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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Benjamin Franklin called the nation's first capital the "New Athens." Philadelphia is the place that the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights were written and signed. Learn all about this at Independence Hall in the Old City 365 days a year. Weave your way also through small streets to experience four centuries of architecture alongside new art galleries and cozy theme cafes.

You'll still feel the original European aesthetic as you walk through the Old City historic quarter. Hear stories on a backstage tour at the Walnut Street Theater, built in 1809 and the oldest theatre in the country. For live music today in a small concert setting explore Theater of the Living Arts just about any night of the week.

In the late 17th century, William Penn organized fishermen, farmers, and hunters to sell their wares - this grew into the 80-merchant Reading Terminal Market, where you can discover real Amish fresh-baked foods. South Philly is still home to the legendary cheesesteak, but also try the Peruvian and Portuguese storefront bistros. Discover the creative design shops of the outrageous Fishtown neighborhood - open gallery nights along Frankford Avenue are free on first Fridays of the month.