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.
There are few things as adult-ish as a well-designed living space. When you stop strewing your Ikea coffee table with old magazines and straw wrappers, and start creating a “lewk” that’s more your style, it’s time to invest in a coffee table book. Sometimes pricey, these are not the tomes you curl up with in your cozy chair. They’re often hefty, artistic and fun and, if chosen correctly, a true representation of your own sense of style and interests.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.