Itinerary: Revolutionary War

Redcoat re-enactors march in front of the Independence Visitor Center during an Independence Day celebration.


See the Cradle of American Liberty

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Visit the sites where it all began – see where the Declaration of Independence was signed, walk across the area’s famous battlefields and visit the iconic Liberty Bell.


  • Half-Day Itinerary

Start off where it all began, at Independence Hall, where the signing of the Declaration of Independence signaled the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

Be sure to visit the Liberty Bell, located across the street from Independence Hall – the bell that legend says chimed in 1776 to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Enjoy lunch at City Tavern, the unofficial meeting place of the First Continental Congress during the 1770s. The reconstructed tavern serves historically inspired fare by servers in 18th-Century clothing.


  • Make It a Full Day

Drive to Chadd’s Ford, just 30 minutes from Center City, to the site of the Battle of Brandywine, where Washington and his troops tried to hold off the British from marching into Philadelphia, the nation’s capital. Or drive across the river to New Jersey to any of its Revolutionary War sites. Or visit Washington’s Crossing Historic Park, where Gen. Washington launched a surprise attach on Christmas night 1776 that led to a series of decisive victories.


  • Make It a Weekend: Day 2

Take a trip to Valley Forge National Historic Park, site of the encampment of George Washington and the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-1778. Participate in one of the many guided tours available, or stop by General Washington’s headquarters.

Stop at the Cliveden house in Germantown, whose grounds were the scene of an important battle in 1777 during the Revolutionary War where the British fought off General Washington’s army, taking refuge behind the house’s stone walls.

Don’t miss Fort Mifflin, site of the largest bombardment during the American Revolution and the oldest fortification in continuous use in the United States, from 1777-1954.


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