Day 1 :
Welcome to Philadelphia!
- Arrive in Philadelphia, PA:
Meet your Course Leader and prepare for an action-packed adventure in a city alive with history and culture. Philadelphia served as our nation's capital until 1800.
- Franklin Institute:
Explore a museum dedicated to hands-on learning. With exhibits focused on railroads, aviation, and science, the Franklin Institute has no lack of adventure.
- Rocky Stairs:
The iconic scene from the movie Rocky, where Sylvester Stallone ran up these steps makes this site a must-see. Recreate the scene with your friends and take lots of pictures!
- Eastern State Penitentiary:
This prison has been abandoned since 1971, but has held some of America's most famous criminals including Al "Scarface" Capone.
- Hotel Check-In:
Day 2 :
Be a Part of History!
- Independence National Historical Park:
Take a look at Carpenter's Hall, where the First Continental Congress met in 1774. Browse through Independent Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitution was written.
- Visit majestic Congress Hall, where Congress met from 1790-1800. Finish your morning by visiting one of America's most hallowed symbols of liberty, the Liberty Bell.:
- Independence National Historical State Park (continued):
Continue exploring this historical park with a trip to Christ Church. Historical greats like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin worshiped in this sanctuary, which has been an active church since 1695.
- Hop over to Franklin Court, where you'll see the "ghost house" representing Benjamin Franklin's home, a working print shop, the B. Free Franklin post office, and an underground museum.:
- Betsy Ross House:
Visit the home of our nation's most famous flag maker and the actual site where Betsy Ross made the American flag.
- Elfreth's Alley:
Walk along beautiful Elfreth's Alley, America's oldest residential street, knowing that you're walking in the footsteps of many of our founding fathers and historical icons.
- Return to Hotel:
Day 3 :
Lancaster and More!
- Valley Forge:
As the home of General George Washington's Continental Army winter encampment, this large park holds many treasures. Take a peek at the Washington Memorial Chapel, Washington's headquarters, and the National Memorial Arch.
- Depart for Lancaster:
- Amish Country:
Explore another world in the largest Amish community in the country. Visit a traditional Amish farm, pretzel factory, school house, and cemetery. Discover the customs and traditions of Colonial Lancaster.
- Return to Philadelphia:
Day 4 :
Continue Exploring our Nation's First Capital!
- Hotel Check-Out:
- City Hall:
Take in the breathtaking view of the city from the observation deck. Don't miss the 37-foot statue of William Penn atop the 548-foot tower of City Hall.
- U.S. Mint:
Tour the world's largest mint and discover the coins created there. Walk the halls of the first mint commissioned under George Washington in 1792.
- Penn's Landing/Independence Seaport Museum:
Soak in the sights of Philadelphia's beautiful waterfront. See the seaport where William Penn docked in 1682.
- Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site:
Take a look around the house Poe lived in from 1843-1844, where he wrote the "Tell-Tale Heart".
- Depart Philadelphia for Home:
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