In our quest to follow a part of the US heritage trail, we passed by Baltimore and into what's called the Inner Harbor. This historic city went through two major wars - first during the American Revolution and then during the 1812 war between the US and the British Empire. Francis Scott Key was a witness during these British attacks and got inspired to write the poem "Star-Spangled Banner" which later on became the American national anthem.
On this bright spring day, Baltimore's Inner Harbor is besieged by promenaders. The USS Constellation, a Civil War-era ship still afloat, is at the centerpiece of this historic part of the city.
When the weather gets so good, both locals and visitors enjoy a day out in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. While a couple rests after a probably exhaustive morning on their bikes, a lady on unicycle performs for a crowd.
From Baltimore, we head off to the "city of brotherly love" in Philadelphia to see the mother of all historic American buildings - the Independence Hall. Nicolas Cage may have sneaked himself up the bell tower of this building in the movie "National Treasure" but there's no way ordinary tourists will be able to do that without setting off alarms. The only way to get inside - with an official guide - is to join the free scheduled tours with reserved tickets. Or enjoy the view outside from a leisurely ride on a horse-drawn carriage for a fee.
George Washington figures prominently along with the other "founding fathers" of the nation but it's his statue that stands out at the northern part of the building, as if to say: please do come in.There were many events that occurred inside this building but nothing that could surpass the two that's considered a foundation of this country's democratic ideals: the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
If the Liberty Bell gets stolen, America will have a heart attack. Despite an obvious crack on its side, this is the only bell that sees long lines of people who want to see a very important part of US history. Never mind if it doesn't ring anymore. It remains a solid reminder that freedom rings loud and clear in the United States of America.