Start your holiday to America in Chicago on the stunning shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago is a city that is steeped in some of America’s richest history and yet it maintains a lively, energetic atmosphere that attracts visitors from all over the world. A great way to see the city is by boat; many river boats operate like tour buses with some fantastic ‘hop on, hop off‘ stops. There is so much to see and do in Chicago. The Field Museum of Natural History on Lake Shore Drive is home to ‘Sue’, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found – the kids will love it! If you are on a family holiday to Chicago, the Six Flags Great America is a must visit for children of all ages. It features some of the most exciting theme park rides in America and the kids will love meeting their favourite comic book heroes!
It will then be time to head to Philadelphia, known as ‘the friendliest city’ in America. Independence National Historical Park is an eight-block historic neighbourhood in the very centre of old Philadelphia. The birthplace of America, as it was here that the Liberty Bell in Independence Hall rang out, summoning citizens to hear the first public reading of the American Declaration of Independence. Other museums well worth a visit include the Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art; don’t forget to have your picture taken with the famous Rocky statue out front! Philadelphia is famous for its cheesesteaks, and they are well worth a try, but thankfully the city has evolved to enjoy a foodie scene beyond junk food. The Italian Market is the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States, stroll around, sample some delicious food and soak up the atmosphere.
Chicago-Head to the underwater viewing area to catch a glimpse of swimming sea lions or take a guided tour of the hundreds of species on view at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Admission to the zoo is free seven days a week.
Philadelphia - Don’t forget to have your picture taken with the famous Rocky statue!
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Day 4-6 Philadelphia Stay