Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sight Seeing on the Streets of Philadelphia

Our visit to Philadelphia was like a walk through the history books!  Turns out the city is way more than just the background of National Treasure.

As close as a couple of Cardinals fans will get to supporting the Phillies
We started our visit on the Independence Mall and checked out the National Constitution Center.  The impressive building features an exhibit hall of constitutional history and features artifacts and original documents.  You'll also find life-sized cast bronze sculptures of the 39 signers of the Constitution along with the three dissenters.

A few blocks away is the Betsy Ross house!  While there's some debate over whether Betsy actually designed and sewed the first American flag, her Pennsylvania colonial style home is one of the most popular tourist stops in Philly.

And for any Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans out there...we swore we saw Dennis Reynolds' Range Rover parked just outside Betsy's house.

Our (self-imposed) walking tour through the city continued to Second Street above Market Street where the Christ Church Burial Grounds are...that's where Benjamin Franklin is buried amid more than 1,400 markers that span over three centuries of American history!  You'll also find four other signers of the Declaration of Independence, the founders of the U.S. Navy and several of America's early medical pioneers...if you look closely.


We also cruised by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, but they weren't open.  Which was fine with us because it really didn't look that interesting.

And our final stop on our walking tour was Independence Hall, on Chestnut Street.  This is the place where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both debated and adopted!  Pretty cool, huh?

If you notice in the top picture above, Independence Hall is getting a bit of a face lift.  The structure was originally completed in 1753 and became the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress from 1775-1783.  It was also the site of the Constitutional Convention in 1787...and from the looks of things inside, it probably  hasn't changed much.

The original home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall is worth the wait to tour.  Oh, and so where the pretzels and hot dogs from the street cart food vendor!