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Where can you travel with your family and learn about our great nation? I went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and for four years Philadelphia was my home. I made the best friends and want to share my favorite things about this incredible city, the City of Brotherly Love.

Where can you learn about an amazing woman who helped create the United States? At the Betsy Ross House, see the upholstery shop where Betsy Ross sewed the Stars and Stripes to make the very first flag for the USA. George Washington asked for her help and she said YES!

Want to know what makes America GREAT? The constitution.
Learn more at the National Constitution Center which opened July 4, 2003. This is the world’s only museum dedicated to one of our nation’s greatest documents, the U.S. Constitution. Walk through the exhibits to learn about citizenship and why the U.S. Constitution is as important today as it was over 200 years ago.

In Signers’ Hall, you can literally walk among the 42 life size bronze statues of our Founding Fathers. There are the 39 signers and the 3 dissenters. Who do you want to stand next to? Feel like you were there at the moment when they signed on September 17, 1787 and created a government ruled by “We the People.

Make sure to experience Freedom Rising which Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor called “the best 17-minute civics lesson in the country.” 

At the Museum of the American Revolution, see the headquarters tent of George Washington – our very first president! It served as his command center throughout most of the Revolutionary War and is one of the most iconic surviving artifacts of the Revolution. The Museum is located just two blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, in the heart of historic Philadelphia which is the most historic mile in the entire United States.

Visit my University campus and be among the first at the Penn Museum’s newly restored Mexico & Central American Gallery and Africa Galleries with new interpretive displays and see the famed Sphinx of Ramses II as you enter. Explore the past in the engaging rooms of this archaeology and anthropology museum.

Eric Carle Exhibit, Photo by Kristi Jan Hoover

Children always love the Please Touch Museum! Right now they have a special exhibit from the prolific children’s author-illustrator of The Very Hungry CaterpillarVery Lonely FireflyVery Quiet Cricket. Your littlest readers can immerse themselves in Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit.

Benjamin Franklin was a founding father of our country and my University (1749)! He was an inventor and great thinker. He even created the public library system! At The Franklin Institute, you can learn to handle unexpected situations at The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience. Did you love the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook?  It has sold 10 million copies! In the interactive scenarios, you can survive an avalanche and leap from a moving train and even learn more about real worst-case survival success stories.

The view from Assembly Rooftop Lounge
at The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton

Where to Stay in Philadelphia?

I loved staying at The Logan Philadelphia located on Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, at Logan Square. I always enjoy Hilton Honors perks like breakfast and wi-fi and at this property the view from Assembly Rooftop Lounge was spectacular.

I discovered the colorful Kimpton Hotel Monaco on Hotel Tonight. It is so bright and full of life I felt like I was staying into a painting. It is literally steps from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. You are sleeping in the most historic square mile in the country!

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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