In our many excursions into and through Philadelphia, we've often spotted the bright red, double decker buses making their way around Center City (they are pretty hard to miss!). The more we saw them zipping around, the more we so wanted to be up on their top level getting a completely new and unique view of the city. In just about every temperature and weather, we have seen at least a handful of people braving the cold, heat, or rain sitting up above everyone else. Needless to say, we were thrilled when Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours gave us the opportunity to check out just why this particular bus tour is so appealing.
The Tours begin in front of the Historic Bourse Building on Independence Mall. Same day tickets are often available for purchase, but we strongly advise buying them in advance through the Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours website to be guaranteed a spot. Guests have the option of One-, Two-, or Three-Day Passes which get you all the knowledge about the city and its points of interest that your tour guides have plus convenient hop-on-hop-off transportation around Center City. They also offer a Twilight Philly Night Tour (next on our list for sure!).
Driving around with Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours was a fantastic and convenient way to hit all the highlights. The route covers 16 miles of Philadelphia, providing guests access to 100+ attractions including spots in the Historic District like Elfreth's Alley and The Betsy Ross House, places in the Museums District such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Eastern State Penitentiary, and the attractions down by the Delaware River Waterfront. One of our favorite of the 27 stops was right under the Beautiful Chinatown Friendship Gate.
We love learning all the extra tidbits we can about anything and everything around Philadelphia, so we were thankful for our tour guide, Pauley, who provided us with entertaining commentary throughout the tour. He offered not only historic information but quirky and interesting Philly facts, like pointing out the "I see dead people...." house used in the filming of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense". He was also a wealth of knowledge about the city's eateries, ice cream shops, and even a legendary speakeasy. With the breeze in our hair and the streets of Philadelphia below us, we paid close attention (especially when he called out "Duck, Duck, Goose!" to alert us of any low hanging branches!).
Day, Night or Combination Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours are available at varying cost for adults, children and seniors.8 Tour commentary is conveniently available in multiple languages for international guests. We now see why these bright red buses are so popular! Riding atop a double decker bus gives a great view of all the sites with a comprehensive 90-minute tour of Center City, and we loved the hop-on-hop-off option for making it super easy to take a closer look at any historic site, museum, or point of interest!
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