1. The Liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell holds a special place in my heart because I spent some of my adolescence near Philadelphia, and it seems almost everyone who does so acquires some vague affection for the city. For outsiders, Philadelphia is well worth a visit, with several renowned museums (the Barnes Collection!), an architecturally remarkable town hall, the Schuylkill River with its rowing houses, and America’s oldest zoo (frankly, seeing elephants has never gotten old for me and probably never will).