1 day cities (if you’re in a rush to travel around USA)

There are certain cities that are manageable within 1 day. There’s no need to stay too long, if you’re in a rush for time. I’ll be telling you what are the must-dos in 3 cities – Las Vegas, Philly and Washingtong DC!

Las vegas

Before you start gambling, whet your appetite with some soul food. Head down to M&M soul food~


They’ll serve you with free corn pancakes and will even give you more if you request for it.

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I ordered the smothered chicken with yams and mac and cheese. They didn’t really have much flavor, so I had to ask for more gravy and topped it off with hot sauce. That’s my soul food.

After which, we had to prioritize which casinos to see first.

The first casino stop we made was Caesars to watch the free show: Fall of Atlantis. It’s located next to Cheesecake Factory at the Roman Great Hall. Why we went there first was because its only from 11am-6pm.

Las Vegas Caesars' Palace

By the time we reached Vegas, it was 4pm and we reached Caesars only at 5pm. We managed to catch the last show. There’s a show held every hour for 7 mins. After the show, you can shop around at the Forum. There’s a lot of brands to look at.


Make your trip to Venetian. It’s so similar to the Venetian in Europe according to my friends. There’s 2 shows that my friends and I went for. Ann Taylor as well as St. Marks. Do walk around the Streetmosphere and shop at the Grand Canal Shoppes.

Las Vegas Venetian

After which, you can walk over to the Mirage. There will be a volcano show. It erupts every half an hour from 5pm – 11pm, with exception of 7.30pm.

Las Vegas The Mirage

Finally, it’s best to go to Bellagio at night, they have a fountain show till midnight. It’s in the front of Bellagio and it happens every 15 mins. Bellagio also has a conservatory that is open 24 hours, you can visit it after the fountain show.


There are 3 casinos that offer free drinks for customers who gamble, they’re Gold coast, Palms, Circus Circus.

Las Vegas The Palms Never Gamble!

Honestly, I tried my luck at gambling and I will never do it again.

Washington DC

Washington DC was a refreshing city after my 5 days in New York City. I felt that NYC was overall quite unsafe and relatively dirty. Washington DC, on the other hand, was clean, prim and proper. Everyone there are dressed so smartly and the lawns on the houses are properly trimmed.

There’s a few places that you should definitely try.

  1. Amsterdam Falafel shop

I heard so much about this place and how you should properly do it to get the most out of your buck is to get your falafel sandwich. Crush it, top it with the free toppings (hummus, beans…), crush it gently again and top it with more toppings. Pay for a fixed price! :D

Address: 2425 18th St NW Washington, DC 20009 United States

  1. Sundevich

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My friends claimed that they had the best sandwich in USA, if not in their lives in this place. They fell in love with the Seoul sandwich, which comprised of bulgogi beef, kimchi, asian slaw, greens, garlic mayo.

It sounds simple but definitely worth trying. The portions are huge, do share it with a friend. Or unless you’re extremely hungry. For $12? Value for money is the word.

Address: 1314 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Where to sightsee in DC?

There’s 3 places that I’ll recommend you to see in a short span of them.

1. Lincoln memorial and reflecting pool 


2. White House


3. World War Memorial



I love Philly!

I love philly cheesesteaks even when I was in Singapore. I had to go to one of the top 3 philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Luckily for me, it was located near my hostel.

Sonny’s Famous Steaks

Order the cheesesteak with bacon! It’ll be so worth it! Order another side, bacon cheesefries! OMG YUM! Surprisingly, the fries were better than the cheesesteak.

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Maybe I just prefer grilled cheese (the one I had in Portland was the bomb) as compared to cheesesteak.

Address: 228 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States


The next place I’m gonna recommend is so dear to my heart. This is the 2nd best farmers’ market ever! The first, I’m gonna give it to… The Pike’s Place at Seattle! But the second is definitely…

Reading Terminal Market!

There’s so much to eat here!


Carmen’s: cheesesteak

Melt kraft: grilled cheese brisket

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DiNic: roast pork sandwich with broccoli rabe

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Beck’s Cajun café: gator gumbo with cornbread and fried mac and cheese balls

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Bassett ice cream: oldest ice cream in the world

Beiler doughnut: – apple frititers, sticky bun, maple bacon

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Flying monkey bakery: whoopie pie

Famous 4th street cookies: Dipped chocolate cookies

Termini Bros: Cannoli

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Amish: cinnamon bun popcorn

Sweet as Fudge Candy Shoppe: Dark chocolate sea salt almonds and yogurt/salted caramel pretzels

How we accomplished all these in 1 day was to visit the market for our brunch and dinner. Do go there before it closes at 6pm!

Address: 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States

What I recommend you to see in Philly is only…Liberty bell.


The bell above is not the liberty bell. You’ve to go to the side to see the actual bell. The original bell is extremely fragile and thus it is locked inside this glass door.


Another attraction would be the Wharton Business School. But I only suggest this because we were SMU student and we wanted to see what and how our school was originally founded on.


Hopefull you’ve all the time to cover these places in a day! I’m pretty proud of my friends and I for doing all of these in a day. Exhausted but accomplished!

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