Philadelphia skyline.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Philadelphia skyline.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Deep in America’s past, our nation’s capital was located in Philadelphia, which was where America found independence and laid the brick work for the nation we know today. Because so many historic events occurred in Philadelphia as our nation grew, this area is home to many of the most historically significant sites in the country. Here are some of the must-see attractions in the Philadelphia area:

Carpenter’s Hall
320 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-0167
www.ushistory.org/carpentershall

Stop by and see where the First Continental Congress met back in 1774. This building served as the Library Company of Philadelphia and as a meeting place for many groups, including the American Philosophical Society.

Christ Church
20 North America St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1695
www.christchurchphila.org

Founded in 1695, the Christ Church is where Colonial America officially made its break from the Church of England. This is where many of the founders of America came for Sunday services, and many of them are even buried in the Christ Church Burial Ground. Your visit to Christ Church will teach you about the church’s history and significance in the creation of America. Historic tours of the graveyard are available on most days of the week.

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Declaration House
599 South 7th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-7676
www.nps.gov/inde/declaration-house

The Declaration House is where Thomas Jefferson spent his time writing the Declaration of Independence. Originally owned by Jacob Graff, Jr., the Declaration House now features exhibits and a short film showcasing Jefferson’s endeavors for our country while he rented this home from Graff.

Congress Hall
Corner of Chesnutt and 6th Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 597-8787
www.nps.gov/inde/congress-hall

Congress Hall, a two-story brick Georgian building, was the home of the U.S. Congress from 1790 until 1800. This is where the role of Congress was discussed, characterized and established. Many historically significant events occurred within the walls of Congress Hall, including the inaugurations of presidents George Washington (his second term) and John Adams.

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Independence Hall
520 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305
www.nps.gov/inde

Visit the birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Independence Hall is where our founding fathers risked everything to fight for what they believed in back in 1776. During your visit to Independence Hall you will be escorted on a guided tour by historical re-enactors. You will see where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where each of our forefathers debated their side of independence.

The Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 686-1252
www.historicphiladelphia.org/betsy-ross-house

You can ask Betsy herself (or at least her re-enactor) about her role in designing and making the first American Flag when you visit The Betsy Ross House. Though it is not confirmed if Betsy Ross actually lived in this home, this 250-year-old plus home has been furnished and decorated from the time she would have lived in the home. Regardless of if this was Betsy’s home or not, it is definitely a must-see attraction when looking for a historic experience in Philadelphia.

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The Liberty Bell
526 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305
www.nps.gov/inde/learn/historyculture/stories-libertybell

The Liberty Bell has been a symbol of America’s freedom and even though it is cracked, this bell holds a significant place in our nation’s past. In addition to seeing the Liberty Bell up close, you will be able to explore the museum and learn the meaning behind the creation, inscriptions and the bell’s history.

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Other sites history lovers visiting Philadelphia might be interested in include:

Your vacation to Philadelphia will take you back in time to a point in history when our nation was just an infant. You will feel like you have been transported to a time and place when the Declaration of Independence was being debated and other historically significant events were taking place to form our nation. A visit to Philadelphia will definitely be one vacation you’ll remember.

Heather Landon is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has combined two of her passions – writing and travel – to share her experiences with others. You can read more of her articles at Examiner.com.

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