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The Official Trail of Philadelphia’s
Historic District

The essential guide to Philadelphia’s original city

The birthplace of the nation is rich in history — lots and lots of history. But how do you decide what exactly to do?

Consider this your essential 24-stop guide to Philadelphia’s Historic District, an area that spans from the Delaware River to 7th Street and from Vine to Lombard streets.

While the heart of Philadelphia’s original city boasts serious historical cred, it’s also home to buzzed-about restaurants and beer gardens, owner-operated boutiques and pushing-the-boundaries art galleries. That means there’s plenty of fun to be had, too.

Read on to get the scoop on the Official Trail of Philadelphia’s Historic District.

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Christ Church & Christ Church Burial Ground

Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England

Christ Church is nicknamed “America’s Church” for good reason. George Washington, Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin and John Adams all worshipped here, and Reverend Absalom Jones was ordained here. Nearby is the who’s who Burial Ground of the colonial era, where you can toss a penny on Franklin’s grave for good luck.
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