Itinerary: Revolutionary War

Redcoat re-enactors march in front of the Independence Visitor Center during an Independence Day celebration.

See the Cradle of American Liberty

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Visit the sites where it all began – see where the Declaration of Independence was signed, walk across the area’s famous battlefields and visit the iconic Liberty Bell.


Start off where it all began, at Independence National Historical Park – America’s most historic square mile – to see the iconic Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the signing of the Declaration of Independence signaled the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

Be sure to visit the Liberty Bell, located across the street from Independence Hall – the bell that legend says chimed in 1776 to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Visit the Betsy Ross House, home of the upholsterer who made flags for the government for over 50 years and is credited with creating the first American flag. Ross is representative of the many women who supported their families during the Revolution and early Republic.

Enjoy lunch at City Tavern, the unofficial meeting place of the First Continental Congress during the 1770s. The reconstructed tavern serves historically inspired fare by servers in 18th-Century clothing.

The Museum of the American Revolution is not to be missed – telling the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art.


Journey to the Cliveden house in Historic Germantown, whose grounds were the scene of an important battle in 1777 during the Revolutionary War where the British fought off General Washington’s army, taking refuge behind the house’s stone walls.

Don’t miss Fort Mifflin, site of the largest bombardment during the American Revolution and the oldest fortification in continuous use in the United States, from 1777-1954.


Drive to Chadds Ford, just 30 minutes from Center City, to the site of the Battle of Brandywine, where Washington and his troops tried to hold off the British from marching into Philadelphia, the nation’s capital. Or drive across the river to New Jersey to any of its Revolutionary War sites. Or visit Washington Crossing Historic Park, where General George Washington launched a surprise attack on Christmas night 1776 that led to a series of decisive victories.

Take a trip to Valley Forge National Historical Park, site of the encampment of George Washington and the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-1778. Participate in one of the many guided tours available, or stop by General Washington’s headquarters.



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