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Independence National Historical Park
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Owner description: One of the most famous square miles in the United States, the park is home to the Liberty Bell, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Independence Hall.
Reviewed December 20, 2013

Many of the greatest people of the last two hundred years made it a point to stop here, to stand in the rooms of Independence Hall, from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King, Jr to Nelson Mandela. Even Susan B Anthony chose Independence Hall as a site for a very important protest in favor of Woman's Suffrage. Why? Because it was in these rooms that two of humanity's greatest documents - the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution - were debated and signed, documents that changed the world. Standing in that room leaves me in awe every time.

Tips: Leave your pocket knives at home, make sure to get a ticket for Independence Hall ahead of time at the visitor's center (free!. No ticket needed for the Liberty Bell), get in line plenty early for the Independence Hall tour to clear security, and check out the Thomas Jefferson bobbleheads at the gift shop.

Also in the park, check out the original President's house (just outside the Liberty Bell entrance), see Ben Franklin's house, visit where Betsy Ross lived, roam around Washington Square and visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier there, and have lunch at the rebuilt City Tavern. You can easily spend a very full day (or even a few days) in "Old City" Philadelphia.

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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Once again the history in Philly is top notch. The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are so well preserved and a wonder to visit. The guides and presenters are well schooled and really enjoy what they're doing. if you're anywhere close to this city you must stop and spend a day recreating our history.

Thank Richard D
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

As a teacher, it was great to be in the actual place I talk to my students about. Real, live American History, in the flesh. This might not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you immerse yourself in the thought of what happened in that very room, it's overwhelming!

Thank Melanie1173
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

The Liberty Bell, the crowning glory of this national park, is a quintessential part of the American narrative. If you go nowhere else on your trip to Philadelphia, you should go here.

The bell itself is certainly worth a photo-op, but it seemed that most visitors when I went were fascinated by the history that surrounds the place. We went on Thanksgiving day and the crowds were minimal. I can imagine that during high tourist season lines to see the Liberty Bell itself may get a bit lengthy. But, hey, it's free. Enjoy the park!

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

I took advantage a few different tours and sites at Independence National Historical Park and was impressed with all of them. The tour guides are very well trained and informed and were able to answer every question posed to them. The tours seemed to cater to Americans more familiar with the Constitution, government structure, etc, but I did not find it inaccessible and there were plenty of chances to ask for clarification. A very efficiently run site, I was there when it was quite busy and still had an enjoyable experience.

Thank shmoo17
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