Big Apple & Capital Cities
Travel 03 Feb 2020
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- 3 nights Wellington Hotel, New York City - Standard room
- 2 nights Wyndham Historic District, Philadelphia - Standard room
- 3 nights Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington, DC - Standard room
- Flights to Newark returning from Washington, DC with Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, Amtrak train between New York, Philadelphia & Washington and prepayable taxes.
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Within easy walking distance of the Theatre District and a short stroll from both Times Square and Central Park.
This modern hotel sits in the heart of the historic Old City yet is also just steps from Philadelphia's modern downtown centre, offering the best of both worlds. Within walking distance you'll find the Independence National Park, Liberty Bell Centre, Independence Hall and much more. Each of the guest rooms are well appointed and provide ample space to relax, while during the warmer months the rooftop pool is a great place to refresh and soak up the city views.
In the heart of Washington DC’s hottest new neighborhood, the Capitol Skyline Hotel redefines the notion of an urban chic hotel. First designed in 1962 by Morris Lapidus – architect of the renowned Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach – and recently refreshed by New York interior designer Scott Sanders – the creator of the Ralph Lauren Interior Design Department – our hotel boasts uber-chic architecture and interiors unlike any hotel in the nation’s capital.
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Regarded as the most exciting city in the world, a trip to New York is the experience of a lifetime. A global centre of entertainment, fashion, media and finance where world-class museums and unforgettable icons like the Statue of Liberty beckon, New York pulses with an irrepressible energy. Equally rewarding are the colourful neighbourhoods, historic streets, trendy bars and astonishing array of eateries which all add to the urban buzz.
Where better to take in the grandeur of the Big Apple than from an observation deck, be it the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock or One World Trade Centre. The iconic Empire State building, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, has breathtaking views from its open-air observatory, and is open until 2am every day; Top of the Rock, at the Rockefeller Centre, actually has three observation decks and all perfectly showcase the City's spectacular skyline; three levels of views are also found at the One World Observatory, at the top of One World Trade Centre, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Alternatively, book a helicopter tour for a real bird's eye view of New York.
If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, an American landmark which stretches over the East River connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. The walk takes about 40 minutes and delivers exhilarating views. If you want a close-up view of New York's most familiar landmark, the Statue of Liberty, you'll need to hop on one of the ferries that run from Battery in Lower Manhattan to Liberty Island. Visitors can view the museum and climb the stairs to a balcony located at the top of the statue's pedestal, but if you want access to the crown, you must reserve tickets in advance – usually about two months before you wish to visit. Continue your ferry journey to Ellis Island and visit the museum which tells the story of immigration from the colonial era to the present day.
The city's countless other attractions include Central Park, the world's most famous urban park, which contains world-class museums and hosts countless activities and concerts, especially in the summer; Radio City Music Hall, a 1932 art deco theatre offering musical extravaganzas and films as well as guided tours; and Carnegie Hall, New York's first great concert hall. Further cultural offerings can be found on the Upper East Side stretch of Fifth Avenue, known as the Museum Mile it takes in The Met, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and a handful of others. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is on the site of the former World Trade Centre and pays a moving tribute to those who lost their lives.
The bright lights and giant billboards of Times Square are another must-see. Big, bright and unforgettable, Times Square is a great place to people-watch, shop and eat. There's also a TKTS discount booth here, which offers up to 50% discount for tickets to many of the Broadway shows. No visit to New York is complete without experiencing a show on Broadway, be it a musical, long-running hit or fascinating drama.
Whatever your retail pleasure, you'll find it in New York. Where better to begin than Fifth Avenue, regarded as the city's premier shopping area, it's home to many flagship stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and Saks 5th Avenue. The 34th Street Shopping District has over 175 department stores, shops and boutiques including Macy's, while Soho Shopping District is where you'll find Bloomingdale's; the Greenwich Village Shopping District houses one-of-a-kind shops amongst the mainstream retail names; while South Street Seaport is an historic spot with shopping, dining and entertainment.
New York is also rightfully known for its restaurants and nightlife, whether that means sophisticated cocktail bars, dance clubs, taverns, a trendsetting restaurant, classic steakhouse, pizzeria or a bagel bakery, your choices are as limitless as your cravings.
Regarded as the birthplace of American democracy, historic Philadelphia is one of America's most beautiful cities which merges the buzz of a big city with the charm of a small town. Founded by William Penn and nurtured by Benjamin Franklin, history buffs can celebrate the past while art lovers and die hard sport fans will also find much to adore in the City of Brotherly Love.
