NileGuide Expert Says:
While you may have to wait in line a bit, this is the essential place for a Philadelphia visit to begin. Learn about Philadelphia history and see some of the most important sites of the colonial era.
500 Chestnut Street
(between 5th & 6th Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Old City/Society Hill
tel: 215 965 7676 / 800 537 7676
Daily 9am-5pm, later in summer. You must take a tour in order to see the interior of the building. Free tours by park rangers every 15 min. 9am-4:45pm.
Independence Hall, completed in 1753, is known to many as the birthplace of America. This building is where the nation's founders issued the Declaration of Independence; where they drafted and signed the Constitution; and where, oddly enough, the new city's stray dogs were kept (in the basement). Independence Hall is located in the heart of the city's historic district and is an essential stop for anyone visiting the city's historic sites or hoping to learn about the founding of the United States.