Pennsylvania this is where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted, revised and signed. Philadelphia was also the nation's capital from 1790-1800 while Washington, DC was under construction. The city is packed full of museums and parks that tourists will enjoy. The short list below has unique sights to the city and should be visited.

Philadelphia Sights

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Independence Hall

Constructed between 1732 and 1756 to house the provincial government of Pennsylvania. The iconic tower originally housed the Liberty Bell. Both the interior and exterior has been restored to its late 18th century appearance. It served as the location for the great debates leading to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The Hall is part of the Independence National Historic Park. Independence Hall isn't that big so there are timed tickets issued in advance for tours.

Valley Forge National Historic Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park served as the 1777-1778 winter encampment for the Continental Army and General Washington's troops. Throughout the park are recreations of encampment buildings and cabins. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.

Liberty Bell Center

The Liberty Bell Center offers a video presentation and exhibits about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom. Taped presentations about the history of the Liberty Bell are offered, The Liberty Bell itself is displayed in a magnificent glass chamber with Independence Hall in the background.

Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley is the oldest continuously inhabited street in the US. It was built in 1702. The Museum House and the Chairmakers House are open to the public. It's been restored and furnished to its 1790 appearance

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The museum has over 300,000 works by Monet, Van Gogh, Rodin, Pissarro and Picasso. For the non art lover, you will be more interested in the steps outside made famous by the Rocky movies.

Franklin Institute and Science Museum

The Franklin Institute's original purpose was to honor Ben Franklin and advance the usefulness of his inventions. Now the museum is more of a science museum with hands-on interactive exhibits.
Historic street performances
Philadelphia Airport
At the Philadelphia airport 2 weeks after Sept. 11th. This line goes all the way beneath the sky bridge, up the stairs, over the sky bridge (look and you’ll see the line inside), then it goes all the way to the security checkpoint. I think the birds overhead are vultures waiting for someone to pass out. That's me, second from the back!
Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love
Franklin Institute and Science Museum
Independence Hall
On the waterfront
Photo with street performer
Valley Forge encampment building
National Memorial Arch at Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Independence Hall
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