Bruce Springsteen sang of its streets while Elton John sang of living and breathing its freedom. Philadelphia attractions are numerous and abundant. "The City of Brotherly Love" as it is also known is so steeped in our nation's history that it is next to impossible to explore without coming face to face with some portion of American history. If you're staying in Chester Heights, most Philadelphia attractions are easily accessible.
Chestnut St., Between 5th and 6th st.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
For all the rebellious types out there, BBOnline recommends a trip to Independence Hall. The Independence hall was where it all began. It's the place where Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin and the remainder of the founding fathers gathered to sign the Declaration of Independence. To drive the point home further, 11 years later the same building was used to sign the U.S. Constitution. Independence Hall is free for visitors but does require a timed ticket for admission. Staying in a Chester Heights bed and breakfast is a great way to soak up the history in the Philadelphia attractions.
The Besty Ross House
239 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For a dedication to a true American hero, BBOnline recommends the Betsy Ross House. The Betsy Ross House was built in the mid 1700s and was owned by a woman known as the Widow Lithgow. She rented rooms to Betsy Ross and her husband, who incidentally never owned the house themselves. Betsy Ross and her husband lived in the home and ran their upholstery business from it. Although quite well known for these facts, what makes the house and the lady the most famous was her being asked in 1776 to sew the first U.S. flag. The house was fully renovated in the 1930s. Betsy Ross is buried nearby in an adjacent courtyard. The home is open to the public but charges a small entrance fee. Staying in a Chester Heights inn will give you great access to the Betsy Ross house and several other Philadelphia attractions.
Christ Church Burial Ground
5th and Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For a Who's Who of American History, BBOnline recommends a walk through Christs Church Burial Ground. Several of the founding fathers are buried here, the most famous being Ben Franklin. As you walk through the cemetery you'll notice several historical markers. These designate the grave of someone of historical importance. In addition to Ben Franklin, four other signers of the Declaration of Independence have the burial ground as their final resting place. There are also several notable names in science, philosophy and medicine. As you pass through the front gate you'll likely see several pennies scattered about the ground. It is a long standing tradition to toss a penny through the front gates to honor Ben Franklin. The cemetery is closed to the public during the months of January and February, but open the remainder of the year. There are guided tours available as well.