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8 Destinations for a Weekend Getaway from Philadelphia this Summer

Are you looking to take a quick weekend trip outside of the city this summer? Philadelphia’s location makes it easy to get to great getaway destinations quickly by driving or taking a train. Let’s take a look at some options for your next trip!

1. The Jersey Shore

The beaches of New Jersey are just an hour and a half drive away. New Jersey has some of the most beautiful beach towns that are great for a day trip, weekend trip, a week long vacation or en entire summer. Each beach town has their own vibe and there are plenty of options to fine the one that fits what you’re looking for. Here’s a list of some great beach towns to check out in NJ: Avalon, Stone Harbor, Ocean City, Long Beach Island, Cape May, Belmar, Long Branch, Monmouth, Brigantine, Sea Isle City, Margate City, Ventnor City, Manasquan, and the list goes on.

2. Annapolis

Annapolis, Maryland’s capital city, is on Chesapeake Bay and it’s about two and a half hours from Philly. It’s a beautiful place with lots of history and beautiful architecture. The United States Naval Academy is here and there’s many monuments, museums, and more. All things point to the water in this area and you can walk around admiring the boats, get on a boat yourself, or just enjoy the bay breeze. Annapolis has been deemed the “Sailing Capital of America.” Their Main Street is one of the most charming streets you’ll ever see. It’s lined with quaint shops, cafes, great restaurants and lively bars. Whether you’re looking for an adventure on the water or a history lesson, this town is sure to keep you busy.

3. Delaware Beaches

Delaware also has some beautiful beaches to enjoy! They’re about two and a half to three hours from Philly. Some of the most well known beaches in Delaware are Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, and Fenwick Island.

4. The Poconos

Are you more of a mountain lover than a beach goer? The Poconos are a great option for you and they’re just under 3 hours from Philly. This beautiful region is great for hiking, finishing, canoeing, kayaking, golfing, whitewater rafting, bird watching, zip lining and more. The activities are endless in this area in the summer.

5. The Hamptons

Of course you can’t forget the beaches of New York! The Hamptons are a great destination for a summer getaway. It’s a bit of a longer trip - it’s about four and a half hours from Philly. However, it’s an experience unlike other beaches. It’s most commonly known for being a destination for affluent residents of New York City and even some celebrities. You’ll see mansions and real estate that will have your jaw dropping to the floor. Here you’ll find high end restaurants, bars and designer boutiques.

6. Washington D.C.

Take a trip to the nation’s capital! D.C. is about three hours from Philly and you can drive or take the train. You’ll find plenty of museums, historic sites, iconic buildings and charming neighborhoods. Hop on a bike and ride around the National Mall to see all the attractions like the White House, the Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, and more. Explore the beautiful neighborhoods like Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Adam’s Morgan and Capitol Hill. You could also go over to Virginia to explore Alexandria and Arlington.

7. New Hope

New Hope is a town in Bucks County that has been getting a lot of attention recently in publications. It’s only an hour from Philadelphia. It’s even become home to a few celebs. This scenic small town is adjacent to the Delaware River and it’s home to great shopping, riverside restaurants and cultural attractions. It has a lot of history that can be seen in the beautiful mansions and 18th century architecture. There’s a canal that runs through the heart of the town. There’s many adorable bed and breakfasts to enjoy a stay in this quaint town.

8. Nemacolin

Nemacolin is a luxury resort destination that sits on nearly 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania. The resort has 320 luxurious rooms that range from suites to townhouses to private homes. There’s a golf course, a spa, safari tours, zip lining, rock climbing, hiking trails and so much more. There’s 15 restaurants here so it really is like it’s own little town. Enjoy this beautiful oasis that’s just under five hours from Philly.


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