Take the smooth Amtrak train service from either New York or Washington DC, and you’ll discover that America’s freedom city is a civilised, educated place to spend some time... it’s not only famed as the cradle of the Independence movement (with all that entails)... it’s home to some of the nation’s most inspiring artefacts, lore and legend. Go and you’ll learn about the birth of a nation.

Must see:
Just across the street from Independence Hall, bang in the centre of town, sits the Liberty Bell, one of the great icons of America’s struggle for freedom.

Must eat at:
If the rest of Philly is just too darned all-American for your liking, get a taste of the city’s truly mixed-up cultural heritage at Paradiso, an upscale (but authentic) Italian joint in South Philadelphia.

Must be there for:
The birthplace of a revolution celebrates the Fourth of July like nowhere else – with a week-long celebration known as the Philadelphia Freedom Festival in the first week of July.

Well-travelled tips:
For an ever-so-civilised cocktail, drop by at the Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel and watch the world go by with a Mojito in hand.
If you love art you’ll love the Barnes Foundation, with over 1000 works of pure genius, including no fewer than 181 Renoirs and 69 Cezannes.

British citizens can normally enter the US for business, pleasure or transit using the US Government’s Visa Waiver Program. A range of very specific conditions apply to this programme, and you can find out more here

If you intend to travel to the US using the Visa Waiver Program from 12th January 2009, you’ll need to get an electronic travel authorisation before you go. The US Embassy website has more information

Destination overview
  Language: English
  Currency: US Dollars
  Time zone: GMT -5 hours
  Good for: Singles, Families with pre-school children, Over 60s, Couples, Families with school age children
  Holiday type City break, Summer sun
  Weather Average maximum temperature: 18C (annual)
Rainfall: 1039mm a year

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