Philadelphia's unmatched concentration of historic landmarks bears the immense weight of this nation's very founding. Yet you don't need to be American or be able to recollect the details of high school history to appreciate the principles and events symbolized by such icons as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Consider your Philadelphia vacation prime time to read every plaque, soak in the spirits of the Founding Fathers, and ponder all you've seen and learned while strolling the city's picturesque, row house-lined streets. As the great Philadelphian Benjamin Franklin said, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
Independence National Historic Park, which quite fairly calls itself "America's most historic mile," is home to two of the most famous and most visited Philadelphia attractions: Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Don't be put off by the crowds of tourists that envelop both monuments; it's well worth your time to stand in the halls where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Constitution debated and adopted. This is the very spot where the United States was born. The red brick walls, the familiar bell tower and steeple, and the earnest guides will impart its weighty heritage upon you. Beholding the Liberty Bell with its glorious crack, and the famous inscription "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof" will stay with you forever. Choose one of our hotels in Philadelphia downtown, and you'll be close to City Hall, a monumental architectural treasure, and Reading Terminal Market, a bustling indoor hub of activity with enough diverse food vendors to feed you for every meal during your stay and never disappoint. Save one meal for a cheesesteak at Pat's or Geno's.
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