Duration: Two days and two nights
Reading about our nation’s quest for independence in a history book is one thing, experiencing it first hand is something else altogether. After all, as they say, experience is the best teacher and this is one experience that will leave an impression on you unlike any other. Here, you will retrace the footprints of the brave, idealistic men and women whose vision of an independent nation was transformed into reality. You’ll stand in the very room where our Declaration of Independence was so eloquently crafted. Breathe it in, this is where our nation was born.
This is where it all happened. Men like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock walked these very streets as they contemplated their next steps on the path to independence. Begin your day with a visit to the Independence Visitor’s Center where you’ll find a wealth of helpful information about the people and events that led to the birth of our nation. Then, tour the National Constitution Center where these historical events are vividly brought to life. Now, take a... Read More >
By now, you’re probably getting a little hungry. Well, you’re in luck because you’re only a few blocks away from some great places to grab lunch, do a little shopping and check out the local art scene as Old City is an easy 10-minute walk from Independence Mall. Or, if you prefer, ride in a horse drawn carriage where you’ll receive a quick Read More >
A great way to finish off your first day is by getting lost in the world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before going in, however, you must have your picture made with Philly’s favorite son, Rocky Balboa, whose larger-than-life bronze likeness can be found just a few feet to the right of the museum steps. Once inside, you’ll be treated to breathtaking art collections and special exhibits featuring works from Chagall, Van Gogh and Picasso, just to name a few. Go ahead, allow yourself... Read More >
A quirky Mexican restaurant with a contemporary twist, El Vez serves up delicious dishes and maybe the best margaritas in Philly. Stop by and try some the various guacamole and salsa options including “Bazooka” Limon Guacamole and Crab and Cactus Salsa. Be sure to follow up with a Vaca Frita Burrito or a black bean enchilada!Read More >
After walking around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and admiring all the gorgeous artwork, you may be a little hungry. No need to worry! Head over to one of the museum’s restaurants, Granite Hill. Enjoy the French-inspired menu with delicious sandwiches, entrees, specialty cocktails and more. The Chef’s Table also offers a daily selection cheese, salads and more, which are often themed alongside the Museum’s exhibits.Read More >
Penn's View Hotel is a quaint and classy boutique hotel located in Old City that offers amazing views of the Delaware River and easily within walking distance of shops, historic sites and many Philadelphia waterfront destinations.Read More >
Your second day begins with a visit to the recreated country home of the man for whom the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is named: William Penn. Located on the banks of — and with... Read More >
Your next stop is the site of George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War. You’ve probably seen Emmanuel Leutze’s famous painting depicting a stoic General Washington standing at the stern of his boat while his men valiantly row through the raging waters. Well, no one is for sure if that’s how it happened, but it is known that Washington and his militia crossed the Delaware on Christmas night of 1776 and marched on to Trenton where they attacked and... Read More >
A short drive north up scenic River Road (Highway 32) is the town of New Hope, where you will end your day perusing the quaint shops and galleries. Here, you’ll find an eclectic collection of jewelry stores, clothing stores, art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants that cater to virtually every taste. While you’re here, also be sure to check out and ride the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad for a scenic ride through the countryside.Read More >
If you like classic American dishes, you will love the chicken pot pie, surf ‘n turf, prime rib and more at the Cock & Bull restaurant in Peddler’s Village.
After a long day of taking everything in, it's time to take in some delicious grub as well. Stop in Marsha Brown's to get a sampling of some Creole flavors right in the heart of New Hope. Like an extension of her own family dining room, Marsha Brown's offers the authentic taste and charm of New Orleans.Read More >
Located in New Hope, the Logan Inn has been welcoming guests since 1722 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Read More >
The Pineapple Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast is so named because in the 1700s when this inn was built, it was customary to place a pineapple on your front porch to indicate to friends and neighbors that you’re welcoming guests. Once part of a hundred-acre farm, this inn has six guest rooms and three suites, all decorated and furnished with period antiques, artwork and more.Read More >
A National Historic Landmark, Laurel Hill Cemetery is 78 acres of history and art. Be sure to check out the sculpture garden and take in all of the horticultural masterpieces. You’ll soon discover why Laurel Hill is affectionately known as Philadelphia’s Underground Museum.
Built in the early 18th century, this beautiful Palladian-style mansion served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and was an overnight destination for George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and many others.
Standing 125 feet tall, Bowman’s Hill Tower offers some of the most spectacular views of the Delaware Valley region. On a clear day, you can see for miles and will realize the arduous task Washington and his men faced as they crossed the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War.
The nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street, Sesame Place will help bring out your inner child with rides, attractions, shows and of course, Elmo.