Art Museums: This meticulously maintained estate houses an impressive collection of French modern art from notable folks such as Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Renoir. Also featured are American masters like Charles Demuth, William Glackens and Horace Pippin. The arboretum here contains a greenhouse, pond, and woodland areas, as well as thousands of plants, many of them rarely found outside more temperate zones. Prepaid, timed ticket reservations are required -- it is recommended that ticket and parking arrangements be made at least 45 days in advance. Limited on-site parking is available for $15; there is also free street parking within five blocks.
Best Attractions & Activities: Since its controversial move to downtown Philadelphia, the iconic art museum can be enjoyed in the nation's first LEED-gold certified institution of its kind -- without a drive to the suburbs. Curators have managed to arrange all of the late Dr. Alfred Barnes' Impressionist-era paintings and African masks and sculptures in the exact same position as he did in the mansion that formerly housed his landmark collection, and now there's plenty more space for education, events, exhibitions and relaxation.