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Ed Boyle plays the fife, and Hoagy Wing plays the drum in period costume before a ceremony to mark the unveiling of the Independence Hall clock tower at Independence National Historical Park Philadelphia. The bell and clockworks were restarted to celebrate the successful completion of an 18-month tower rehabilitation. (Feb. 18, 2012 )

Philadelphia travel primer


When it comes to Philadelphia, the city is easy to get to from Long Island (about a 21/2-hour drive) and is also pretty simple to navigate when you get there, with most historic sites and attractions in a compact area. Dining opportunities abound, from gourmet restaurants to namesake Philadelphia cheesesteaks. About 37 million people visit the city and surrounding region each year, according to tourism officials. --Joie Tyrrell

Visitors to Independence National Historical Park view the
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Visitors to Independence National Historical Park view the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. (April 8, 2011)

Visitors enter the new National Constitution Center on
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Visitors enter the new National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Philadephia. (July 4, 2003)

Media and construction workers walk through the Grand
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Media and construction workers walk through the Grand Hall during a preview of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The National Constitution Center is dedicated to honoring and explaining the U.S. Constitution. (July 1, 2003)

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On the anniversary of the vote for the
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On the anniversary of the vote for the Declaration of Independence, visitors pose for photos in front of the Liberty Bell as Independence Hall in seen the background in Philadelphia. (July 2, 2006)

The Liberty Bell is housed in the Liberty
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The Liberty Bell is housed in the Liberty Bell Center, which offers images and guides to the history of the bell. It is protected behind a rope, but visitors can get pretty close for a photo. (Jan. 17, 2011)

Ed Boyle plays the fife, and Hoagy Wing
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Ed Boyle plays the fife, and Hoagy Wing plays the drum in period costume before a ceremony to mark the unveiling of the Independence Hall clock tower at Independence National Historical Park Philadelphia. The bell and clockworks were restarted to celebrate the successful completion of an 18-month tower rehabilitation. (Feb. 18, 2012 )

The clock is working after a ceremony to
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The clock is working after a ceremony to mark the unveiling of the Independence Hall clock tower at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. The bell and clockworks were restarted to celebrate the successful completion of an 18-month tower rehabilitation. (Feb. 18, 2012 )

A staircase in the tower at Independence Hall
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A staircase in the tower at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. (April 22, 2009)

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The new National Museum of American Jewish History
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The new National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Pa.

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