Sandwiched between New York and Washington DC, Philadelphia often gets overlooked by travellers heading to the big-ticket attractions of the East Coast. But they’re missing out. The city has plenty of bright lights, bustle and high-flying architecture but is also undergoing an artistic boom in creative, gallery-filled neighbourhoods such as Fishtown and Northern Liberties. Add in craft beer, historic cobblestone streets, brilliant independent stores and cultural institutions and you have all the ingredients for an excellent city break.
To really get into the groove, the StayLokal (staylokal.com) has six apartments that combine home comforts (your own kitchen from which to order groceries and takeaways) with fancy hotel touches (luxury sheets, fantastic rustic-elegant design) and what they describe as invisible service, which means you can enjoy your stay with total freedom.