This year’s Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, the original capital of the United States. While most people can’t get into the convention, they can still enjoy the many historic attractions the city has to offer.
Betsy Ross House The building is more than 250 years old, though, unfortunately, we’re not sure if she lived there or the place next door. Historians even question her role in making the first American flag, but don’t bring that up with the historical re-enactor.
This medical museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, which was founded in 1863. It has since put together an impressive collection of oddities and artifacts, ranging from antique surgery equipment to pieces of Einstein’s brain.
Independence Hall The place where the Declaration of Independence was signed is free to enter, but you’ll need to reserve a ticket from March to December. The official Declaration is now housed in the National Archives of D.C., but you can still historical artifacts like the original draft of the Constitution.
Eastern State Penitentiary
Built with a panopticon design, Eastern State was meant to revolutionize the way criminals were imprisoned. The cells lining the outer walls made to isolate prisoners and force them to reflect on themselves. Its most famous prisoner was Al Capone, who spent nine months there in 1929.
National Constitution Center This isn’t a historic site; the National Constitution Center is a non-profit institution dedicated to constitutional dialogue and civic education. Past recipients of its Liberty Medal include Bono, Nelson Mandela and Tony Blair.
The Liberty Bell is one of the most iconic pieces of history, symbolizing the American independence movement, though it did not actually ring in the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
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For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Part of the allure of podcasts, aside from being able to listen during practically any activity, comes from the wide breadth of topics they cover. A well-informed host can teach you about any topic you can imagine. In the world of history podcasts, there are many in-depth, factual and entertaining casts to spend time with.