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Philadelphia is famous for its colonial history. The city, founded in 1682, can rightly be credited as the site of America's birth -- the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were created here. So was the first American flag. And over the past decade, the city has spiffed up its heritage appeal with the launch of the National Constitution Center and a new home for the Liberty Bell.

But to think Philadelphia's only attraction is its historic sites is to miss out on the latest "revolution" here. Among some of the more recent entrants onto the scene: a retro-designed sports stadium (the Philadelphia Phillies' Citizens Bank Park), the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (an eco-educational center) and the thriving -- but not over-commercialized -- waterfront, Penn's Landing, which features everything from historic ships-cum-restaurants to summer-long festivities.

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Philadelphia, which lies at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill River, also has amazing green spaces -- of particular note is Fairmount Park, one of urban America's largest parks. And just outside the city limits are whole other worlds to explore, from the country's most prominent Amish settlement to the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Atlantic beaches of South Jersey.

--written by Carolyn Spencer Brown and Sarah Schlichter

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