I love Hop On-Hop Off Bus Tours. You see the all the highlights of the city on the scheduled routes, stopping off to visit an attraction, then catch another bus tour with your same ticket and head for your next attraction. Do this in any city you travel to that has Hop On-Hop Off busses before you start trekking or taking a taxi from one attraction to the next. You will be glad you did.
Last May, I had a group on American Cruise Lines that began in Alexandria, VA and finished in Philadelphia, PA. We came in a few days early and stayed at the Hampton Inn in Alexandria. I hired a mini-bus to take us to D.C. where we were dropped off at Union Station. Outside the station, we bought tickets for the Hop On-Hop Off Bus tour. It was great. I've been to the city many times and hired private tours. However, I really feel that doing the bus tour was even better because we could get off where we liked, stay as long as we wish and then "jump" on another Hop On-Hop Off bus to the next attraction on our list. I highly recommend this for visitors. Taxis are expensive and sometimes difficult to get. You'll save money and time by using these bus tours.
I must admit that it can be hot in the summer when seated in the upper level and not good in the rain. You can sit on the first level however, it's not the same view that you get from the top deck.
For those who cannot walk up the stairs to the top level, at least there are windows for sightseeing on the first level.
Hint: When you get back on the bus, you have to continue the route on the tour so allow enough time for your return. It's difficult to hail a taxi to return to your original destination. At Union Station, there is a waiting line for cabs. The line goes pretty quick. Of course, this depends when you are in D.C. Oh...I don't want to forget to mention the Postal Museum across from the station. It's worth the time for a visit.
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