There's probably no better starting point than the historical square mile of cobbled-streets that incorporate Independence National Historical Park. Here you'll find Independence Hall, the redbrick building where in 1776 the Founding Fathers came together to sign the Declaration of Independence and 11 years later representatives from a dozen states laid the framework for the US Constitution. Also here is the Liberty Bell, which used to adorn the State House, but now resides across from Independence Hall.
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, modelled after Paris' Champs Elysees, boasts some of the city's most acclaimed museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Franklin Institute and the Barnes Foundation. As well as an astounding art collection within more than 200 galleries, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is also the location of the Rocky Statue and the Rocky Steps – better known as the Art Museum Steps. Making an iconic trip up the steps is regarded as a rite of passage, particularly for first time visitors!
The Franklin Institute is the region's premier science museum and features an abundance of child-friendly exhibits, including a walk-through giant heart, Your Brain exhibit, Space Command and SportsZone; it's also home to the renowned Fels Planetarium. The Please Touch Museum will also appeal to children, with a host of interactive exhibits, daily activities, theatre performances and a century-old carousel.
Don't miss the stunning architecture of Philadelphia's City Hall, which was the tallest occupied building in the world until 1909. Then head over to the crumbling, but endlessly fascinating, Eastern State Penitentiary, which opened in 1829. Now a museum, you can take a tour to see what life was like during operational years and hear stories of notable inmates, including Al Capone.
Discover diverse districts such as Rittenhouse Square, an upmarket neighbourhood filled with shops, boutiques, outdoor cafes, elegant restaurants and a genteel park; Society Hill Historic District with its unique blend of 18th century buildings, restored warehouses and colonial homes; Washington Square is a relaxing, green open space home along with Antique Row and Jeweller's Row; South Philadelphia is where you'll find charming homes and family-owned eateries; while University City has six colleges and universities as well as the Philadelphia Zoo.
Shoppers can take delight in the exclusive boutiques and brand-name stores along Walnut Street, while Macy's can be found near Washington Square and South Street is a loud and bustling street with stores and multi-ethnic restaurants. Reading Terminal Market is the city's famous indoor foodie paradise that is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and delicious sandwiches to artisanal cheeses and desserts. Before you leave, be sure to have a taste of the celebrated Philly Cheese Steak!
With magnificent monuments and memorials, gracious government buildings, vast museums, broad avenues and eclectic neighbourhoods, Washington, DC looks the part as America's capital city. While political drama and scandal bubble under the surface, the streets teem with trendy shops, funky marketplaces, lively bars and inviting restaurants.
The American capital puts on quite a display for its visitors, and, best of all, there's free admission to all the major attractions on the National Mall, a great swathe of green that stretches from the foot of the Capitol Building to the Potomac River. Sights on the National Mall include the Washington Monument, built to honour George Washington; the inspiring Lincoln Memorial; the beautiful domed Jefferson Memorial; the epic and moving Vietnam War Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
Rising up from the Mall, the impressive US Capitol Building symbolises steadfast American democracy. While it is a working office, as the seat of the House of Representatives and the Sentate, the Capitol Visitor Centre offers tours and gives an insight to the building's history. Nearby is the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, set within three beautiful historic buildings with free tours available.
For a window into America's most famous house, head to the White House Visitor Centre, which has excellent interactive exhibits and numerous artefacts. Tours of the interior are possible, but must be arranged well in advance via the embassy.
No visit to Washington, DC would be complete without taking in some of the magnificent Smithsonian Institution. Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum, education and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. From the origins of man at the Natural History Museum to the future of space travel at the Air and Space Museum, these museums appeal to all ages. Equally impressive is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a moving memorial to one of history's most important events, and one of its greatest tragedies. Newseum is another top destination in Washington, DC, which highlights 500 years of news history through unique exhibits and multimedia galleries (closing 31 Dec 19).
Just across the Potomac River is Arlington National Cemetery and, while cemeteries don't tend to be among a city's must see list, Arlington is the exception. It is the final resting place for 400,000 active service personnel as well as President John F. Kenndy. Also just outside the city in the quaint riverside town of Alexandria, is the former home of George Washington. The beautiful Mount Vernon estate includes the iconic mansion, outbuildings, tomb and working farm.
The city's eclectic neighbourhoods range from the history on Capitol Hill to the high-end boutiques, grand homes and luxurious hotels in Georgetown to the grand hub of Dupont Circle and the funky bars and offbeat shops in hip Adams Morgan. For a serious shopping spree, Georgetown is probably the most famous area to indulge in retail therapy, but malls, boutiques, markets and designer stores are dotted throughout many other neighbourhoods, making the city a true shopper's paradise. Washington, DC is also regarded as one of the culinary capitals of the world, with a fantastic variety of cuisines and dining experiences. Head to Georgetown for trend-setting restaurants, Downtown for great seafood and Adams Morgan for ethnic specialities.
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