This year skip the usual hot dogs and chips backyard grill fest and take the kids to see some of the historic sites where the quest to be an independent nation began. There are many places you can choose to start your quest, starting all the way back with the earliest settlements in Virginia, to the areas around Washington, D.C., home to the nations collection of iconic documents, monuments and the seat of power.  Many people chose a city like Philadelphia which was once the capitol of the United States.  It was the seat of power at the time Washington, D.C. was established in late 1800.  There both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written.  It’s also where the term Philadelphia Lawyer was coined to describe an astute and competent practitioner as in, “I wouldn’t mess with him, he’s got a mind like a Philadelphia lawyer.”

Traveling around a city like Philadelphia when you have friends who know the place can give you an intimate look you’d never get from a travel brochure.  They are more likely to steer you toward the tourist traps and sometimes that’s ok.  Getting the feel of a city means you’ve got to go where the people go.  But what do you do when you don’t know anyone, and want to get the most out of your visit.  One great solution is to purchase a CityPASS through Groupon and strike out on your own.  You have nine days to use the pass, so you don’t have to rush from one location to the next, trying to keep up with the information the guide gives you.  You can take your time and savor the flavor of the city, moving from one exciting location to the next.  And when it’s time to stop and smell the cheesesteaks, you’ll be guided to the best the city has to offer so you can take your pick.

Using CityPASS saves you time and money by combining the most iconic places to visit with deals on the best places to eat, drink and be merry.  You pay one price and gain admission to places of interest all over the city.  Use a Groupon right now, and you can save 44% off admission to the Philadelphia zoo and other attractions.  Using CityPASS this July 4th will give your family unforgettable experiences that will last much longer than a burger and fries, and make you feel as smart as the finest lawyer in Philadelphia.