Philadelphia is a city of firsts: the first art school, the first African-American church, the nation’s first zoo, the first botanical garden and the first stock exchange. This city, deemed the safest and friendliest city in America, is filled with historical significance that will leave you wanting to explore even more, and your trolley tour will take you past some of the most popular and historic attractions. The National Constitution Center is America’s most interactive museum, and is solely devoted to the U. S. Constitution and the story of we, the people.

You’ll be fascinated with all there is to discover at the science museum, the Franklin Institute. Enter a world of artistic experimentation at the exhibit, Sir Isaac’s Loft, “where art and physics collide!” Learn about space in the Fels Planetarium, and about the ocean’s floor during an IMAX movie, and so much more! Round off your vacation with a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo, where you’ll meet dozens of species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds in their various habitats, from the prairie dogs in their world of underground tunnels and chambers, to the Monkey Junction, where the Columbian black spider moneys and a pair of white bellied spider monkeys play. All in all, you’ll have a wonderful vacation, full of adventure and exploration!

Discover true grandeur, unrivaled style and service at the iconic downtown Philadelphia Hyatt at The Bellevue. Situated on the famous Avenue of the Arts, the Hyatt blends old-world architecture with modern amenities. Unwind in the city’s largest guestrooms; allow the Concierge to personally recommend and make arrangements at top restaurants, shows and events; dine at XIX (NINETEEN) on the top floor with great food, custom cocktails and sweeping city views. The Bellevue building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers a unique shopping and dining experience. Come see why this elite Center City Philadelphia hotel has earned the Hyatt distinction.

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Romantics, history travelers, and travelers with dogs…if you’ve ever imagined America and the Civil War in the 1800s, you’ll love this opportunity to stay in a Civil War farmhouse on the Gettysburg Battlefield! Get ready for a unique historical adventure that includes great food, comfortable accommodations, and daily history presentations. You’ll also enjoy a Battlefield bus tour and a bus tour of Old Town Gettysburg!

Imagine staying in a real 1809 Civil War farmhouse on a beautiful 30-acre nature preserve on the Gettysburg Battlefield behind Big Round Top. Set in the Gettysburg National Military Park, you will be just five minutes from the restaurant and tourist district, and you’ll have access to all of the museums inside the park! Make the most of your travels through time by visiting the park’s museum, the Eisenhower Historic Site, the Shriver House Museum, the American Civil War Museum, and General Lee’s Headquarters Museum (just to name a few!)

After you have had your fill of the tourist hustle and bustle, retreat to a beautiful country setting where you can relax and refresh yourself. The excellent historical presentations every morning before breakfast have become a signature element of the Battlefield Bed and Breakfast experience for nearly 20 years. There are also fun activities planned throughout the year, and some of the guest favorites include the January Civil War Ball and February Dinner with Lincoln.

More than 40 miles of battlefield avenues criss-cross across the 10,000 acre Gettysburg Battlefield, and you’ll find more than 1,450 monuments, markers and plaques dotting the field. Your Premier Battlefield tour will highlight the events that occurred on the Gettysburg Battlefield, as well as why Gettysburg plays such a significant part in American history. And your tour of Old Town Gettysburg showcases some of the most amazing stories in history, narrated by locals! From the sisters who witnessed a meeting of Confederate and Yankee soldiers in front of their house, to the woman who was almost sold into slavery, these stories are spellbinding! You’ll see buildings struck by artillery shells, and the locals even have a story about Gettysburg’s connection to Al Capone!

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On Oct. 4, 1895, the first US Open Championship was conducted by the United States Golf Association on the nine-hole course of Newport Golf and Country Club. While the US Open’s format has changed several times since then, it has never lost any of the gusto that makes it America’s finest golf championship. The Trophy Club is an exclusive, air-conditioned pavilion which is completely furnished including television monitors. It includes a wide selection of food and beverages for purchase and is known for its great atmosphere.

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070704-N-2855B-005 Tiger Woods, Champion Golfer, drives the ball down range during the inaugural Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am Tournament, part of the AT&T National PGA Tour event, July 4, 2007, at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. Woods donated 30,000 tournament tickets to military personnel to attend the event honoring soldiers and military families. Defense Dept. photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess, USN.

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