New Americans Tour Launches In Philadelphia

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WHILE PREPARING for the U.S. Citizenship test, Adriana Arvizo realized that more than half the answers in her flash-card set related to Philadelphia.

So, the public-relations manager for Visit Philadelphia got to thinking: Why only bury your nose in a history book when the actual sites are in our back yard? And she went to work.

Visit Philadelphia, a local tourism organization, yesterday announced its New Americans Tour, a self-guided trek of Philadelphia historical sites to help immigrants prepare for the U.S. Citizenship test.

"When you see something, it's easier to remember." said Arvizo, who organized the tour. "I think a visit to Philadelphia will truly help you prepare for your test," she added.

Established in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, the tour visits 13 historical sites, including the Liberty Bell Center, the Betsy Ross House and the National Constitution Center. It also includes places important to Philadelphia's immigration history, such as the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent. Some stops are free, others charge admission.


The self guided tour is available for download at