Head stateside to explore the historic city of Philadelphia
In Pennsylvania on the East Coast of U.S. sits the city of Philadelphia. Philadelphia is home to much of the U.S.’s founding history and the foodie-famous Philly cheesesteak. Jet off to Philly on Aer Lingus’s Manchester to Philadelphia flight. Running four times a week from Manchester Airport, the flight stops off in Dublin where you’re cleared through US customs and then straight on to Philadelphia so you can get exploring as soon as you land.
Close to Macy’s and the Liberty Bell, this 4-star hotel’s central location makes it the perfect hub from which to explore the city on foot. Set inside Philadelphia’s first skyscraper, the Loews Hotel is topped by a red neon sign saying ‘PSFS’ (Philadelphia Saving Fund Society), a reminder of the building’s former days as a bank.
Come here for a slice of Philly’s foodie history! For over 70 years, Campo’s has been rustling up one of the best cheesesteaks in Philly. To us Mancs that’s thinly sliced rib eye steak, sautéed onions and hot peppers topped with your choice of cheese.
This Mexican restaurant is an Insta-lovers paradise. With colourful tiles, plenty of plants and neon signs, as well as perfectly presented tacos and made-to-order tortillas, you’re sure to come away with some envy-inducing snaps. Look out for Mission Taqueria’s ticketed monthly TACOLAB – one-night-only menus from guest chefs based in Philly.
Combining country and cosmopolitan, Urban Farmer is a modern steakhouse that’s popular with locals and tourists alike. Their breakfasts are great way to fuel up for a big day of exploring. We recommend their buttermilk pancakes with strawberry rhubarb preserve and Pennsylvania maple syrup.
Delve into North American political history and visit the room where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. All visitors are taken on a guided tour of the first floor of Independence Hall. You need a ticket between March and December, but entry is always free. Tours operate roughly every 20 minutes so there’s no need, so you can turn up anytime between 9am and 5pm.
Opposite Independence Hall stands this world-famous symbol of freedom. Today, the bronze bell is displayed in a glass chamber showcasing its iconic crack and inspiring inscription ‘Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof’. Don’t expect to hear this bell ring freely, no one living today has heard it but there are plenty of exhibits about its history and myths surrounding it, and best of all entry is free.
Made famous by the Rocky films when Rocky runs up the museum steps, this arty spot is a must-visit. Get a glimpse of world-famous paintings by Cézanne, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh, including his legendary Sunflowers. Make sure to save time to check out the Rodin building dedicated entirely to the works of the famous sculpture best known for ‘The Thinker’. Don’t forgot to do your best Rocky impression and dash up the steps yourself!
We loved Philly’s chilled out atmosphere but if you fancy experiencing the bustle of the Big Apple then Amtrak offers a speedy train service to New York City. A return ticket from 30th’s Street Station to NCY costs around $80. Philadelphians often travel this route to head into the city for drinks or to catch a gig at Madison Square Garden.
Book your flight at aerlingus.com