Both Washington DC and Philadelphia boast a rich history, impressive monuments and attractive buildings. As the capital of the USA, Washington DC has obvious political connections. Washington also showcases some of the country's best art and culture while Philadelphia oozes small-town charm, civic pride, and an excellent culinary scene. Stylish and sophisticated hotels in both cities provide the perfect base. Washington DC boasts iconic monuments and excellent museums on every corner. Political landmarks such as the White House, United States Capitol, and Lincoln Memorial will top most itineraries, but The National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of African American History and Culture are also worth a visit. Philadelphia’s appeal is a little more understated than Washington DC’s, but the city is just as captivating. The heart of US colonial and revolutionary history, this UNESCO World Heritage City also generates abundant wealth as the 'Workshop of the World'. City Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy are testaments to this, while experiments in architecture and social policy gave birth to buildings like the Eastern State Penitentiary.