Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia

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More info: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway stretches from Logan Circle to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and boasts many cultural institutions along its broad boulevard, including the Barnes Foundation, Moore College of Art and Design, the Rodin Museum and the Franklin Institute.

The beautiful, tree-lined parkway has fountains, green areas, statues and monuments and celebrated its 100th birthday in 2018.

The streets in central Philadelphia are arranged in a grid pattern - the first U.S. city to be so arranged and it follows the original plans of William Penn. Midway between the two rivers, Penn Square, occupied by City Hall, is the centre of the plan.

The history of Philadelphia was secured by its role as the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the constitutional convention of 1787, and second U.S. national capital.

From its early days until the 1850s, Philadelphia was the financial capital of the United States, before it lost this position to New York City. It was the birthplace of American banking, and the first building and loan association was founded there.