We've tried Hop-On-Hop-Off buses in other cities in order to get a lay of the land but these have typically been disappointing. You usually have to fight to get a seat on the top level, the information is usually pretty standard, and you might have to wait for a while to grab another bus to get to your next destination. This was our first time with a personalized driving tour and we are now hooked! We asked for an off-the-beaten track tour for a full day and so were able to see many parts of Philadelphia that the average tourist would likely not see. What a liveable city it seems to be with some great neighbourhoods!
We had the great luck to have Chris as our tour guide. We will echo the many positive reviews he has on Tripadvisor - not only was he extremely knowledgeable but he was also funny and very personable. Our 18 year old was able to chat with him just as easily as we did, which says something about Chris' ability to connect to people. But most of all, he is a native Philadelphian who clearly loves his city. We couldn't help but be infected by that attitude.
We spent 5 days in Philadelphia and now dying to go back. We'd certainly recommend Awfully Nice Tours to anyone who wants to get a real feel for the city. It's worth the money!
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