Often known as the “City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia offers an open door to American history that other cities do not. Being that Philadelphia is the original capital of the United States, there are historic sites that can be visited here by both tourists and those who live locally. Philly is not only well-known for its cheesesteaks and being the home of the Eagles, but also being the place where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution was signed.
1. Independence Hall
If you want to take a tour of the place where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, Independence Hall is one of Philadelphia’s historic sites that you should visit. Each tour is approximately 20 to 30 minutes long and will take a group of about 50 people through this building and explain the history behind it. Before or after the tour, visitors are able to view copies of the Articles of Confederation and Constitution. There is even the Syng inkstand for viewing, which was used to sign both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
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2. Washington Square
After a day of exploring, Washington Square is the perfect place for a picnic! There is a water fountain that is an iconic site in the summer. This park also contains a piece of history by having the statue of the Unknown Soldier, which was most recently renamed the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” since several soldiers are buried throughout this area.
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3. Liberty Bell
Although it has a crack in it, the Liberty Bell has been preserved from the time it was used in the 18th-century. To view this common symbol of American independence from Great Britain is free of cost. The Liberty Bell is said to have announced the creation of democracy. It is one of the most common sites in Philly that tourists love to take photographs in front of!
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4. President’s House
Being the place where George Washington and John Adams lived, most of the President’s House was demolished in the 1830’s. Before the White House was constructed, this was the place where the President lived. Although the President’s House today does not have a ceiling, the east and west walls still stand. One can view the President’s House free of cost. It is located at the beginning of the tour to view the Liberty Bell.
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5. Race Street Pier
If you want to enjoy a panoramic view of the Ben Franklin Bridge, as well as Camden, New Jersey; Race Street Pier is a must-see. This area has a walkway, as well as a grass area for picnics and sunbathers. Race Street Pier is the perfect place to go for a jog, while also looking at trains passing by overhead. This spot does not have as much history to it as the historic sites previously mentioned, but it is a fantastic spot to relax!