What are the best day trips near Philadelphia?

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Melissa Greiner

Looking to enjoy even more time in the Philadelphia area? Rent a car for the day and explore what's hiding just beyond the city limits.
To the north of Philadelphia lies Bucks County, rolling hills and open countryside only 30 minutes from the skyscrapers. You could fill a day simply driving down unmarked roads and stumbling upon farms and orchards, but point your GPS in the direction of adorable New Hope. Nestled on the Delaware River, this town is the definition of charming. B&Bs, cafes, art galleries, and tony boutiques lines the roads, while music halls and bars flll up the evening.
Head east from town about an hour and come face-to-face with the Jersey Shore. A beloved destination for locals, the South Shore area starts at Atlantic City and stetches into the dolphin-populated bay of Cape May. Each shore point has it's own personality, from family-friendly Ocean City to retro Wildwood to refined Stone Harbour. But all offer warm sand and crashing waves...and a taste of shore specialties like salt water taffy.
South of the city sits the Brandywine Valley, a tree-dotted area that is home to wineries, art galleries, historical sites, and the famous Longwood Gardens. Start your day by strolling the massive site (1,000+ acres) and its meticulous gardens, fountian shows, and peaceful vistas. Nearby hamlets like Kennett Square and Chadds Ford offer up local eating and quaint atmosphere to rest your tired feet. 

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