The township of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1692, making it one of the oldest settlements in a state that was itself formed only 10 years earlier. It's mainly a residential town now, but there are several sights of historical interest here— local legend has it that Benjamin Franklin flew his famous kite here when he discovered electricity. The township borders the city of Philadelphia to the southwest, and there are lots of cheap hotels in Bensalem, PA to stay in when you're in the area, offering a budget-friendly alternative to the city.
Bensalem lies 27 miles northeast of Philadelphia International Airport — the public transport service, SEPTA, has Airport Line trains that run into Philadelphia and offer transfers to one of several buses and trains out to Bensalem. Alternatively, hail a taxi at the airport at Zone 5, or pick up a rental car at Zone 2. There is also a selection of Bensalem car rentals available if you're not getting one at the airport. Once you've checked in to your choice of Bensalem, PA hotels, your first stop should be Growden Mansion, which was once owned by a family friend of Benjamin Franklin, and is possibly where he conducted his famous kite-flying experiments. Other historic homes in Bensalem that are worth visiting include Andalucia and Belmont. For some fresh air, head to Neshaminy State Park, which has some excellent walking trails, swimming pools, and picnic areas. Downtown Philadelphia is 18 miles to the southwest, and this is where you'll find some of the nation's most important historical sites, including Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, and the Liberty Bell. If you'll be spending a lot of time sightseeing, it's a good idea to look into hotel deals in Philadelphia, and book in advance to save any hassle.
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