America’s Top Free Attractions | Independence National Historical Park | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia is a sprawling city known for its cheesesteaks, sports teams, and American history. Explore the city and brush up on your history by visiting Independence National Historical Park, where you can see all of Philly’s American Revolution sites in one place!

2013blogs_jan72013blogs_jan8Spanning 55 acres and encompassing all of Philadelphia’s historical attractions, Independence National Historical Park is free to the public. Make sure to see the city’s most famous attractions, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. Stop by the Declaration House, where Thomas Jefferson stayed while he wrote the Declaration, and see Franklin Court, a collection of sites dedicated to one of our most influential founding fathers. Take time to stroll through Washington Square, a beautiful park setting that is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution.

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America’s Top Free Attractions | The Smithsonian | Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C. isn’t all politics! Among the monuments and government buildings you’ll find the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex, which is free to the public year-round. Next time you’re in D.C., make sure to explore this remarkable educational and cultural site.

2013blogs_jan2The Smithsonian Museums

Comprised of 18 museums in the D.C. Metro Area, ten of which are within a mile of each other, the Smithsonian has something to interest everyone. Visit the American Art Museum for an impressive collection of art since colonial times, or check out the National Air and Space Museum, where you’ll find the famous Spirit of St. Louis. For lunch, have a picnic on the grassy areas outside or eat in of the many cafes and restaurants inside the museums.

2013blogs_janzooThe National Zoo

Located on 163 acres right in the middle of Washington, D.C., the National Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals and many beautiful gardens. Check the program schedule and fill up your day with fun activities – the zoo offers animal meet and greets, feeding and training demonstrations, and zookeeper presentations!

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