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Historic Landmarks, Philadelphia

Distance from Baltimore: 100 miles, 2 hours driving. Why it's worth the gas: Philadelphia plays a unique and important role in American history and there are three places that a history buff should check out: 1. National Constitution Center-- This museum has various interactive exhibits that take you through America's most important events. 2. Independence Hall-Visit the very place that our nation's leaders began seeking independence from England. 3. Liberty Bell Center-The Bell, whose original home as at Independence Hall is a historic symbol for independence and was rung throughout the country during the Civil War. Don't miss:The President's House, an open-air site on Independence Mall that tells the story of America's first executive mansion and its inhabitants, including Presidents George Washington and John Adams. Information: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admissions range from $8 to $14.50. Call 1-800-512-6326 or go to www.constitutioncenter.com Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free but you must pick your ticket before arriving. Call 215-965-2305 or go to www.nps.gov/inde/independence-hall-1.htm Liberty Bell Center, 526 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. No tickets are required. Call 215-965-2305 or go to http://www.nps.gov/inde/liberty-bell-center.htm/index.htm William Thomas Cain, Getty Images
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