Few attractions are more symbolic of freedom and democracy than the Liberty Bell. In Philadelphia, visitors can start their day exploring the roots of American history and conclude it with fantastic nightlife along the sparkling riverfronts and within Philadelphia's dynamic, flavorful neighborhoods. Outside the city, pastoral landscapes embrace sophisticated small towns and lively main street districts. When William Penn first visited the area just north of Philadelphia, he was reminded of the countryside of Buckingham, England, which later led to the name "Bucks" County. Today, English heritage is Tudor architecture standing side-by-side, weathering stone walls to the continuing tradition of fox hunting that's prevalent in Chester County.
In the city of Philadelphia, you can explore the history of American forefathers and mothers, from Benjamin Franklin to Betsy Ross. Walk the cobblestones of the country's oldest residential neighborhood at Elfreth's Alley. No other location illustrates the beginning of our country other than Independence Hall, home to the Liberty Bell. Tread the battlegrounds at Valley Forge.
A variety of cultures can be explored throughout the region. Amish food and goods are prevalent and are brought to town to the Reading Terminal Market, which is a venerable feast for the senses. Celebrate "Deutsche" heritage in Germantown. Spend a relaxing day at Fairmount Park, the largest landscaped park in the country.
To the north, the Lehigh Valley is a rich, fertile region of wineries, industries of the past and future, and steel heritage. The Lehigh Valley offers much fun to be had at Crayola Crayon Factory, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom and the Nazareth Speedway.
The heritage of the region is celebrated annually at festivals such as the re-enactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware and events at Valley Forge. Culinary delights run the gamut of the famous Philadelphia cheesesteak to the most elegant of international cuisine. If you come, make room in your schedule to see it all and be sure to spend a night -- or two, or four! The entertainment, history and cultural attractions of Philadelphia, its countryside and the Lehigh Valley await!