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Planning Your Trip

A city with an array of attractions and seasonal weather, Philadelphia is ideal for a weekend getaway. While the open spirit of the city means anything goes when it comes to wardrobe, there are a few things to keep in mind when packing your bag.

The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy's Center City
The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy's Center City
Planning Your Trip
What to Pack

If you’re athletically inclined, pack your running or rowing gear to work out on Philadelphia’s many trails and rivers while enjoying another view of the city. Runners can follow in the footsteps of Rocky’s Sylvester Stallone with a jog up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art or hit one of the many trails that wind through the city or along the scenic Schuylkill River. Schuylkill Banks offers kayak tours of the city and scenic cruises offering historical views, including the Museum of Art and Boathouse Row.  

Exploring the City

A revitalized downtown, artsy former industrial areas, and creative new restaurants and breweries will have you exploring every inch of Philadelphia.


  • Philadelphia has four seasons: cold, snowy winters; hot, sunny summers; and lovely, though less predictable, autumns and springs. Bring season-appropriate, packable layers that mix and match, and a travel umbrella just in case.

  • Bring at least one pair of comfortable, flat shoes for walking plus one pair of dressier shoes for the evening.

  • Finding the right daytime bag is worthy of your attention. Something that goes with everything and leaves your hands free, like a roomy leather tote or sleek backpack — is best for toting your essentials while you’re on the go.
Weekend Getaway

Fall in Philadelphia is crisp and cool, with temperatures from the 40s to the low 60s.  You could bring a few summer items, for those sunny days, but no shorts, combined with layering pieces and a jacket. For late fall, a hat, gloves, and scarf may be necessary on the chilliest days.


  • A long weekend is a perfect time to soak up Philly’s layered history and modern diversions. Pack light to keep your focus on mobility and comfort.

  • Layers are your best clothing option when planning a trip to the Northeast. Pack several short- and long-sleeved cotton T-shirts or button-down shirts, two or three light sweatshirts or cardigans, and at least one warm sweater.

  • Bring a pair of socks for each day, plus several extra pairs and a few pairs of shoes: a fashionable sneaker does double duty in the fitness center and exploring the city; a stylish flat can dash through the airport and take you on an evening out.

  • It’s always a good idea to load the weather app on your phone for the most recent forecast, though packing a small travel umbrella never hurts.
Cultural Considerations

There’s nothing worse than starting a trip by fumbling with an unwieldy bag. Here’s how to make sure yours is perfectly packed.


  • Philly style is chic and simple. You can’t go wrong with well-made basics in complementary colors (or, when in doubt, black) that mix and match together with ease.

  • Philadelphia is dense with American history. Do some research in advance, bring a guidebook or ask your concierge or local contacts for information to make the most of your stay.

  • Even fine-dining restaurants here may have more relaxed dress codes than you’re used to. But Philadelphians enjoy dressing up and looking sharp and sophisticated for an evening out is always in style.
The Franklin Institute - Ben Franklin Statue
The Franklin Institute - Ben Franklin Statue
Planning Your Trip
What to Reserve

Major art museums, historical sights, a luxury spa, and fine-dining restaurants may be among your Philadelphia vacation plans. To avoid disappointment, it’s recommended you reserve some experiences in advance.

Philadelphia City Skyline at dusk.
Philadelphia City Skyline at dusk.
Planning Your Trip

The US’s only World Heritage city, Philadelphia is rich in American history, seen in its architecture, landmarks, and food traditions. To make the most of your getaway to the City of Brotherly Love, the hotel’s experts have crafted itineraries based on specific interests.