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ImagePhiladelphia is called the Birthplace of the Nation. It’s where America’s Founding Fathers declared independence from Great Britain and wrote the Constitution of the United States.


The Founding Fathers gave birth to a new nation when they wrote the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. They met in a building that became known as Independence Hall. The men voted to approve the Declaration on July 4th. The town’s citizens built bonfires, marched through the streets, and rang church bells when the Declaration of Independence was first read to the public.

Rhode Island

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ImageRhode Island is sometimes called Little Rhody. That’s because it’s the smallest state in the United States. But don’t be fooled by its size. Tiny Rhode Island is rich in beauty, history, and great places to visit.


Rhode Island covers 1,044 square miles (2,703 square kilometers) of land. The greatest distance from east to west is 40 miles (64 kilometers). It’s a bit more from north to south.

San Francisco

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ImageYou sink back into your seat as the cable car chugs up the steep slope. All around you are hills, many with steep, curving streets. A huge bay lies below you. In the distance you see the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, which crosses a channel at the entrance to the bay. The Pacific Ocean sparkles beyond the bridge. You are in San Francisco, California, a city famous for its scenic beauty.

San Francisco is one of the largest cities on the West Coast. About 760,000 people live in the city, and many more live nearby. People from many different ethnic groups live in San Francisco. The city’s Chinatown area is home to one of the largest Chinese communities in the United States.

Rocky Mountains

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ImageThey are home to jagged peaks, sparkling lakes, and rushing rivers. They offer some of the best skiing and most spectacular scenery in North America. They are North America’s longest mountain chain. They are the great Rocky Mountains.


The Rocky Mountains are in western North America. They rise dramatically from the Great Plains of central Canada and the United States.

South Carolina

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State Capitol, South Carolina

South Carolina has sandy ocean beaches, fine gardens, and high mountains. In addition to outdoor activities, the state offers opportunities to take in America’s past. South Carolina was one of the 13 original English colonies. It preserves buildings from the colonial period, especially in the city of Charleston. In 1861, the first shots of the American Civil War were fired in Charleston’s harbor.


South Carolina is nicknamed the Palmetto State after its state tree, the cabbage palmetto. Palmettos are shaggy palm trees that grow along the Atlantic Coast. People used to chop up the budding leaves of these trees and make a cabbage-like salad.