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Fort Washington

Southeast Pennsylvania is Rich with Early American History


Fort Washington and Glenside, Pennsylvania, are located about 40 minutes north of Philadelphia, a city rich in culture and history. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the birth of our country. It was where the Founding Fathers signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and was one of the nation’s capitals during the Revolutionary War.


Whether you want to discover early America’s fascinating past, explore world-renowned art museums, or just try an authentic Philly cheese steak, our guide will help you make the best out of your stay.


Historic Sites and Attractions


Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Independence National Historical Park houses several historical attractions, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.


Independence Hall has great significance to American history, and is a must-see for all visitors. The Founding Fathers gathered here in 1776 to sign the Declaration of Independence, and 11 years later, state representatives met here to shape the U.S. Constitution.


Located across from Independence Hall is the Liberty Bell, a symbol of American independence. The bell once rang in order to call the Pennsylvania Assembly to meetings, and was later adopted by suffragists, Civil Rights leaders, and many others as their symbol. Visitors can tour the Liberty Bell Center year-round and learn about the bell’s iconic crack and interesting history.


Visit the National Constitution Center to learn about one of the most influential documents in history. The 60,000-square-foot museum brings the U.S. Constitution to life through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays.


About a half-hour drive from Fort Washington and Glenside is Valley Forge National Historic Park. General George Washington led his Continental Army into winter quarters here in 1777. Although no battle was fought, nearly 2,500 American soldiers died of starvation, disease, and exposure to the cold.


Continue your journey through U.S. history at the historic Hope Lodge, located in Fort Washington. This country mansion built by Quaker businessman Samuel Morris was used by Continental troops during the American Revolution.



Museums and More


The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses a collection of world-class exhibitions, including Modern, Impressionist, and Renaissance art. The museum is also the place where Sylvester Stallone took his iconic run up the stairs as Rocky Balboa. Climb the “Rocky Steps” yourself for a great photo op and a panoramic view of downtown Philadelphia.


The Barnes Foundation is a beautiful two-story art museum described as a “gallery in a garden, a garden in a gallery.” The museum sits on four-and-a-half acres of landscaped grounds with more than 2,000 species of trees, and contains the works of artists such as Renoir, Seurat, and Picasso.


If you’d like to hear some live music or watch a play, check out Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and

»Independence Hall
»Liberty Bell
»National Constitution Center
»Valley Forge National Historic Park
»Hope Lodge
»Philadelphia Museum of Art
»The Barnes Foundation
»Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
»Mann Center for the Performing Arts
»Keswick Theater
»Reading Terminal Market
»Love Statue
»Philadelphia Zoo
»Fort Washington State Park
»Citizens Bank Park
»Lincoln Financial Field
»Wells Fargo Center
»Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation