From LAX, US Airways and United fly nonstop to Philadelphia. American and Delta fly direct (stop, no change of planes). American, Delta, America West, Northwest, United, US Airways, Continental and ATA offer connecting flights (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $288.
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, 1 Logan Square; (866) 516-1100 or (215) 963-1500, fax (215) 963-9506, http://www.fourseasons.com . Elegance and amenities galore in the city's art museum district. Doubles from $310.
The Inn on Locust, 1234 Locust St.; (866) 956-2878 or (215) 985-1905, fax (215) 985-0945, http://www.innonlocust.com . Cozy 24-room inn with modern appointments in the city's theater and high-end restaurant area. Doubles $125-$195.
Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts; (800) 241-3333 or (215) 523-8000, fax (215) 568-0942, http://www.ritzcarlton.com . Newly renovated hotel in a historic building. Next to City Hall; near Center City shopping, night life. Doubles from $219.
Where to go
Independence National Historic Park, 143 S. 3rd St.; (215) 597-8974, http://www.nps.gov/inde . Most buildings are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Independence Mall; (866) 917-1787 or (215) 409-6600, http://www.constitutioncenter.org . Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $5; $4 seniors, kids 12 and under.
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St.; (215) 686-1252, http://www.betsyrosshouse.org . Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; daily April-September, Tuesday-Sunday October-March.
Philadelphia Doll Museum, 2253 N. Broad St.; (215) 787-0220, http://www.philadollmuseum.com . Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission $4 for adults; $3 for seniors, students and children younger than 12.
Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2010 DeLancey Place; (215) 732-1600, http://www.rosenbach.org . Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday-Sunday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday. Admission $8 adults; $5 for students and seniors; children younger than 5 free.
Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St.; (215) 563-3737, Ext. 211, http://www.collphyphil.org/muttpg1.shtml . Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $9 adults; $6 children, students and seniors.
To learn more
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp., 30 S. 17th St., Suite 1710; (215) 599-0776, http://www.gophila.com . Check the Web site for deals at tourist sites, hotels and sporting events. Especially helpful is its section called Culture Files, with links to arts, historic sites, museums and the like.