Trip Start Jun 15, 2003
Trip End Jul 11, 2003

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Saturday, June 28, 2003

On June 28th I had breakfast with my cousin before heading out to  Philadelphia. I checked in to the Bank Street Hostel. I visited the  Norman Rockwell exhibit. Later explored some of Independence Hall, the  Liberty Bell and Washington Square.

On June 29th I did a guided tour of Independence Hall and saw where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted, and I also saw an original draft of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation and I viewed the West Wing and Congress Hall.
At 10:30AM I had a 1:1 ranger led tour through the city. I visited Carpenter's Hall (home to the 1st Continental Congress in 1774), the 1st Bank of the US (started by Alexander Hamilton and government's bank from 1797-1811) and many other historic streets.
I also visited City Tavern, a reconstruction of Revolutionary America's finest tavern.

Then I visited Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial (his former Philadelphia home) to commemorate the Polish patriot who also fought for Americanindependence in the Revolutionary War.

After I visited Franklin Court,  the former home of Benjamin Franklin. Next I visited the former home and current resting spot of Betsy Ross. From there I hiked about 20
blocks to Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, his home where he
lived in 1843 and wrote his classic stories.

On June 30th I drove to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, an iron plantation founded in 1771.

At noon I drove to Valley Forge National Historic Park. I saw the
winter encampment of Washington's Continental Army from 1777-1778
during the American Revolution.

I ended the day at the non-historic King of Prussia Mall.

On July 1st I visited the Ben Franklin National Monument. Then I hiked to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ran up the "Rocky" steps. Inside I saw works by Cezanne, van Gogh, Warhol, Renoir, Monet, Degas, etc. After I explored the smells and tastes of the Italian Market.
All in all I drove 240 miles to and in Philly.
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