Distance from Baltimore: 100 miles, two hours' drive Why it's worth the gas: Old City District considers itself "Hipstoric": modern lifestyles melded into "the most historic square mile of the United States." That means you can easily hit up the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church and Independence Hall, cruise through then try out the beer list at the Khyber Pass Pub, the dance floor at Brasil's and the subterranean bar at the Sugar Mom's Church Street Lounge. Don't miss: The First Fridays event moves art into the nightlife, with receptions and viewings 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of every month at Old City art galleries. Information: Old City District, 231 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19106. 215.592.7929 or oldcitydistrict.org.
NANINE HARTZENBUSCH, Baltimore Sun