Philadelphia is a 1-1/2 hour drive from Lancaster, PA and makes a great hub-spoke destination while overnighting in Lancaster. Philadelphia is also a great destination unto itself. You can easily spend 2-3 days exploring the many sites and landmarks of the historic treasures during our Philadelphia Bus Tour.
Much of the history that shaped our nation is contained within one square mile in Philadelphia, PA, known as Independence Square. No visit to Philadelphia is complete without a visit to Independence Square where famous landmarks include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Franklin Court, Carpenters' Hall, The Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, and Elfreth's Alley.
You can see all the sights at Independence Square in a half-day tour then return return to Lancaster, or you can choose to see many other historical sights and landmarks in the Philadelphia area on a 2-3 day tour. Either way, allow us to do all the work and plan your Philadelphia Bus Tour for you!
Independence Hall is where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated, adopted, and signed. It was also the meeting place of the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1783. Built in 1753, Independence hall now stands as the centerpiece of the Independence Square National Park.
Did you know the Liberty Bell actually cracked on its first test ring? But still, it proclaims a timeless message: "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof". Go beyond the iconic crack to learn how this bell became an extraordinary symbol.
Congress Hall still stands as it did in 1790 when it was home to the U.S. Congress from 1790 to 1800. Originally built as the Philadelphia County Courthouse, it became the meeting site of the U.S. Congress when Philadelphia served as the temporary capital of the United States. Presidents Washington and Adams were both inaugurated into the presidency in this historic building
Follow the footsteps of Ben Franklin to Franklin Court! Once home to the famous founding father, you will see archeological and architectural remains as well as the world-famous "ghost house". Townhouse exhibits include an 18th century printing office and a working post office. Franklin Court is located just 3 blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
Carpenter's Hall stands as a treasure in historic Philadelphia. It hosted the first Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Franklin's Library Company, the American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks in the United States. Visitors come from world-wide to explore the rich history and wonderful architecture of this 18th century Georgian building.
The well-known and loved story of Betsy Ross sewing the first Stars and Stripes, woven into the colorful fabric of America's rich history that originated in Philadelphia. The Betsy Ross House, birthplace of the American flag, is alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Learn about Betsy and her exciting life and times through interactive displays.
Christ Church, founded in 1695, is a wonderful place to explore Colonial and Revolution-Era history. It was the first parish of the Church of England in Pennsylvania and is the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church. The church's burial ground is the final resting place for many prominent leaders in American history, including Benjamin Franklin and four signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Elfreth's Alley is the oldest residential street in the nation! A trip to Philadelphia just isn't complete without a stroll through this historic alley. Elfreth's Alley was once home to the 18th century artisans and tradespeople who were the backbone of colonial Philadelphia. Homes are meticulously restored to offer a glimpse into the life of 18th century American colonists.
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