Best Weekend Trips
from Philadelphia, PA

Fodor's recommends the best weekend getaway ideas near Philadelphia, PA. Our itineraries include romantic, beach, and shopping getaway experiences.

  • Photo of Annapolis
    Annapolis

    Tucked away on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, this down-to-earth Maryland waterfront town perfectly blends the old world (think Naval Academy tall ships parading down the bay) with the new school (the local cuisine and shopping rival anything you can find back home).

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    • Distance: 128 miles
    • Best Time: April to October
    • Best for: Girl's Getaway Romantic Food and Wine
  • Photo of Atlantic City
    Atlantic City

    Atlantic City is on the rise again, after years of ups and downs. Innovative restaurants and boutique hotels now line the famous Boardwalk, including the glittering new Revel Resort. Rediscovering AC today taps into the simple pleasures of the past: endless food and games against a gorgeous ocean backdrop.

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    • Distance: 62 miles
    • Best Time: March to November
    • Best for: Arts and Culture Food and Wine Beaches
  • Photo of Baltimore
    Baltimore

    First-time visitors to Baltimore may think of it as a gritty, industrial hub, but this city on the Chesapeake Bay is actually an up-and-coming arts capital in its own right. Take a break from the usual to experience the sometimes kitschy, delightfully quirky, and frequently mind-blowing cultural offerings of Charm City.

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    • Distance: 101 miles
    • Best Time: Year Round; June to August
    • Best for: Girl's Getaway Romantic Arts and Culture
  • Photo of Bucks County and Lambertville
    Bucks County and Lambertville

    Broadway hotshots discovered bucolic Bucks County in the 1930s. But the area attracted artists and craftsmen long before that. Idyllic villages, rolling hills, and covered bridges beckon, as does one of America's highest concentrations of antique stores.

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    • Distance: 46 miles
    • Best Time: Year Round; April to October
    • Best for: Arts and Culture Food and Wine Shopping
  • Photo of Cape May
    Cape May

    New Jersey's charming Cape May possesses a unique blend of history and natural beauty, from Victorian-era houses and hotels to windswept dunes and bordering marshlands. In a weekend, you can eat at exceptional restaurants, see a show, tour historic homes, bike, swim, bird-watch, and hike along white-sand beaches.

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    • Distance: 93 miles
    • Best Time: April to October
    • Best for: Romantic Arts and Culture Beaches
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