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 summer bring a Technicolor display of flowers at Longwood and verdant green to the Brandywine Valley countryside and Valley Forge National Park. The chance to witness some spectacular fall foliage and crisper weather is a compelling case for an autumnal visit, although the spectacular holiday light show at Longwood and the chance to relax by a cozy fire at a charming inn are reason enough to come during the cold-weather months. You can easily make day trips here from the city, but be sure to avoid traveling west on Interstate 76, and to a lesser extent, south on Interstate 95, during rush hour. Weekends, spring through fall, tend to be the busiest season for visitors.