We stopped in Philadelphia (apparently I’m not allowed to say Philly) on our way to New York, spending one night there and the morning after. We stayed really close to the sights we wanted to see so we didn’t have to deal with in and out parking or the train. We wanted to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and the city had great facilities for seeing both. Philadelphia also has a wonderful amount of opportunities to learn about the history of slavery in the union and the Underground Railroad. There is so much history on display in Independence Hall. It’s operated by the National Parks Service and they held tours every 15 minutes. The tour included the meeting, court and the signing rooms of Independence Hall.
The ranger giving the tour was quirky and made the information more interesting to me, Sean thought she was a little too much. She probably doesn’t have anything on the History Channel, of which Sean watches a lot more than me!
The Liberty Bell had a fairly new structure around it with more installations dedicated to the Underground Railroad, slavery, the state of the union at the time the bell was in use and its transition to a bigger symbol of freedom. If I may show my ignorance, I totally thought it was going to be bigger in person.