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Sightseeing and visiting new places is meant to be fun, but sometimes the travel required puts a damper on your plans. Joining or starting a Philadelphia tour group? Rent a bus to Philly. Enlisting a charter bus rental to facilitate transportation can put your mind at ease and allow you to enjoy what’s really important. Senior travel groups are a popular way to unite like-minded travellers of a similar age group, and a charter bus rental is a reliable mode of transportation for those with limited mobility or hoping to add a social component to their tour.
For combined destination trips with itineraries spanning multiple cities or covering the outskirts of a hub town like Philly, a bus removes the headache involved with getting from one place to the next. And for long-distance trips requiring air travel, arriving at your destination knowing a bus is waiting to pick you up at the airport and shuttle you to the hotel is as good as it gets.
Philadelphia is an historic American city with longstanding political roots. Touring the City of Brotherly Love provides an opportunity to revel in the beginnings of American independence and spot some of the country’s most iconic places.
One of Philly’s most recognizable landmarks, the Liberty Bell is an American symbol of freedom that dates back to the 1700s. It was originally intended as a way to loudly alert citizens of danger, but over the years, the bell, which is found at Independence Hall (below), has taken on greater symbolism and become a tourist attraction. A distinct crack has graced the bell almost since its inception, and a second, unfixable crack later emerged that rendered the bell forever silenced. Still, the Liberty Bell’s legacy lives on.
The Museum of Art is a popular destination for group tours, and you may recognize it even if you haven’t been before. It boasts a vast collection of South Asian art plus the works of legends like Matisse, Warhol, and Rembrandt. Along with its exhibits, the museum hosts social events, yoga classes, and musical performances. The Museum of Art is known in pop culture as the home of the Rocky Steps, the iconic staircase featured in the Rocky movies.
Attracting lots of foot traffic from Liberty Bell visitors, taking a tour of Independence Hall is a must for anyone remotely interested in American history. It was in this very building where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed. And if you recognize the hall’s Georgian structure and red brick facade, that may be because it’s pictured on the back of the U.S. $100 bill.
One of the largest and oldest (opened in 1893) public markets in America, Reading is the perfect place to stop off to do some shopping while still sightseeing. Today, its central location just steps City Hall make it a great place to take a break between tours. Grab a donut, a hot dog, or a glass of whiskey from one of its merchants, or dive into it all with a Taste of Philadelphia market tour.
There’s way more to Philly than just Philly, if you catch our drift. Many of the nearby towns and villages paint a picture of a simpler — or more complicated — time in American life. History abounds this region of Pennsylvania.
This quaint, throwback village is one of the Philadelphia area’s most visited regions and worth the hour long bus ride from Philadelphia’s city center. Spend the day walking its winding brick roads, shopping locally-owned boutiques, or just admiring its charming colonial-style buildings. Be sure to stop off along the way to grab a pint at one of its pubs or taverns. Outdoor movie nights and food truck evenings liven things up after dark.
Valley Forge is a staple for school field trips in the Philadelphia area. Kids learning the Revolutionary War era of American history should be given the opportunity to visit Valley Forge as part of their education. It was here that George Washington set up his headquarters, a two-story stone house, and where he and his highest-ranking officers lived and worked while he led his Continental Army into Valley Forge.
The 1863 Battle of Gettysburg took place about 140 miles west of Philadelphia. Today, the landscape where the battle was fought remains intact, protected by the Gettysburg National Military Park. Its Museum and Visitor Center house 43,000 Civil War artifacts, one of the largest collections of its kind, including weapons, uniforms, and soldier items. The David Willis House was the home of a Gettysburg attorney and where President Abraham Lincoln finished writing his famous speech known as the Gettysburg Address. Years later, President Dwight Eisenhower had a weekend retreat there, now known as the Eisenhower National Historic Site.
The region inhabited by the Pennsylvania Dutch, spanning the southernmost part of the state west of Philly, includes mainly the cities of Lancaster, Allentown, Reading, Hershey, and York. While much of the region has been industrialized, there remain many inhabitants that follow the Amish-like way of living, and the area is heavily travelled. One of the best places to learn about the intricacies of this rural life is at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, an open-air museum in Lancaster. Also in Lancaster, Central Market, dating back to 1742, is the country’s oldest continually operating farmers market.