was my first time being in any of those states. During the trip, I spent one day in both Philadelphia and New York City. I’d always loved New York from a distance, but after those two days, I was surprised to find that I liked Philadelphia so much better. The history, the cheese steaks and the beautiful architecture stole my heart.

I want to share with you the five best experiences I had in Philly, and in the same breath, the five things you can’t miss if you decide to go.