Discover the birthplace of America's independence and its iconic Capital all in one incredible twin centre holiday. These cities are perfectly matched with their incredible combination of fascinating historical sights, breath-taking 19th century architecture as well as fantastic shopping, world-class restaurants and lively bars. Being smaller cities, they are also easily explored on foot, by bike or via their Metro systems, taking the stress out visiting and ensuring you can see all they have to offer.
So whether you want to see the birth of America as a nation at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia or be inspired by the breath-taking monuments of the National Mall or the Smithsonian’s incredible museums in Washington DC – discover the best kept secret that these cities share – that all of these amazing options are completely free to visit.
Both cities are easily connected by Amtrak’s Rail services with some journeys between the two taking a little as 90 minutes. Amtrak services also connect from Washington DC and Philadelphia to other fantastic cities such as New York, Boston and even Chicago and Orlando on overnight services, making it even easier to extend your holiday.
- Museums, monuments and the iconic White House in Washington DC
- Historic battlefields, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia
- Washington DC's historic Georgetown with amazing restaurants, shops and bars
- Sampling the famous 'Philly Cheesesteak' in Philadelphia
Start your Journey
What a better way to start your stay in Washington DC, than heading to the National Mall. With the US Capitol Building at one end and the magnificent Lincoln Memorial at the other, it hard not to think you are on a film set. Wander through the most visited national park and take in one of the many world-class Smithsonian museums – most are free to visit including the Natural History Museum, the National Air and Space Museum and even the zoo. Explore Capitol Hill and stroll along the Victorian Row houses and iconic neo-classical architecture. Stop off at the famous Eastern Market and make your way through the artisan food stands. Or head out Arlington Cemetery to visit JFK’s eternal flame. Explore one of the city’s most popular and walkable neighbourhoods Georgetown. Older than DC itself, the historic area boasts cobblestone, tree-lined streets and is home to the city’s boutique shops, tastiest restaurants and luxurious hotels.
"Philly" as it is better known is the birthplace of American Democracy. Explore the cobbled streets within Independence National Historic Park where preserved sites such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall - home to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Head up to the top of the One Liberty Observation Deck for the best views of the city. Head downtown for a Philly cheesesteak, an absolute must for everyone.
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