Philadelphia is 133 miles north of Washington on Interstate 95. If you don't want to drive, Amtrak tickets start at $44 one way. Several Chinatown buses, such as New Century and Apex, can also take you there for $15 each way, sometimes less.
Club Quarters, 1628 Chestnut St., 215-282-5000, http://www.clubquarters.com. The hotel is in the central business district, two blocks from Rittenhouse Square. Rates start at $114 a night.
Alma de Cuba, 1623 Walnut St., 215-988-1799, http://www.almadecubarestaurant.com. Upscale modern Cuban cuisine with main courses ranging from $21 to $32.
Geno's Steaks, 1219 S. Ninth St., 215-389-0659, http://www.genosteaks.com. For a traditional Philadelphia cheese steak, try this Italian-market-area establishment. Cheese steaks $8; additional ingredients $1.
Pat's King of Steaks, 1237 E. Passyunk St., 215-468-1546, http://www.patskingofsteaks.com. This rival of Geno's Steaks is just across the street. Cheese steaks $8.25; add-ons 50 cents.
Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., 215-236-3300, http://www.EasternState.org. Daytime admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students and children ages 7 to 12.
Terror Behind the Walls (888-763-NITE, http://www.terrorbehindthewalls.com) runs through Nov. 7. Weeknights $20; Friday and Sunday nights $25; Saturday night $30. On Sunday family nights, children ages 7 to 12 get in for $10. Children younger than 7 are not admitted. Your ticket stub gets you $5 off the admission to daytime penitentiary tours.
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