From the faux Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas to the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, Big Bus Tours provides a smooth ride to some of the most famous landmarks in the world. Live guides and recorded commentary provide insight into historic places such as the Tower of London and the Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong, and popular attractions such as Miami's Art Deco district. The hop-on, hop-off system allows travelers to enter and exit the open double-decker buses at their leisure, stopping at restaurants to sample the local cuisine, at local boutiques to pick up souvenirs, and at shopping malls to observe the interactions of teenagers and their natural enemy: the security guard.
The Pittsburgh Tour Company's guides cart guests around on classic red double-decker buses straight out of London. These experienced guides divulge interesting factoids along the tour's 21 stops, which include a fish market, Heinz Field, and the city’s depository of old chewing gum that has been scraped off school desks. The company's fleet of four buses offers up the chance to view the city from the second story of closed or open bus tops.
The showroom at Vespa of Philadelphia is a scooter enthusiast's dream. Classic and modern Vespa models sit alongside Piaggio scooters and motorbikes. Some are for rent. Some are for sale. Some just rolled in to visit their friends. The friendly staffers help guests select the right model, though not before they pour some complimentary espresso. As further evidence of their scooter knowledge, Vespa of Philadelphia's team also runs a Vespa- and Piaggo- certified service center. Here, techs change oil, make repairs, and prep scooters for winter.
Though they welcome clients of all ages into their fitness facility, Fouad “Fred” Jaroudi and his staff at Community Health Center specialize in exercise for ages 35 and older using the second floor’s passive workout machines. Downstairs, younger visitors hook up their music while using more-intensive weight machines, treadmills, and free weights along with a punching bag and speed bag.
Central Parking of Pennsylvania is but one branch of a nationwide business that stations cars in more than 1.2 million spaces throughout 2,500 garages. The coveted spots are located in the heart of each city near renowned hotels and destinations, housing rides near Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena or the salsa-dancing shadow of Sylvester Stallone that still shades a famous set of Philadelphian steps. Commuters snag discounts on Zipcars, which take up residence in more than 100 of the parking facilities.
At Champion Elite Detailing, certified and licensed staff members purge automobiles during interior and exterior detailing services. They're well versed in handling luxury vehicles, and go about their jobs with tools including paint sealant, horsehair brushes, and instruments that help eliminate unwanted window tinting, odor, and pet hair.