Philadelphia is a vibrant hot spot for arts (more murals and outdoor sculptures than any other US city), culture (Barnes Foundation, anyone? Rodin Museum, perhaps?) and, of course, shopping (exit through the gift shop!)
Where to stay and what to do
Le Méridien Philadelphia
Once a YMCA, the building that houses this conveniently located hotel is full of decorative and architectural charm, from its atrium to its classic woodwork and comfy lounge. 1421 Arch St., lemeridien.com/philadelphia.
Philadelphia flower show
Feel like springtime just can’t come fast enough? A stroll through the extravaganza of blooms and beauty at the Philadelphia International Flower Show (March 4 to 11) offers a tropical paradise. This year’s theme is Hawaii: Islands of Aloha, so watch for orchids, palm trees, a 25-foot-high waterfall and performances to stir the senses. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch sts, theflowershow.com.