For those who enjoy destinations with a rich history, Philadelphia should be added to your bucket list. The city -- which was once the capital of the United States -- has been the setting for a number of important historical moments, some of which include the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the adoption of the Articles of the Confederation and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. The Old City of Philadelphia, considered the nation’s most historic square mile, is where you’ll find most of the city’s historical sites and heritage experiences, although all around Philly you’ll be able to catch glimpse’s into the nation’s past.
One interesting way to take in historical sights in Philadelphia is through a Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia. The excursion introduces you to 20 historic attractions within the Independence National Historical Park, as well as the Liberty Bell, a 2,080-pound (943-kilogram) bronze bell rang by Colonel John Nixon on July 8, 1776, to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, and Independence Hall, the place where most of the above-mentioned historical moments occurred. A few of the many other highlights of the tour include the Betsy Ross House, The First Bank of the U.S., the National Constitution Center, Declaration House, Old City Hall and the Christ Church Burial Ground. A Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia is another interesting way to explore historical sights in Philadelphia. The experience focuses on the inspiring men that founded the country and Philadelphia itself. You’ll visit the old homes of Ben Franklin and George Washington, learn about Pennsylvania’s founder William Penn, see where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall and take a picture with the iconic Liberty Bell. You’ll also spend time at important sites like Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church and Old City Hall. While you learn about Philadelphia’s history, you’ll also get to explore the local culture and get a feel for the neighborhood. Bonus: The tour ends at a local pub for a true taste of Philadelphia. A Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Philadelphia is the perfect option for those who want a personalized experience, as the group is limited to six people. You’ll explore Philadelphia through the lens of the city’s colonial history, visiting attractions like the Powel House, a historic Georgian brick mansion in the Society Hill neighborhood that saw guests like John Adams and Benjamin Franklin; St. Peter’s Church where the Founding Fathers worshiped; Christ Church, the first Protestant Episcopal church in the United States and the place where the American Episcopal Church was born; and Independence Hall, the original home of the Liberty Bell (it’s now located across the street) and the site of many important historical moments. By the end of the tour, you’ll be an expert of Philadelphia’s colonial history.