Museum of Art
A must on Philadelphia holidays, this is the third-largest art museum in the States, with 200 galleries packed full of masterpieces by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Pollock - and the largest collection of works by Marcel Duchamp anywhere. Don't forget to run up the steps like Sylvester Stallone did in the Rocky films.
Philly's oldest district, where William Penn and his fellow Quakers first settled, has plenty of history - including America's oldest continually inhabited street, Elfreth's Alley, and the house where Betsy Ross is said to have sewn the very first Stars and Stripes flag. But Old City has another side, and its streets are also filled with galleries, boutiques and buzzing night-life.
Out of Town
Take a trip outside the city to the area around Lancaster, where Amish communities farm the rolling countryside. Dressed in the same style of clothes that they have worn for centuries and travelling by foot or horse and carriage, these people tend to keep themselves to themselves. You can also see Amish at Philly's Reading Terminal Market, where they come to sell their fresh produce.
Whether you’re browsing the food stalls at Reading Terminal Market or looking for tax free clothes at Simon Shopping Destinations’ gigantic King of Prussia or are hunting at Philadelphia Premium Outlets for designer bargains, it’s worth making time for some retail therapy on a visit to Philly. This city offers the best of both worlds, from chic and sophisticated to funky and fun.
Grab A Cheesesteak
An essential part of Philadelphia holidays is to sample the local speciality, the cheesesteak sandwich: sliced rib-eye beef topped with melted cheese, served in long white roll either with or without onions. You can get them pretty much everywhere, but Pat's and Geno's opposite one another in South Philadelphia both have great reputations and an ongoing rivalry.