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Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

1. Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Explore the origins of America on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Philadelphia. Discover the city where America’s Founding Fathers first declared independence, and ratified the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of historic landmarks including the Christ Church Burial Grounds, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall.   Begin your tour at the Bourse Building, across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Listen to the multilingual audio commentary as you enjoy the views from the open-top deck. See the Friendship Gate in Chinatown and be amazed by the architecture of Philadelphia’s City Hall.   Hop off to explore the various museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the world's largest collection of post-impressionist art at the Barnes Foundation. Marvel at Philadelphia’s skyline and stop to enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the One Liberty Observation Deck. Pass through the charming neighborhood of Society Hill and end your tour with a drive along the banks of the Delaware River. Stops:  • The Bourse Building  • Betsy Ross House  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown  • Reading Terminal Market  • Love Park  • Cathedral Basilica  • Logan Circle  • Rodin Museum  • Eastern State Penitentiary  • Special Events - The Perelman Building  • The Rocky Steps and Statue  • West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boat House Row  • Civil War Memorial  • Please Touch Museum  • Philadelphia Zoo  • Franklin Institute  • Mutter Museum  • One Liberty Observation Deck  • Avenue of the Arts  • Society Hill, Antique Row  • Mother Bethel A.M.E Church  • Headhouse Square  • Vietnam & Korean War Memorials  • Penns Landing  • Museum of the American Revolution  • Christ Church  • The Liberty Bell

From New York: Philadelphia Day Trip

2. From New York: Philadelphia Day Trip

Discover the highlights of Philadelphia on a guided tour from New York. Explore one of the oldest cities in America and learn about its historical importance. Your experience starts with pickup from selected hotels in New York. After a 2-hour transfer, arrive in Philadelphia city and visit the Liberty Bell. Enter the Independence Hall to see where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were created. Pass by Congress Hall and the Christ Church cemetery, where the tomb of Benjamin Franklin is located. See the house of Betsy Ross, who designed the first US flag. Wander along Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest street in the country, lined by 32 Georgian houses. Visit Parque del Amor in the city center, and enter the City Hall. Pass the State Penitentiary where famous prisoners such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton were held. Stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the stairs where Rocky was filmed, before returning to New York.

Philadelphia: Colonial Philadelphia Walking Tour

3. Philadelphia: Colonial Philadelphia Walking Tour

Discover buildings from the era of the founding fathers that still survive to this day. With your expert tour guide, see historic buildings that go back almost to the founding of the city in 1682. Admire a variety of architectural styles such as Georgian, Federal, and, Revival whilst learning about American history along the way. Beginning on Elfreth's Alley, learn about the origins of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. Then continue to Christ Church and its churchyard where Andrew Hamilton, Pierce Butler, and Robert Morris are buried. Next, you will see Ben Franklin's house and hear about his fascinating life story. From there, Carpenter's Hall is close by where the 1st Continental Congress met. See the First Bank of the United States, founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1791. This building is the first U.S. government building with a Greco-Roman facade. Pass by where Hamilton and his mistress lived, as well as the Dolly Todd House, before arriving at the Second Bank of the United States, the first all-marble facade in America. Finally discover Independence Hall, home of the 2nd Continental Congress. This important landmark is where both the Declaration of the United States and the Constitution were created and signed 11 years apart.

Boston: American Revolution Walking & Driving Private Tour

4. Boston: American Revolution Walking & Driving Private Tour

Discover the history of the American Revolution on a private self-guided walking and driving tour. Explore the freedom trail of Boston, Harborwalk, and more at your own pace with an audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. You will hear about the history, and the battles fought on the grounds.  Walk in the shoes of the Founding Fathers on the Freedom Trail and hear how the first sparks of revolution flew in Boston. Learn about the Sons of Liberty and uncover the truth about misunderstood events like the Boston Massacre. Next, reach Boston’s Harborwalk and revisit the fiery lead-up to the American Declaration of Independence. Stroll along the waterside and know about the dramatic protest called the Boston Tea Party and get a chance to visit the site. Afterward, head to the famous towns Lexington and Concord. Follow the route of an impossible battle between the American military and the British redcoats. Find out how the Americans turned the tide, and hear what it all meant in the fight for American independence. Then head to Valley Forge, where General George Washington faced some of his toughest challenges. Here, you will explore the remains of Washington’s 18th-century camp and hear the harrowing tale of how frigid temperatures, starvation, and desertion nearly pulled the American army apart. Finally, you will tour Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was first signed. Hear stories about Ben Franklin and the other revolutionaries who called this city home. See the iconic landmarks like the famous Liberty Bell and Elfreth’s Alley, maintained just as it was in the 1700s.

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What people are saying about Elfreth's Alley

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Born & raised in Philadelphia, I learned a some new things from our tour guide, William. We plan to return and take advantage of the hop on/hop off feature, rather than just the 1.5 hour loop. It was a spectacular day, made all that much better with William's wit and knowledge. Special thanks too, to Wanda, our bus driver who drove through the city smooth as silk (which is nearly impossible in a car, so it was especially amazing on the bus).

Walked around on day 1, day 2 got the hop on bus excellent commentary from the guide who was such a laugh also would have missed a few sites worth seeing on foot. Please be aware of the hustlers wanting to take your photo at some of the sites they take the photo for you then want paid.

This is the way to get a good overview of the city. The guide was informative and entertaining. We rode the entire tour and on the second go around, stopped where we wanted. The buses were running about every fifteen minutes, so very little waiting. All in all a good experience.

Very impressed with the busses, the tour guides and the amount of drop off/pick up spots. Well worth the money.

Great time and tour guide. Learned a lot about Philly in a fun way.