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Side Trips from Philadelphia Travel Guide

Plan Your Side Trips from Philadelphia Vacation

It's easy to expand your view of the Philadelphia area by taking one or more day trips to destinations that are within an hour's drive of the city. Head southwest, and in 30 minutes you can be immersed in a whole new world—or make that "worlds."

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Brandywine River Museum The work of iconic American painter Andrew Wyeth, as well as that of his illustrator father, N. C. Wyeth, and son, Jamie, is celebrated at this museum.
  2. Longwood Gardens The internationally renowned gardens and conservatories are worth a visit any time of the year.
  3. From farm to table Enjoy a gourmet lunch in the homey Talula's Table in Kennett Square or stock up on provisions for a picnic lunch or supper.
  4. American History lesson Valley Forge, the site of the American revolutionary force's difficult encampment in the winter of 1777, is now a lovely park with miles of walking and jogging trails.
  5. One man's treasure The collection of American furniture and objects amassed by Henry Francis du Pont at Winterthur offers a window on the nation's past through design.

When To Go

When to Go

Each season provides plenty of reasons to visit this area, which is about 45 minutes' to an hour's drive from Center City Philadelphia. Spring and sum...

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