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Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Historical Walking Tour

1. Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Historical Walking Tour

Explore the oldest districts in Philadelphia on a guided historical walking tour focusing on the Founding Fathers of the United States. Stop outside historic sites such as the Betsy Ross House, the former home of Benjamin Franklin, and Independence Hall. Start your tour with your local guide with a stop outside the Betsy Ross House. Learn more about how the first American flag was sewn at this location. Stroll to the Old District of Philadelphia and see some of the homes of the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the USA. Learn more about the famous historical figures who once lived in the area, including where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. Then, visit Christ Church where many of the Founding Fathers worshipped. Then, see the previous home of Benjamin Franklin in the Historic District. Next, explore Independence Mall, a three-block section of the Independence National Historic Park. Follow your guide across the mall and visit the President’s House, once home to George Washington and John Adams when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital city.  Discover more about William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania during your visit to Washington Square. Take a moment outside the monument Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution dedicated to those who perished during the fight for independence, but remains have never been identified. Don’t forget to snap a picture of Independence Hall, where the deceleration of Independence and the US Constitution was signed. The tour will end in the Old City, where you’ll get to rest your legs and enjoy a refreshing cold beverage in a local brewpub. 

From New York: Philadelphia & Washington DC 2-Day Tour

2. From New York: Philadelphia & Washington DC 2-Day Tour

On this 2-day tour from New York, you will travel to Philadelphia, the Amish country, and Washington DC. Day 1: New York – Philadelphia – Washington DC Depart from New York through New Jersey and Pennsylvania to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Upon arrival, you will embark on a panoramic tour that includes, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Elfert Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America), and more. Arriving in the historic area of Philadelphia you will visit the famous Liberty Bell, Constitution Square, and Constitution Hall, one of the symbols of freedom in America.  Departing Philadelphia you will see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue east to Lancaster county, home of the Amish people. Start your visit with a ride on an authentic Amish buggy through the Amish farm country and learn how they live without the benefit of modern technology, no electricity, running water, telephone service, or appliances. After the ride, visit the marketplace where you can shop for handmade arts crafts, and products. In the late afternoon, depart east for an evening arrival in Washington DC. Stay overnight at Wyndham Garden, Washington DC Day 2: Washington – Amish Country – New York Start the day with a visit to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded by famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery and the Kennedy family gravesite.  The next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum or the Natural History Museum when the Air and Space Museum is closed for renovation. Afterward, visit the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon, depart north for an evening arrival in New York.

Historic Happy Hour Food Tour of Old City

3. Historic Happy Hour Food Tour of Old City

Your Philadelphia food tasting tour begins at a restaurant across the street from the iconic Independence Hall. Start off with some hearty veggie-based apps accompanied by a deliciously light cider, just like the colonials would have liked, but with modern cooking techniques and rich flavors. From here, stroll through the picturesque streets of Philadelphia’s old colonial neighborhoods and see a selection of the city’s most historic landmarks. Arrive at the second stop of the day, one of the city’s oldest restaurants bursting with authentic American charm. Dine on a modernized colonial dish, washed down with a smooth and strong cocktail. At the next stop, enjoy some traditional Pennsylvanian beer with another colonial-based dish before finally heading to America’s oldest confectionery store for a real sweet treat! The tour is a unique way to learn about Philadelphia’s colorful history, whilst making the most of happy hour. The walking tour combines visits to countless must-see sights, as well as off-the-beaten-path locations that you won’t find in traditional tourist books. Be sure to arrive on an empty belly, so you can have your fill of traditional dishes and boozy beverages.

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Fantastic tour. It was our first time in Philadelphia and we wanted a history based tour of the city and the tour is only 2 hours, it provided the perfect introduction without taking up too much time as it was on a flying visit. The guide was very knowledgeable, made the tour interesting and answered all the questions from various members of the group. He made us feel very welcome in the city. I'd highly recommend this tour to any traveller visiting Philadelphia.

My husband and I totally enjoyed the Philadelphia founding fathers walking tour last week. Our guide was Josh; he was extremely knowledgeable, interesting, friendly and, an overall great guide. I highly recommend this tour and our guide Josh.

Howard was great. Very knowledgeable and personable. Patient with our kids and kept them engaged

It was very informative and educational. Our tour guy Rick did an awesome job!

Great experience! Super friendly and informative. Would deff do it again.