At Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the park rangers tell you that you will get goose bumps standing in the room where the Continental Congress met and the Declaration of Independence was signed. They aren't kidding. If you aren't able to get a ticket to tour Independence Hall during the day, don't worry! From 5-7pm, you can line up for the opportunity to do a quick 15-minute tour of the Hall without a ticket.
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The Birthplace of America
Standing in line on a cold winter's day waiting to tour Independence Hall can make one wonder if it's worth it. But once inside you will realize that it is. The most cynical among us can't help but be moved once inside. The guides know their history and they provide a great synopsis of the creation of the U.S. political system.