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Mar 1, 2013 - Passing the time in Philadelphia

As the birthplace of the United States, Philadelphia is perhaps most famous for its significant historic sites. But heritage is not all that the City of Brotherly Love offers rental bus visitors.  As the sixth-largest city in the country, Philadelphia is a diverse place with a charming mix of new and old that is best visited with a bus, charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus rented from Bus Company Philadelphia.  In between the requisite trips to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, rental bus visitors can take pleasure in the world-class museums, delicious local cuisine and quaint public parks.

Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are iconic symbols of America’s struggle for independence from British rule, and they rank high on the list of Philadelphia’s attractions for rental bus visitors.  Both are located within Independence National Historical Park, which lies in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, close to Society Hill and Penn’s Landing.  Rental bus tourists can begin their visit at the Independence Visitors Center, where they can view short films and exhibits to help them better understand the history surrounding these sites.  America’s founding fathers debated and adopted the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution in Independence Hall.  The nearby Liberty Bell Center houses the historic bell, which was cast in London for use in Pennsylvania’s new State House but has emerged as an enduring symbol of America’s quest for freedom from foreign rule.

Rental bus visitors with a little time to spare can hop on the 90-minute guided trolley for a tour that hits 20 of the city's hot spots, including the Liberty Bell, South Street, Penn's Landing, Chinatown, City Hall, and the Art Museum.  Get on and off the trolley at whim and purchase a ticket at any one of the stops or at the Independence Visitor Center, the tour's official starting point.  The trolley guides are knowledgeable and good-humored, and always have  some fascinating tidbits about Philly.  The ticket even includes a free transfer for a 40-minute excursion that takes rental bus visitors all around Fairmount Park, the largest urban park in the country, which houses the Japanese House & Garden, the Horticultural Center and seven beautifully restored 18th and 19th century mansions, once home to prominent Philadelphians.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art ranks high among the world’s great art museums but perhaps ironically, the steps leading up to the museum are more widely known to rental bus visitors than the museum itself.  Used as a backdrop for a scene from the film “Rocky” in which the title character runs up and down the museum’s exterior steps for exercise, the museum commemorates this cinematic feat with a statue of the fictional Rocky Balboa is located just to the right of those famous steps.  Inside, the museum houses collections totaling more than 225,000 artifacts that chronicle the evolution of human arts and crafts from ancient civilizations to the present.  In addition to major rotating exhibitions, the museum is home to a remarkable permanent collection of artwork that includes 15th-century illuminated manuscripts, Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs and pieces by Pablo Picasso.

If you’re passing through Philadelphia on a rental bus, make sure it’s one of Bus Company Philadelphia's range of fully equipped, stylish and comfortable rental buses from their fleet of rental vehicles which can cater to any size group.