The home of America's most famous flag maker, The Betsy Ross House is located at 239 Arch Street, just blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Betsy Ross is noted in American history for her role in sewing the first American flag. During your stay at Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, be sure to treat yourself to a tour of the nation’s historic district known as Philadelphia's Most Historic Square Mile.
Tour the building that housed the momentous seven-week session of the First Continental Congress in 1774. Built in the form of a Greek cross, this building was originally the site of The Carpenter’s Company – similar to a guild of architects / builders / carpenters. The delegates to the Continental Congress met here, as opposed to the state house, because it was deemed safer.
Nestled on the corner of 7th and Market Streets, Declaration House was reconstructed on the site of the original in 1975. Immerse yourself in United States history at the place where it all began. The exhibit is open year round, but hours vary seasonally. The original home was built in 1775 by Jacob Graff, Jr.
One of the world’s most famous authors / poets, Edgar Allen Poe, lived in Philadelphia for six years, from 1838 to 1844. Tour the home where this infamous wordsmith penned the classic “The Tell-Tale Heart” or the detective story genre-creating classic, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."
Rediscover or immerse yourself in American history and heritage at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the site of the camp of the American Continental Army during the winter of 1777 to 1778, during the American Revolutionary War. The soldiers nearly froze to death during that snowy winter and stories of heroism abound.
Turn back the hands of time on Philadelphia’s Most Historic Square Mile. Take a stroll onto Market Street, located between 5th and 6th Streets, to see the famous Liberty Bell. The building is open year-round, but hours vary by season, so be sure to check ahead of time. Take in the great view of Independence Hall through the beautiful glass chamber in which the bell is enclosed. Learn about the role the Liberty Bell played in history through video presentations and exhibits.
The newness -- and tallness -- of this skyscraper is reason enough to enter its glassy, three-story atrium lobby. In addition, you’ll find the strange lifelike sculpture of people "walking" on beams overhead the atrium. The 83-foot-wide, 10-million-pixels-rich, high-definition video screen, whose pictures couldn't be more real looking is also amazing to watch and another reason to take in this Philadelphia landmark. Don’t forget to check out the Market & Shops at the Comcast Center. Here you’ll find everything from fresh produce and delicious ethnic dishes to a variety of retail shops.
The Philadelphia Convention Center is home to many sales groups, industry shows and of course, conventions. The original building was 440,000-square-foot, which is enormous, but it just got even bigger. The new center is now where old office buildings, a historic firehouse, and artists' studios stood, and it now has a staggering1 million square feet of flexible event space. It’s the largest contiguous exhibit space in the city.
The U.S. Mint was the first building authorized by the government, during George Washington's first term as President. The present structure, diagonally across from Liberty Bell Pavilion, turns out about 1.5 million coins every hour. Visitors can participate in free, self-guided, unreserved tours. The tours are filled with fun facts and allows people to see actual coins in production.
Great cities have signature bridges, and in Philadelphia it’s the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge was designed by Paul Cret and was the largest single-span suspension bridge in the world when it was finished in 1926. The 1 ¾ mile bridge carries cars and commuter trains and also has a foot/bicycle path along its south side.
Independence Hall is the centerpiece of American history in Philadelphia. It is known as the place where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. This historic building was completed in 1753 and became the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress. It was also the site of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Located on Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit this piece of American history.
The National Constitution Center brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting exciting interactive exhibitions. It also works to inspire active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition with debates and also serves as a national and international center for civic education. If you visit the National Constitution Center you can partake in educational constitutional seminars and discussions and you’ll also find various interactive and digital resources available. To learn more about one of the oldest documents of our nation, you’ll want to check out the National Constitution Center.