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Philadelphia PA: Historic Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Valley Forge, and More...

Updated on March 26, 2011

Philadelphia PA Attractions...

One of my favorite cities in the United States is Philadelphia PA, mainly because of all the great historic places to see and visit here. Philadelphia PA is where it all started, where the U.S. became a country, and where George Washington based his troops just outside of the city during his ordeal at Valley Forge. It’s amazing to imagine what life was like back in 1776 while the delegates from the colonies were debating the future of the United States in Independence Hall. There are also many fantastic other attractions in the area that you will love…

The main attraction in Philadelphia PA is probably Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was written and signed and which started the Revolutionary War against Britain. This is an incredible building, and a very popular tour. If you are going during the peak of the summer, expect long lines just to get in and see the rooms where the delegates debated the pros and cons of breaking with the mother country and going alone. This really was a major decision, and almost was not accepted by everyone. A motion was passed to require the vote to be unanimous by all the delegates, or there would be no Declaration of Independence for the U.S. The southern states objected to language that would prevent slavery, but at the last minute a deal was made that would take that out of the document, and the rest is history!

Independence Hall and Liberty Bell in Philadelphia PA...

The biggest impression I got when touring Independence Hall was how small the building is! Remember that back in 1776 Philadelphia PA was much smaller than it is today, and people could probably walk around the whole heart of the city without too much trouble. There were far fewer people in those days, and possibly a simpler life. Right next to Independence Hall is another building where the Liberty Bell is displayed. This bell used to be located in the tower, but it was moved down for the 1976 Bi-centennial of the United States. This is a must see attraction for visiting Philadelphia PA, you have to see both the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

While you are in the downtown area, make sure to also find a good “Philly Cheese steak” stand or restaurant because you won’t find them any better than in the city! Since you have already parked your car for the other tours, a good place is just a short walk away! There are also a few other great historic attractions right in the same area, so if the history of the United States is what you’re interested in, this is a perfect place and time to get a map of what to see and do while you are in downtown Philadelphia PA.

Valley Forge Near Philadelphia PA...

Just a short drive outside the city, you can visit the famous Valley Forge Park where George Washington headquartered his troops during the harsh early winters of the war. This is an awesome park that has lots of historical buildings and shows, and you can even take a narrated tour with a National Park Ranger who will explain what things were like at that time and what ordeals the militia had to go through. The park is pretty large, and it also has a very good sized wild deer population within it. This is also a very popular park, and you will definitely learn a lot from visiting here.

Lancaster County is also just a short drive away from Philadelphia PA, and this is famous for being home to the Amish people of Pennsylvania. The Amish live their lives very simply due to their strong Christian beliefs, and they try not to allow much modern technology into their lives. You will see them driving horse and buggies instead of cars or trucks, and they are usually farmers in this part of the country. In fact, the Amish in Lancaster County have some of the most productive farms in all of North America, and they are respected for their hard work. It’s an amazing place to visit, and you can see how they really live on a day to day basis with other Amish and others outside the community. If you can stay overnight in the area for a day or two, there are some great bed and breakfasts and Amish attractions that you should really see. Some of the Amish farmers will give buggy rides for a fee, and it’s always nice to stop in to one of the roadside produce stands that you’ll see driving down the road. Get out and talk to the Amish and you’ll get to know their lifestyle better and see why they do what they do. It’s really an amazing experience!

Philadelphia PA has a lot of great attractions and old U.S. history that will really be educational, so if you can get there I highly recommend this city. You’ll have a great time in Philadelphia, and there is also a big arts scene if that’s what you’re interested in. Because it’s a good size city, there are also sporting events and teams that are sure to be a favorite. Have fun!

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