Only a two-hour train ride from New York, Philadelphia makes for a great weekend escape on beautiful September and October days. Philadelphia is a must-see city for its rich history and culture, but also for its more laid-back lifestyle. Come to Philadelphia to discover the early history of the United States, to discover the European-like small city vibe, to discover the famous South Street with its boutiques and alternative culture. From BYO’s to the famous Steven Starr restaurants, Philadelphia has a fantastic restaurant scene worth exploring, too. Our favorite season to visit this city is in the Fall. There’s nothing like a brisk walk around Philadelphia the autumn, when colorful trees enchant this lovely city.
Day Trips From Philadelphia
Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge Park
About an hour north west of central Philadelphia is Valley Forge Park where you can visit Washington’s Headquarters, also known as Isaac Pott’s house. Built around 1773, George Washington made his headquarters here during the encampment at Valley Forge of the Continental Army between December 1777 and June 1778. The historical monument is open to the public and the Valley Forge Park itself is worth a wander.
Strasburg Rail Road
Enjoy a 45-minute roundtrip ride through the peaceful Amish Countryside on America’s oldest operating railroad. This is a unique opportunity to ride a real steam railroad and discover Lancaster farm countryside.
Go back into time two hours away in one of the largest Amish communities in the country. You will be amazed to discover the Amish culture that has hardly changed in the last 300 years. You can visit farmhouses, local schools, go on buggy rides, and even stay with an Amish family overnight.
Nemours Mansion and Gardens
Built to resemble a French château, the Nemours Mansion and Gardens is a 300-acre country estate with a jardin à la française formal gardens and a classical French mansion in Wilmington, Delaware. Come here to visit the mansion’s rare French 18th-century furniture and eclectic antique collection, and the stunning landscape gardens, which will make you think you are in Versailles.
National Aquarium in Baltimore
About a two hour journey from Philadelphia, the National Aquarium offers a three-hour showcase with close to 20,000 animals, including birds, frogs, sharks, dolphins and jellies.
Historic Ships in Baltimore
One of the most impressive collections of military vessels in the world, these historic ships are part of a maritime museum located in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland.
Beaches on the New Jersey Shore
The south New Jersey coastline is home to some of the best and most beautiful beaches in the country attracting hundreds of thousands visitors each summer.