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Penn’s Landing – Philadelphia

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The area today known as Penn’s Landing stretches along the Delaware River for about 10 blocks from Vine Street to South Street, and encompasses the spot where William Penn, Philadelphia’s founder, first touched ground in his “greene country towne.” After Penn’s arrival, this area quickly became the center of Philly’s maritime soul and the […]

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Independence Hall – Philadelphia

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed inside Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Description: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal…” – The park represents the founding ideals of the nation, and preserves national and international symbols of freedom and democracy, […]

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GW Statue Independence Hall – Philadelphia

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The white marble original, installed on the north side of Independence Hall, was dedicated on July 2, 1869, by mayor Daniel M. Fox. It is now located in Conversation Hall, Philadelphia City Hall. A bronze replica replaced the original, and was dedicated in October 1910. Description: The statue of George Washington, by Joseph A. […]

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Liberty Bell Center – Philadelphia

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The Liberty Bell became famous after an 1847 short story claimed that an aged bellringer rang it on July 4, 1776, upon hearing of the Second Continental Congress’ vote for independence. Despite the fact that the bell did not ring for independence on that July 4, the tale was widely accepted as fact, even […]

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The University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

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#travelwithgdp Fact: Houston Hall started as the first student union in the nation and opened on January 2, 1896. As the first student union in the United States, Houston had some liberty to gather influence and set the tone for what would eventually become a common center at any modern university. In particular, Houston drew its […]