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Combine the fascinating capital of the USA with the beautiful and historic city of Philadelphia.
There’s no city in the world like Washington D.C., one of the youngest yet most powerful capital cities in the world. Museums, monuments, renowned sights and of course the iconic White House, the nation’s capital is teeming with must see sights. In Philadelphia feel the essence of a nation’s past as you stand surrounded in the ‘Birthplace of American Independence’.
- Washington D.C.’s numerous Smithsonian museums and galleries are one of its crowning glories; and entry to each of the attractions, as well as the zoo, is free
- Although a few days is sufficient you can spend a week truly making the most of the city’s many cultural sights
- Both Washington D.C and Philadelphia have fantastic rail links with other eastern American cities such as New York and Boston
- D.C.’s historic waterfront neighbourhood Georgetown is packed with restaurants, shops, bars and fine examples of 19th-Century architecture
- In Philadelphia be sure to visit Independence National Historic Park - a 45-acre park which encompasses several well-preserved 18th-Century structures dating back to the American Revolution
Philadelphia & Washington D.C. holiday highlights
In Philadelphia head to the Center City East and West and Old City. In the east you can visit the Convention Center, spend some time wandering through eclectic Chinatown or meander down the Broad Street Arts Corridor. The west offers up an array of museums and is also home to some great shopping opportunities on Chestnut and Walnut Street as well as some of Philadelphia’s tallest skyscrapers. For a taste of Philadelphia’s history, head to the Old City where you can find historical landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall and Independence Hall. It also has a buzzing fashion and art scene with many boutiques and galleries.
You can’t go to Philadelphia without experiencing a Philly cheesesteak. It’s an icon and a citywide obsession and even if you’ve had cheesesteak elsewhere, it doesn’t taste right anywhere but Philadelphia. You needn’t look far for your cheesesteak fix as there are countless eateries offering this gooey treat, but everyone has their favourite. Ask about and find out who in your neighbourhood has the best offerings. Another local favourite is the hoagie, a long Italian roll, filled with deli meats, cheese and salad and again, there are plenty of places to get your hands on one.
If it’s Italian or Latin cuisine you’re looking for, then head to south Philadelphia. For Asian cuisine go to Chinatown through to south Philadelphia. And if you like your sweets more than your savouries, you can find ice-cream and confectionary at Bassett’s Ice Cream and Shane’s Candy Store.
Downtown Washington D.C. is the heart of the city. With its main theatre district, an array of museums, fine dining, The White House, the Kennedy Center, West Potomac Park and the beautiful Tidal Basin and National Park, there’s truly something for everyone. North Central is the trendiest of Washington D.C.’s neighbourhoods and has a vast amount of clubs, shops and restaurants as well as the Howard University. The west is upmarket and home to the historic village of Georgetown as well as the National Zoo and some of the city’s high-end shopping boutiques.
In Washington D.C. wander The National Mall, a huge concentration of instantly recognisable buildings including The White House, the US Capitol Building and a multitude of memorials, museums and galleries all nestled within beautiful parkland. Ascend to the rooftop terrace of The Kennedy Centre in the West End for views over the city skyline and take a tour of the imposing Washington National Cathedral, admiring the architecture and strolling in the grounds.
Washington D.C. has an eclectic mix of cuisines, from Ethiopian in Adam Morgan’s neighbourhood to Indian in downtown D.C. Asian and Mexican cuisine can be found throughout the neighbourhood along with many regional American cuisines.