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.
By Lucia Soltis
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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.
Don't miss the birthplace of America
Prior to being re-christened as Independence Hall, the building was used and known as the Pennsylvania State House. The founding fathers of the United States met in the Assembly Room to debate and adopt both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. For a time the building fell into disrepair and it wasn’t until a visit in 1824 by the Marquis de Lafayette (who had served as a soldier under George Washington) that the city became dedicated to preserving this historic site. Entrance to Independence Hall is by tour only. Tickets are required from March through December. No tickets are needed in January or February. Fun fact—for a short time, the basement once served as the city's dog pound!
By Sue Manuel, AFAR Local Expert