Historic Mile

Historical Sites

Welcome to Philadelphia – the city where national landmarks and cultural hotspots come together to create a vibrant tapestry of art, history, nightlife, food and music. The fifth-largest city in the country, Philadelphia has all the amenities of big city life with quaint hometown charm. World-renowned attractions, tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes, a global dining scene, history at every corner, beautiful parks and streets bursting with a love of the arts make Philadelphia a premier destination.

Once you’ve arrived, you’ll discover that getting around is easy and affordable. As one of the most walkable cities in the nation, everything you need for an unforgettable visit is just outside your doorstep. In the heart of the city is Independence National Historical Park, America’s Most Historic Square Mile, and home to the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, National Museum of American Jewish History, President’s House, National Constitution Center, Independence Visitor Center and much more. Easy-to-navigate streets, helpful maps and downtown ambassadors are all here to make any visit to Philadelphia welcoming, warm and simple.

We’re a city of neighborhoods where the flavors, sights and sounds of the world are available. Come be a part of the Philadelphia story, its one you simply can’t miss.

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Independence National Historical Park

The most historic square mile in the U.S.A., it was here that a group of colonists first got together to plan their independence from the King of England, which resulted in many battles between the colonists and the British, and ultimately, the birth of the U.S.A. as a separate nation. Sites in the park include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Carpenters' Hall, and many more.

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The Liberty Bell

The most famous bell in the world arrived in Philadelphia in 1752.

The bell tolled to gather the citizens of Philadelphia, including for the first reading of the Declaration of Independence. It was rung the last time in 1846 on George Washington's birthday. Although it remains silent, the Liberty Bell is a symbol of freedom and independence for generations of Americans.

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Independence Hall

Where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and Constitution written

Built between 1732 and 1756 as the Pennsylvania State House, this is where the Declaration of Independence was first adopted and the United States Constitution was written. Next to it is Congress Hall, where the Senate and House of Representatives met from 1790 to 1800. On the other sideis Old City Hall, home to the Supreme Court from 1791 to 1800.

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President’s House

Freedom and slavery in the making of a new nation

Located on Independence Mall on the site of the first “White House”, The President's House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation commemorates the history of the original executive mansion of Washington and Adams, including the obscured story of enslaved Africans in the house during Washington's presidency.

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National Constitution Center

Where the U.S. Constitution is celebrated, debated and illuminated.

The National Constitution Center dramatically tells the story of the Constitution from Revolutionary times to the present through more than 100 interactive, multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text and artifacts.

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Carpenters’ Hall

Meeting place of the First Continental Congress

This beautiful Georgian structure was built from 1770-1774 for the Carpenters' Guild. The First Continental Congress met here in 1774 and the building served as a hospital during the Revolutionary War. Today, the first floor is open to the public with exhibits.

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Second Bank of the United States

See the “People of Independence” exhibit

Built in the Greek Revival-style, the 19th-century bank is now a portrait gallery housing paintings of the leaders and politicians of Colonial U.S.A.

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Franklin Court

Location of Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia home

Franklin's house, the U.S.A.'s first post office, archeological displays and an 18th-century printing shop. One of Philadelphia's most famous colonial statesmen and inventors, Franklin spent long periods of time in England where he broadened and balanced his views of science, politics, and foreign affairs. He also had a house in London (which still stands) at 36 Craven Street.

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