You may think you're unfamiliar with the city, but if you're a film fan you will not be. Trading Places, Witness and, of course, Rocky, are some of the classics that were set here. Pay homage to American independence at Independence National Historic Park, known as INHP, or 'America's most historic square mile'. Spend a day exploring its buildings, including the hall itself, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and you must get a snap of the Liberty Bell. Run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, just like Sylvester Stallone did!
Away from INHP there's much to discover in this cosmopolitan city, voted America's friendliest. In Old City, walk America's oldest residential street, Elfreth Alley. In Center City, ascend City Hall to the observation deck for great views. Hit Chinatown for a great value lunch, and at Reading Terminal Market watch the Amish farmers sell their produce. Stroll past the pristine historic homes of Society Hill, with its cobbled streets lit by gas lamps. South Street is the city's prime nightlife district, packed with bars, restaurants, cafés and clubs.
Eats & drinks
Philadelphia is perhaps the best city in the USA for gourmet restaurants, and the street food is fantastic, too. Be sure to sample a cheesesteak (a messy, melted hunk of deliciousness).
Fly directly from London Gatwick daily with US Airways.