Philadelphia and Amish Country Bus Tour from New York City – CitySights NY
Philadelphia is one of the most important U.S. cities, historically speaking, and the CitySights NY Philadelphia and Amish Country Bus Tour is a fantastic way to see all the major sights.
The bus departs New York City at 7am and journeys 100 miles down through scenic New Jersey and Pennsylvania, arriving in Philadelphia at about 9am. Passengers will see one of Benjamin Franklin’s old haunts, Elfreth’s Alley, which is the oldest continuously populated street in the country. Another stop is Constitution Hall, where the founding fathers put their John Hancocks on the Constitution.
Visitors may be surprised to see that the Liberty Bell – like many Hollywood actors – is a lot smaller than it appears in pictures. Still, weighing in at 2000 pounds, it’s a striking monument to liberty. On its way out of town, the bus swings by a more recent historical sight: the steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, better known as the steps Sylvester Stallone made famous in Rocky.
After the bus leaves the city behind, it heads into Amish country for lunch. The Amish call themselves a “plain” people, but their food is delicious and unprocessed, and their way of life, a charming throwback to a simpler time. After lunch, it’s time for a buggy ride where the Amish way of life is explained. Depending on their sect, some have no running water, most aren’t allowed to drive or own a car, and the majority have no modern appliances in their homes (though you will occasionally see an Amish person using a cellphone).
After that full day, it’s back to the bus and home to New York City by early evening.
The buses make a number of rest stops at restaurants, where food is available for purchase and consumption on the bus. There is a lunch break (not included in the ticket price) at an Amish marketplace.
Twelve hours, depending on traffic
Did you know?
While Old Order Amish people are forbidden to own or drive cars, they can accept rides from non-Amish folks.
There were lots of mini-cracks leading up to it, but the final widening of the Liberty Bell’s famous schism occurred in 1846, on George Washington’s birthday.
William Penn founded Philadelphia in 1682, and from 1790 to 1800, it was our nation’s capital.
Never photograph an Amish person without their permission as it goes against their religion. Plenty will let you take the photo, as long as you don’t include their face in the picture.
Day-tripping history buffs will love seeing where the founding fathers signed the Constitution and the famous Liberty Bell. Amateur anthropologists will appreciate the peek into the mysterious Amish lifestyle.
Good for kids?
Kids of all ages will love the horse and buggy ride, though the long bus trip may be a bit much for very young children.
Philadelphia and Amish Country Bus Tour from New York City – CitySights NY Location Information:
777 8th Avenue between 47th and 48th Street
New York, NY 10169
4, 5, 6, 7, S to Grand Central/42nd St. (between Park and Lexington Aves.)