Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour I (Self Guided), Philadelphia

Philadelphia features a vast range of wonderful landmarks, which are very interesting from an historical point of view. Monuments, memorials, statues, squares or parks, all of them are worth visiting. Take the following tour to see the most prominent landmarks in Philadelphia!
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Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour I Map

Guide Name: Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour I
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: leticia
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Vietnam Memorial

1) Vietnam Memorial

The Vietnam Memorial is dedicated to all those who served during the Vietnam War. The names of the soldiers who made their ultimate sacrifice are engraved for good in this black marble monument. The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial takes after a similar one in Washington, D.C., and commemorates the 645 Philadelphia residents who perished in Vietnam. Etched alongside the names are scenes of the war, illustrating acts of heroism, bravery and rescue, together with highlights of the war suffering, as a silent and sobering tribute to the war victims and heroes.
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The Irish Memorial

2) The Irish Memorial

The Irish Memorial is a public monument set at the intersection of Front and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. Established in 2003, it honors the memory of over one million Irish men and women who died during the Irish Starvation from 1845 to 1852. Designed by Glenna Goodacre, the site was chosen because it is the location where many Irish immigrants set foot on American soil for the first time. Part of Independence National Historical Park, The Irish Memorial at Penn's Landing contributes to the cultural and historic diversity of the nearby Historic District. It has a special meaning for the 44 million of Irish Americans, yet never fails to touch those who approach it, regardless of their descent.
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Welcome Park

3) Welcome Park

Welcome Park is named in honor of William Penn's ship, the Welcome. It was laid out by internationally acclaimed architectural firm Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown. The park is devoted to celebrating the life and contributions of the English real estate capitalist, philosopher and Philadelphia founder, William Penn. In the center of the park stands a miniature version of the William Penn statue that tops City Hall. Ringing the park walls bear the gravings of Penn's plans and promotions for the city of Philadelphia.
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Independence National Historical Park

4) Independence National Historical Park (must see)

Independence National Historical Park preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Administered by the National Park Service, the 45-acre park comprises much of the historic area of downtown where Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Independence Visitor Center, are located, along with dozens of other historic buildings and educational centers. The sites located within the park are in the Old City and Society Hill neighborhoods of the city.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Independence Square

5) Independence Square (must see)

Independence Square is the highlight of Philadelphia’s landmarks, located in the heart of the Historic District. This is the place where the Declaration of Independence was first read in public on July 8, 1776. Although the square is not as impressive today, it still has a significant dignity and place in American history.

The Independence Square is a city block formed by The Independence Hall and two adjoining smaller buildings - Old City Hall to the east, and Congress Hall to the west.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Washington Square

6) Washington Square

Washington Square, originally designated in 1682 as Southeast Square, is an open-space park in Center City Philadelphia's Southeast quadrant and one of the five original planned squares laid out on the city grid by William Penn's surveyor, Thomas Holme. It is part of both the Washington Square West and Society Hill neighborhoods. Washington Square was the site of the first human flight in the Americas in 1793 when Jean Pierre Blanchard ascended in his hot-air balloon from the Walnut Street Jail. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial is located within the square. An unknown number of bodies remain buried beneath the square and the surrounding area; some are still occasionally found during construction and maintenance projects. A sycamore tree in the square, planted in 1975, was a Moon tree: it was grown from seeds that had been carried to the moon by astronaut Stuart Roosa on the Apollo 14 mission. It died around 2008.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Philadelphia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Philadelphia is one of the most outstanding historic places in the USA. It is the homeland of the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed. Here you will also find many art museums one of which is named in the memory of Benjamin Franklin who made Philadelphia famous. Take the following tour to discover the most famous attractions...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Museums Walking Tour I

Museums Walking Tour I

Philadelphia is home to many outstanding museums. Dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, these buildings feature great collections, interesting expositions and the best exhibits. Take the following tour to visit Philadelphia’s great museums!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Philadelphia without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Philadelphia, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Old City History Walk

Old City History Walk

Let Philadelphia tell you about the great history of the United States through its outstanding historic places. Learn more about America’s founding fathers, key events during the 18th century, the country’s long-awaited independence and its glorious attainment of liberty. Take the following tour to discover Philadelphia’s history.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia contains a variety of interesting buildings and houses, from homes dating to the 18th and 19th centuries and Victorian buildings to stylish modern towers. It's also home to a vast range of magnificent and interesting landmarks. Among them are the famous LOVE Park, the impressive Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, fabulous Logan Circle, the creative Shakespeare Memorial and much...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Like every historic city, Philadelphia has a vast range of old churches and historic places of worship. Many of its religious buildings are National Historic Landmarks. Take the following tour to see the most beautiful religious buildings in Philadelphia!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

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