Spanning 55 acres and bridging two neighborhoods—Old City and Society Hill—this national park is often called "America's most historic square mile" for encompassing many of Philadelphia’s famous historical landmarks. These include the UNESCO-listed Independence Hall; the Liberty Bell Center; Franklin Court; the First and Second Banks of the United States; and the National Constitution Center, among many others. Visitors should plan to spend one to two days in the park in order to visit several of these sites and explore the extensive grounds.
The Independence Visitor Center, set at the corner of Sixth and Market streets, is the nerve center of the park. Tourists can pick up area maps; get free, timed tickets to Independence Hall (required from March to December); and find bathrooms, WiFi, and snacks.
The Independence National Historical Park is bordered by Chestnut, Walnut, Fifth, and Sixth streets. The site is open daily from 9am to 5pm and is closed on Christmas Day. The Visitor Center has its own underground parking lot and is also adjacent to subway and bus stops.