11 US Places Only Locals Know About

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Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

I know that Jail doesn’t sound like a prime vacation spot, but the locals in Philadelphia will tell you to stop in at the Eastern State Penitentiary for a look back at prison history. Don’t worry, the inmates are long gone! It was open between 1829 and 1971 and housed people like Al Capone.

It may look like a castle, but the massive building was designed to be the type of prison where inmates were always isolated, even while eating. The fortress on the outskirts of the city is a unique experience! Self-guided audio tours are available and narrated by Steve Buscemi and include audio from former inmates and guards talking about their experiences in prison. Most of the cells are “as is” with the rubble and decay of many decades, while others are used as art installations.

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  1. Claire Manfredo

    OMG my school, the Fashion Institute of Technology took us here as field trip, I guess. I graduated in 1979. It was an art history course.