Listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” and hanging around the Liberty Bell and then probably running towards the Rocky Balboa statue will give you a classic Philly experience. But once in Philadelphia, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of your journey. One canexplore further. By this, I am not talking about heading out to New York or Vegas. That is essential. Yet in order to add on the vibes, you can head out, drive down to wonders that are located near this Pennsylvanian cosmopolis. These are the weekend getaways from Philadelphia.
Top 4 Most Popular Weekend Getaways from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Pocono Mountains
The Poconos is a perfect combo of lakes, mountains and valleys with picturesque scenes passing by as you traverse on open roads and highways crisscrossing each other. No one out here deserves to stay indoors as Pocono Mountains might be just one of the best outdoor venues in the States. There are casinos for trying out your luck and racing tracks which have hosted several tournaments like the NASCAR and IndyCar,but the real charm lies in travelling in the state parks and forest reserves. Get your camping kit together and pitch your temporary homes to have an unforgettable experience filled with trekking, fishing, rowing and hunting. Apart from that, a presence of hillocks and mountains like the Blue Mountain and Jack Forest Mountain (yes, the name itself is cool) offer facilities for skiing and snowboarding. You can spend one lazy weekend doing all of this here, at the Pocono Mountains.
Distance from the main city: 102 miles (1 hour 37 minutes)
Best time to visit: May to October (later winter months for skiing)
Places to stay: 1870 Roebling Inn, Academy Street, Baymont Inn, Whitewater Challengers (for adventure and camping)
Yes, this is the same Gettysburg that President Abe Lincoln mentioned in his speech and the same site of the historic battle in the American Civil War. Naturally, this makes Gettysburg a place of the symbol of rich American history. Your first stop should be Gettysburg National Military Park. Its landscapes are preserved as are membrance of the past and give an interesting glimpse of the clashes between the Union and Confederacy forces. From weapons to uniforms, several artefacts are stored in museums here,and the fallen heroes are also immortalized through the Gettysburg National Cemetery. The spirit of historical consciousness also raises excitement when you come to know there are several re-enactments of the war with volunteers dressed up like soldiers from the Northern and Southern states clashing against each other. And even the government ensures the same species of trees are planted in the area that stood their ground during the 19th century. On a lighter note, you can take the kids to the Lincoln Train Museum too which got rides and models dedicated to Hollywood stars and Western cowboys too.
Distance from themain city: 139 miles (2 hours 12 minutes)
Best time to visit: April-July (especially July for Civil War enactments and other events)
Places to stay: Hilton Garden Inn, The Swope Manor, Baladerry Inn, Battlefield Inn, James Gettys Hotel
Hershey, like the chocolates, is the very same city where the chocolate company was founded. So you are bound to love Hershey cos who doesn’t enjoy chocolates? A few miles away from Philadelphia, this town has been dubbed the “Chocolate town of USA” or the “Sweetest town on Earth”. The settlement got some fine golf courses if that’s your past time and a string of museums too like many other Pennsylvanian towns. The main highlight is still chocolate. A tour of the chocolate factories is a must. Watching Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses being made is an oddly satisfying activity. And if you are still not impressed and wish to have a Willy Wonka kind of chocolaty ride then walk on towards the set of chocolate-themed amusement parks and rides. Hershey’s Chocolate World, Hershey Park and a chocolate museum attract tons of tourists. There are futuristic car rides and virtual simulations of worlds made out of these milk products. In the end, the best thing is out here; you get to taste chocolate samples. Now if there is anything better than chocolate, it has got to be free chocolate!
Distance from the main city: 94.7 miles (1 hour 37 minutes)
Best time to visit: May and September
Places to stay: Days Inn, Super 8, Bluegreen vacation suites, Cocoa Motel
To end this list, we will head towards the capital city of this great nation. DC is a cultural, artistic, historical hotspot of the states. Pay a visit to Mr President’s residence (just hang out on the tourist spots in White House, not intending actually to meet him. Anyway, he doesn’t seem to be that friendly a chap. Cue laughs.) And then you can explore the other symbols of classic moments of the American past by gazing at the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial. Geeks and nerds would unite as the Smithsonian has about 19 museums in the city. They have the reputation of being the most beautifulcentres of art and culture. Talking about the arts, Washington is a hub for music and drama performers too. You catch a performance or two at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. If not these institutions with high sounding names, you can find out some great artists on the streets too while shopping.
Distance from the main city: 139 miles (2 hours 17 minutes)
Best time to visit: September to November, March to May
Places to stay: Hyatt Place, Georgetown Suites, AKA White House, Embassy Circle Guest House
So these were some magnificent sites in and around Pennsylvania and Philadelphia where you can head out and create new memories. You will feel historical; you will feel artsy; you will feel struck by the magic of Uncle Sam. Whether you head out to a chocolate world or the Capitol Hill, these getaways will fix up your weekend and mark a welcome change from the usual hustle and bustle of city life.