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Festival travel: Philadelphia's Musikfest coming soon, a flight away from New Orleans

Festival travel: Philadelphia's Musikfest coming soon, a flight away from New Orleans
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By Hoodline - Published on July 11, 2019.

For 10 days in August, top acts from across musical genres will converge in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for Musikfest, one of the largest non-gated music festivals in the nation, held annually since 1984. That means there's still time to book your travel for Philadelphia, which is an easy hop from Bethlehem and the historic Lehigh Valley.

Running Aug. 2-11, Musikfest 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.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from New Orleans to Philadelphia in that time frame, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So, if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your radar. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Philadelphia flights

The cheapest flights between New Orleans and Philadelphia are if you leave on Aug. 3 and return from Pennsylvania on Aug. 6. Frontier Airlines currently has tickets for $136, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had earlier in August. If you fly out of New Orleans on Aug. 2 and return from Philadelphia on Aug. 6, Spirit Airlines can get you there and back for $148 roundtrip.

Top Philadelphia hotels

To plan your 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 treat yourself, consider The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. The hotel has a five-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $219/night.

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 4.4-star rated The Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, which has rooms for $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.

Top picks for dining and drinking

If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Philadelphia's many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.

Talula's Garden (210 W. Washington Square)

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One of Philadelphia's most popular restaurants is Talula's Garden, which has an average of five stars out of nine reviews on Skyscanner.

"After dining at Talula’s Garden, I knew that I [had a] new favorite restaurant in Philly," wrote visitor Elvira. "I wish I could give more than five stars to this place — for food, service, menu selections, ambiance … Yes, it’s kind of expensive, but well worth it."

Sabrina's Cafe (910 Christian St.)

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Another popular dining destination is Sabrina's Cafe, with 4.8 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!"

Featured local attractions

Philadelphia is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are a couple of popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

Schuykill River Trail 

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The top-rated visitor attraction in Philadelphia, according to Skyscanner, is Schuykill River Trail.

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

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

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At last, there's Kimmel Center for The Perfoming Arts.

"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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