Independence National Historic Park
America's most historic square mile, home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Constitution Center.
A visit to Independence National Historic Park will give you a lesson in U.S. history. Head west on Market Street until you reach Fifth Street. Here you will see Independence Hall — where the Declaration of Independence was signed — and that fractured symbol of freedom, the Liberty Bell. While wandering around this area you can also see the Franklin Mint building, Congress Hall, Carpenters' Hall, Old City Hall, Graff House and the First and Second Banks of the United States. Colonial re-enactors in period costume are evident in many historic areas, and you may even catch a glimpse of Ben Franklin.
From April to October, check out the Lights of Liberty show at Independence Park. The show depicts the area's historical events with images projected on buildings and monuments.
You should also leave plenty of time in your wanderings to see the Constitution Center — the world's only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. Afterwards, stop by the City Tavern at Second and Walnut Streets — a recreation of the original tavern where the framers of the Constitution drank and took their meals. In this candlelit spot with a pleasant garden, the staff wears colonial garb.