By Jay Lloyd


By Jay Lloyd


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Big cities are among the most popular summer destination hot spots.  And a surefire way to find your way around a strange, bustling city is to start with a tour bus.

Double-deckers are a great way to go.  London made them famous, but most big towns have adopted them like pet pooches.  Riders have views unobstructed by traffic and can better place street signs with landmark attractions.

A 24-hour ticket, where available for “hop on, hop off” service, is the best way to learn a city and its attractions during the first day in town.  When you see something of interest, get off.  Then get back on a later bus to resume your survey.  Follow along with a map to plan the rest of your visit.

If it weren’t for tour buses, my wife and I would never have found Fiesole, a beautiful village overlooking a fertile valley and the city of Florence.  In Barcelona, it was Monjuic.  In Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse.  You get the idea.

Closer to home, New York’s red double-deckers are all over town.  Try ‘em, you’ll like ‘em!

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