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Beautiful and historic, Pennsylvania attracts visitors from around the world to experience its famed sights, from the old bell towers of Philadelphia, to the sandy shores of Lake Erie, to the rolling hills of Amish country. Explore this vast state on a private or small-group tour to take in all the adventure. Step onto a hop-on hop-off bus tour to get your bearings; stop at your favorite spots, then rejoin the tour later. Trace the footsteps of the Founding Fathers on a walking tour of Philadelphia’s Old City with a knowledgeable guide. Follow this up with a brewery tour of the city’s burgeoning food and drink culture. Foodies will want to pair wine and chocolate by touring vineyards and Hershey’s Chocolate World outside of Philadelphia. Or meet the artisans behind German clocks, antique violins, and some of the country’s favorite pretzels and potato chips on factory tours in areas that highlight Pennsylvania’s traditional roots. Adventure-seekers will love rafting and hiking excursions in the Poconos, while history buffs should check out tours of Independence Hall, Gettysburg, and the Amish country in Lancaster County. Guided tours bundle multiple destinations into a single day, letting you see it all in a short amount of time. Get ready to explore Pennsylvania by foot, bike, Segway, cruise boat, double-decker bus, and even a horse-drawn carriage — just like the olden days. LL
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Penn's Landing
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Gettysburg National Military Park
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more than 50,000 soldiers died in the battle of gettysburg in 1863, the bloodiest battle ever fought on american soil. about 150 years later, the national park land is a memorial to the lives lost during those three fateful days of the american civil war. the battlefield draws history buffs, patriots and curious tourists who come in droves to pay their respects and learn more about this landmark event in america's history.

365bet体育网站 the town of gettysburg, penn. is charming and welcoming, with a main street laden with antique shops, boutiques and art galleries. the gettysburg cyclorama, one of the most popular attractions, is a 360-degree oil painting depicting the battle of gettysburg that was unveiled in 1884. as america commemorates the 150th anniversary of the civil war through 2015, gettysburg is staging re enactments, tours and educational programs. there has never been a better time to visit.

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Betsy Ross House
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365bet体育网站this may or may not be where patriotic upholsterer betsy ross lived when she made the original stars & stripes, but it’s certainly one of the most visited attractions in philadelphia. set just a few blocks west of independence hall near franklin square, the house is the site of a local flag day celebration held each year on june 14.

built in 1740 in the pennsylvania colonial style, this humble home was rescued by a local radio personality in the late 1930s and both renovated and expanded, using colonial-period materials. self-guided and audio tours are available here ($5 and $7, respectively), and out in the added-on courtyard, a costumed betsy ross re-enactor tells stories with flag in hand.

365bet体育网站 throughout the summer and early fall on friday nights, movies are shown in the courtyard on a big outdoor screen; bring a blanket or chair, and the $5 fee includes a tour of the house. it’s open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Liberty Bell Center
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few places in the united states offer as much historical and cultural legacy as the philadelphia liberty bell and independence hall. located across the street from one another, the two landmarks serve as the most potent symbols of the american revolution and the birth of the young nation.

independence historical national park is the home to both independence hall and the liberty bell. while the bell was rung at several key moments of the american independence movement, today it is more famous for its symbolic message of universal liberty than its functional purpose.

in addition to the two main attractions, independence national historical park is also the home of several other sites associated with the american revolution. this 45-acre park comprises much of the historic downtown area of philadelphia.

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Philadelphia Italian Market
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Elfreth's Alley
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Shriver House Museum
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in 1860, the civil war came to gettysburg, penn., changing the lives of the town's citizens forever. the stories of the townspeople are told at the shriver house museum, a restored home occupied by the shriver family during the battle of gettysburg. george and hattie shriver, along with their daughters sadie and mollie, lived in a house that provided the confederate army a clear view of the union forces. the house was occupied throughout the battle, and today, the home has been restored to its original condition and is open to the public as a museum.

365bet体育网站 stepping into the shriver house museum is akin to stepping back into 19th-century america. actors in era-specific garb represent the townspeople of the time, and tours offer insight into how the shriver family lived. the site is filled with artifacts of the family and other citizens in gettysburg. some of the most interesting findings have included civil war medical supplies, ammunition and children's toys and clothes.

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Christ Church
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known as “america’s church,” this 1744 city landmark was the first protestant episcopal congregation, the post-revolution version of a royalist, anglican church founded in 1695. early parishioners included george washington and betsy ross, and its cemetery hosts the remains of several signers of the declaration of independence and the constitution, including benjamin franklin.

One of the most-visited sites in Philadelphia, the church is chock full of historic objects, including communion silver commissioned by England’s Queen Anne and mahogany cabinetry by some of the city’s most renowned woodworkers. Topped by a 200-foot-tall steeple, it was once the tallest building in America.
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First Bank of the United States

First Bank of the United States

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Philadelphia Old City

Philadelphia Old City

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365bet体育网站one of the best places in the united states to visit if you want a sense of the nation's roots, old city is a neighborhood in central city philadelphia known for its antiquated charm and many historic sites. wander down the narrow cobblestone streets and you'll feel like you're stepping through a time warp into 18th century colonial america.

365bet体育网站 perhaps the most popular destination in old city is elfreth's alley, one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in the country. owners of the historic homes along this alley take pride in the old-fashioned exteriors of their homes, some of which are nearly 300 years old. also worth checking out is the betsy ross house, supposedly the site where the first american flag was stitched.

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Franklin Court

Franklin Court

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National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

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President's House

President's House

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Carpenters' Hall

Carpenters' Hall

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Society Hill

Society Hill

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Delaware River

Delaware River

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park

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365bet体育网站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 most famous historical landmarks. these include independence hall, a unesco world heritage site; 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.

By the time City Hall was completed in 1901, Old City – a couple of miles to the east -- began to lose its importance as a cultural center. Between 1915 and the late 1940s, a park was proposed as a means of salvaging and promoting what leaders of both the city and the state saw as vital to Philadelphia’s place in American history.
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Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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