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Philadelphia

Independence was declared and the Constitution signed in Philadelphia, one of the USA's most historic towns. The place to start exploring is Independence Hall, where the USA was born amid the debates of the Continental Congresses. On the grounds is the Liberty Bell, an enduring emblem that was coopted by abolitionists as an antislavery symbol. Benjamin Franklin's presence pervades the town, from his home in Old Philadelphia through Benjamin Franklin Parkway, home to several city museums, galleries and gardens, to the University of Pennsylvania, which he founded. When you're tired and hungry from all that walking around, hop a cab to South Philadelphia and grab a splendid specimen of Philadelphia's gift to the culinary world, the cheesesteak.

Liberty Bell Liberty Bell
In 1751, William Penn asked that the new bell being cast for the Pennsylvania Statehouse be engraved with the words, "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof." The bell rang to call citizens to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence, and was later dubbed The Liberty Bell by abolitionists, who adopted the bell as a symbol of their fight for freedom for all Americans.
Lights of Liberty Lights of Liberty
Lights of Liberty is a spectacular sound and light show. Experience the events leading up to the American Revolution while walking through Independence National Historic Park after dark. A personal headset with surround sound tells the story of the American Revolution, while beautiful hand-painted, 5-story-high images are projected onto the sides of historical buildings. In less than a mile and about one hour visitors experience five acts in five locations.
Memorial Hall Memorial Hall
Situated on a meadow in Fairmount Park, its high copper dome is visible for miles. Built in 1875, Memorial Hall was conceived as an international art gallery, but became the central facility for the United States' Centennial celebration. President Ulysses S. Grant opened the Centennial proceedings in Memorial Hall's 150 foot-high "Great Hall" on May 10, 1876. This is the only significant structure remaining from the Centennial festivities.
RiverLink Ferry RiverLink Ferry
If you're coming to Philadelphia for the day from New Jersey, consider a trip across the Delaware River on the ferry. It's faster and more pleasant than a drive across any of the five bridges, and you don't have to worry about parking


    
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