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The Tidal Basin

Free Tour

Explore the Tidal Basin with Historic America! From MLK to FDR all the way to Jefferson, we'll hit all the iconic sites as well as hidden gems. You do the walking and we'll do the talking, and don't forget to Hashtag your pics #historicamericatours

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Welcome to Historic America’s walking tour of Old City Philadelphia. We’re glad you could join us! I’m Rachel, your guide (but I also respond to professional history nerd). This is the part of the tour where I fit in my shameless plug for our website (www.historicamerica.org) and invite you to use #historicamericatours on social media while traveling alongside us today. This tour tells the story of the American Revolution and the nation’s early years by exploring the sites of Old City Philadelphia like Franklin Square & Independence Hall - all within ringing distance of the Liberty Bell. The Constitution and Declaration of Independence were penned, debated, and signed here, so during the course of this tour, you’ll get to see where America was born. Let’s explore Old City! To get started, find your way to the intersection of South 10th & Locust Streets. A quick note before we get started: Our tour is designed to help you see Philadelphia’s most famous sites no matter when you visit! We will not go inside any buildings, but many of these sites are free and open to the public on most days during regular business hours. However, some sites (like inside Independence Hall) require a free, timed ticket and a security check. If you’d like more information about operating hours and tickets to Independence Hall, you can visit the Independence Visitor Center on Market Street.

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Explore the iconic Art Deco District with Historic America! The district is home to the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world. That’s exciting for architecture buffs, but it’s also pretty impressive even if you’re not super into design. The creamy pastels, neon lights, and bold geometric designs will undoubtedly win you over. We’ll start on Ocean Drive, with the sandy beach on one side, and a long strip of bars, shops, restaurants and hotels on the other. Our tour will immerse you in the heart of South Beach, showing off the architecture and transporting you to a bygone era. Picturesque as a postcard, seeped in fascinating history, and constantly buzzing with energy, the Art Deco district is a Miami must-see-- and we can’t wait to share it with you! #historicamericatours

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Welcome to Historic America’s walking tour of Charleston. We’re glad you could join us! I’m Aaron, your guide (but I also respond to professional history nerd). This is the part of the tour where I fit in my shameless plug for our website (www.historicamerica.org) and invite you to use #historicamericatours on social media while traveling alongside us today. This tour focuses on some of Historic Charleston’s “must see” attractions and gives you a glimpse into the rich history of the city. Highlights include the Charleston City Market, a waterfront park with a view of the the third longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere, the famous Rainbow Row, and the spot where the Civil War began.

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Welcome to Historic America’s walking tour of the Haight-Ashbury, one of San Francisco's most storied and colorful neighborhoods! I’m Aaron, your guide and professional history nerd. Before we begin, check out www.historicamerica.org to view our multitude of tour offerings and extra elements, like our podcast and Youtube series. I also invite you to use #historicamericatours on social media to show off your neighborhood adventure today. Let’s begin. During the late 1960s, the Haight-Ashbury was home to the countercultural movement that sought to create a brave new world of free expression, free love, and new possibilities. Along these storied streets, the movement’s followers - hippies - mounted a peaceful revolution against war, conformity, materialism, and oppression. There are at least two sides to every revolution, however, and although the hippie counterculture had its insights, it also had excesses. We’ll explore both today. The hippies were joined by many of the most talented musicians and the most notorious personalities of their era. On this tour, we will explore their stories (along with a few others), ultimately discovering how the “flower children” left an indelible mark on the history of the Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, and the United States. Alright, let’s chill out, hang loose, and head back to 1967 and the Summer of Love. To get started, find your way to the intersection of Fulton & Stanyan streets.

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Welcome to Historic America's walking tour of the President's Neighborhood. We're glad you could join us! I'm Aaron your guide (but I also respond to professional history nerd). This is the part of the tour where I fit in my shameless plug for our website (www.historicamerica.org) and invite you to use #historicamericatours on social media while traveling alongside us today. This tour will explore not just the White House, but the fascinating buildings which surround it.

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Welcome to Historic America’s walking tour of the National Mall. We’re glad you could join us! I’m Aaron, your guide (but I also respond to professional history nerd). This is the part of the tour where I fit in my shameless plug for our website www.historicamerica.org and invite you to use the #historicamericatours on social media while traveling alongside us today. This tour will focus on the monumental core of Washington, DC, otherwise known as the National Mall. We'll begin with the Capitol Building and the Smithsonian Museums and end with the Lincoln Memorial. Along our walk, you'll see everything in-between.

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Welcome to Historic America’s Founding Fathers Footsteps tour of Philadelphia. We’re glad you could join us! I’m Aaron, your guide (but I also respond to professional history nerd). This is the part of the tour where I fit in my shameless plug for our website (www.historicamerica.org) and invite you to use the #historicamericatours on social media while traveling alongside us today. This tour is a biographical journey telling the stories of America's Founding Fathers by exploring the sites where they lived and worked here in historic Philadelphia. Here, America’s founding generation oversaw a revolution, wrote our founding documents and gave birth to a young republic. From Betsy Ross’s House, to the grave of Benjamin Franklin, to the assembly room where George Washington became America’s general - this tour is packed with larger-than-life Americans and their most memorable moments. To get started, find your way to the intersection of Market & 2nd Street - near the 2nd Street subway station. A quick note before we begin: Our tour is designed to help you see Philadelphia’s most famous sites no matter when you visit! We will not go inside any buildings, but many of these sites are free and open to the public on most days during regular business hours. However, some sites (like inside Independence Hall) require a free, timed ticket and a security check. If you’d like more information about operating hours and tickets to Independence Hall, you can visit the Independence Visitor Center on Market Street.

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