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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The largest city during Independence, the "City of Brotherly Love" and the "Keystone State" were the logical locales for our founding fathers from different backgrounds to gather in order to unite, defend, and define our national government and our enduring values.

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Sites and Experience Highlights in Philadelphia.... (click for more)

Independence Hall:

As the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, Independence Hall is one of the most recognizable historical landmarks not only in Philadelphia, but the entire nation. The hall is the centerpiece of a building complex that also includes a room showcasing the original prints and Congress Hall where the US Senate and House of Representatives met for 10 years while Washington, DC was being constructed.

The old Pennsylvania Statehouse bell engraved with the words, "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof" rang to call citizens to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence, and was later dubbed The Liberty Bell by abolitionists and other movements who adopted the bell as a symbol of their fight for freedom. 

Who are “We the People”? Facing opposite Independence Hall, The National Constitution Center is a modern museum that explores and explains the Constitution through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays.

Built and owned by America’s oldest trade guild, Carpenters’ Hall in 1774 hosted the First Continental Congress.

The former site of Ben Franklin's home contains and underground museum, archeological displays, and a recreated print shop and post office to showcase his versatile life as publisher, politician, postmaster, printer, and inventor.

Known as "The Nation's Church" because of the famous Revolutionary-era leaders who worshiped here, Christ Church was founded an Anglican parish in 1695. It is also the church where the American Episcopal Church was born.

The Burial Ground is the final resting place for some of our most prominent leaders including Benjamin Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Known as the oldest residential street in the country, the narrow Elfreth's Alley boasts nearly 30 tiny houses dating from the early 18th to 19th centuries.

While the legitimacy of Betsy Ross’s flag-making is debated, this house is still worth a visit as an example of colonial living conditions.

Witness the coin-currency making process at the US Mint from an enclosed gallery overlooking the workers and machinery.
The Graff House is the location where Thomas Jefferson, Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress, rented a room in 1776, and drafted The Declaration of Independence in three weeks. 
This colonial square served as a burial ground for both American and British soldiers and white and black victims of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Today it's the location of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War.

The Franklin Institute is a modern science museum reflecting Franklin’s creativity through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, high-tech theaters and special programs.

This impressive museum houses a collection of more than 400,000 works of art. But many visitors are more familiar with the outside, as they run up the steps just like "Rocky" did in 1976.


Nearby Destinations in Pennsylvania:

Valley Forge: (Outside of Philadelphia about one hour)

It was here that General George Washington forged his struggling Continental Army into a fighting force, during the difficult winter encampment of 1777-78. While no battles were fought here, 2,000 soldiers died of sickness and hardship. Today, the park is a lush, 3,600-acre expanse of rolling hillsides dotted with monuments, recreated cabins, and original homes that served as headquarters.

Lancaster County / Amish Country: (Outside Philadelphia about 2 hours)

Lancaster County's old-fashioned charm and homespun warmth stems from the well-rooted Amish population of farmers and craftsmen who follow a deeply religious, family-centered lifestyle based on humility and simplicity. Discreetly observe their farms and buggies as they go about their lives while enjoying some of the finest down-home dining and shopping.

If you’re still looking for more to explore, consider some of these other less visited and off-the-beaten path sites:

Philadelphia City Hall, Rittenhouse Square, Gino’s and Pat’s famous Philly Cheese Steaks in the Italian District, Old Quaker Meeting House, Free Quaker Meeting House, First US Bank, Second US Bank / Portrait Gallery, Independence Seaport Museum, Academy of Natural Science, Civil War Library & Museum, Fireman’s Hall, Museum of Jewish American History, New Hall Military Museum, Masonic Temple, Philadelphia Zoo, Fort Mifflin.

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