Philadelphia: A perfect day in America's surprising shopping city
US City Breaks
Jane Last spends 24 hours in surprising Philadelphia...
Rocky and the revolution
With direct flights from Dublin, Philadelphia is a cheaper (and some would say more vibrant) alternative to New York and Boston when it comes to shopping. But you'll want to see the sights too. Start with the Museum of the American Revolution, where immersive storytelling is coupled with priceless exhibits, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Don't forget to run up its Rocky steps!
How: amrevmuseum.org ($19); philamuseum.org ($20)
Shop till you drop
There's more to Stateside shopping than the Big Apple. Everything is walkable in downtown Philly, and clothes and shoes are tax-free. Center City is the main shopping district, with a Macy's, Century 21 and some really cool boutiques (do your research before hitting the streets). When hunger strikes, grab a quick bite at Reading Terminal Market (the oldest farmers' market in the US - and one of the busiest).
How: readingterminalmarket.org; visitphilly.com
Take a tour
It's fun time again! We went on the hop-on hop-off Big Bus Tour, which covers some of the best sites in Philly, and we also did a Segway tour of city murals. Best of all, however, was a walking tour of the historic district - the most storied square mile in the country. We also checked out the Barnes Foundation, whose 4,000 pieces include the world's biggest Renoir collection.
How: bigbustour.com; phillytourhub.com; barnesfoundation.org
Eat, drink, play
Philly has fab food - and it's not just down to cheesesteaks. We went to City Tavern, established in 1773, for old-world fare cooked by Emmy award-winning chef and TV host Walter Staib. Roasted duckling and a tasting menu of craft beer went down a treat. High Street on Market (above) serves seasonal menus using locally grown produce and, if you plan on staying out late, I suggest a stay in Society Hill - a historic neighbourhood with great bars within walking distance of the city centre. Sorted!
How: citytavern.com; highstreetonmarket.com
Jane travelled with American Airlines (aa.com) and Tour America (touramerica.ie), which has flights plus three nights (four-star) in Philly from €639pp.