They might not be the first names that spring to mind when you think about iconic american cities, but Philadelphia and washington DC both deserve a place on your must-visit list - Here's why.

Fantastic Philadelphia

As you walk along the quaint cobblestone streets of Philadelphia’s Old City and Society Hill, you may find it hard to believe that this is, in fact, the fifth largest city in the USA. Known as the birthplace of America, it’s simply bursting with fascinating historical sights, including the Liberty Bell, a world-famous symbol of freedom, and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the US Constitution adopted. There’s no shortage of fascinating museums to explore either, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to world-class science museum, the Franklin Institute. The city also plays host to thousands of outdoor murals and sculptures, and to see Philly from a different perspective, be sure to head to One Liberty Observation Deck and take in the views from 57 floors up.

Wake up in Washington DC

Packed full of iconic sights and free-to-enter museums, the US capital is a fantastic place, and nothing will prepare you for your first visit to the National Mall. With its iconic white dome, the US Capitol Building stands at one end and the impressive Lincoln Memorial at the other. In between, the Washington Monument soars to the sky, honouring America’s first president. Not far from here, a long list of world-class museums offers something for everyone, from renowned art collections and stories of African-American life to a journey through the history of aviation and space exploration. Washington DC is also the home of the President of the United States, and whilst you probably won’t be able to step inside the White House itself – a trip to the Visitor Center is definitely worth the effort if you want to learn about the history of the building and the lives of those who have called it home. When you’ve finished exploring, it’s time to hit Washington’s thriving restaurant scene. Whatever you fancy you’ll find it here, from Michelinstarred restaurants to rooftop venues, and some great-value casual options.