Festival travel: Escape from Portland to Philadelphia for Musikfest

Festival travel: Escape from Portland to Philadelphia for Musikfest
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By Hoodline - Published on July 11, 2019.

For 10 days in August, top acts from across musical genres will converge on Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for Musikfest, held annually since 1984. That means there's still time to book your travel for Philadelphia, an easy hop to Bethlehem and the historic Lehigh Valley.

One of the largest non-gated music festivals in the nation, Musikfest, running Aug. 2-11, showcases an eclectic mix of modern music and art while paying homage to the region's German roots. Proceeds benefit nonprofits around the valley.

Expect over 500 performers, with headliners including Earth, Wind & Fire, Brad Paisley, Weezer and Godsmack. While you're there, take the chance to dig into the region's unique history, outdoor recreation and culinary offerings.

Thankfully, there are plenty of regular, relatively inexpensive flights between Portland and Philadelphia. We pulled from travel site Skyscanner to provide you with a short list of flights and hotels handpicked for the occasion. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Philadelphia flights

The cheapest flights between Portland and Philadelphia are if you leave on Aug. 2 and return from Pennsylvania on Aug. 4. Alaska Airlines currently has tickets for $350, roundtrip.

Alaska Airlines also has tickets at that price point later in August. If you fly out of Portland on Aug. 9 and return from Philadelphia on Aug. 11, Alaska Airlines can get you there and back for $350 roundtrip.

Top Philadelphia accommodations

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Philadelphia’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia (10 Avenue of the Arts)

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If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. The hotel has a five-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $219.

Set in the heart of Philadelphia, this hotel is close to attractions such as the Free Library of Philadelphia, City Hall, the Reading Terminal Market and Liberty Bell Center.

The Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia (117 S. 17th St.)

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There's also the 4.5-star rated The Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia. Rooms are currently set at $169/night.  

"Palomar hotel was lovely! Location was great — and we loved cruising through the city on their bikes. They have a wine happy hour and free coffee in the morning. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful," wrote visitor Colin. 

The Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City (237 S. Broad St.)

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 A third option is The Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City. The 4.4-star hotel has rooms for $135/night.  

"This hotel is near attractions such as the Pennsylvania Convention Center, City Hall and the Liberty Bell," wrote reviewer Lev.

Featured Philadelphia food and drink

Philadelphia has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

Talula's Garden (210 W. Washington Square)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to Talula's Garden, which has an average of five stars out of nine reviews on Skyscanner.

Visitor Elvira wrote, "I wish I could give more than five stars to this place for the food, service, menu selections and ambiance." 

Sabrina's Cafe (910 Christian St.)

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Another popular dining destination is Sabrina's Cafe, with 4.9 stars from 24 reviews.

"The best stuffed French toast made with challah bread, topped with bananas and powdered sugar," wrote reviewer Nazsh.

Pat's King of Steaks (1237 E. Passyunk Ave.)

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Also worth considering is Pat's King of Steaks, which was founded by Pat Olivieri in 1930, the self-proclaimed inventor of the cheesesteak. The 24/7 business is still family-owned and operated. 

"If you want to have the ultimate Philly cheesesteak experience, you definitely need to come to Pat's," wrote Kacie. "You won't feel like a tourist because you'll be among locals, and most of them are super friendly!"

Top Philadelphia attractions

To round out your trip, Philadelphia offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are a couple of top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

Schuykill River Trail 

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The top-rated visitor attraction in Philadelphia, according to Skyscanner, is the Schuykill River Trail. It has five stars from seven reviews.

"If you're big on trails then definitely take the time to stop by the Schuykill River Trail. It's good for biking, walking and running," wrote visitor Cierra. 

Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts (300 S. Broad St.)

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Then, there's the Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts, with five stars from 13 reviews.

"The [tour guides] are always friendly and informative, but the best part is actually experiencing a live show. The music sounds wonderful in person," wrote visitor Coy.

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