Philadelphia, known as the City of Brotherly Love, offers sites that vacationers, history buffs and students will all enjoy. View the Liberty Bell, the iconic symbol of American independence, and take a tour of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were written. This walkable city is ripe with interesting historic attractions, where beautiful buildings and national treasures rich with history allow visitors to explore the country's formative years.
Local attractions in Philadelphia include:
Liberty Bell Center
No visit to Philadelphia is complete without a trip to see the Liberty Bell, the iconic symbol of American independence. The Liberty Bell has a new home, and it is as powerful and dramatic as the Bell itself. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images explore the facts and the myths surrounding the Bell.
Independence National Historic Park
Also known as "Independence Hall," this historic landmark is the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The park includes three square blocks in the City of Philadelphia where the dream of a free country of independent citizens became fact.
The Declaration House is the place where Thomas Jefferson wrote his draft of the Declaration of Independence. Today it is a house museum furnished in colonial manner with exhibits concerning Jefferson and a copy of his draft.
Betsy Ross House
Did she or didn’t she? While historians debate Betsy Ross’ role in making the first American flag, the home of the nation’s best known seamstress is among the region’s most popular attractions. Betsy, who made a living as a furniture upholsterer, rented the 1740 home, and provides a good portrayal of a working class woman’s life in colonial America.
National Constitution Center
Visit the place where the United States Constitution is celebrated, debated and illuminated. Step inside and be inspired by what it means to be an American.
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