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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