Sponsor Content

Dreaming of a Day Trip? Here Are 8 Nearby Destinations to Inspire Your Planning

Photo Credit: Getty Images

At this point, you’re probably eager to get back out there as soon as possible, even if you can’t leave home just yet. So what can you do besides stare at your desktop wallpaper and dream? Get planning! If you’re hesitant to include long-distance travel in your plans, these short trips make planning a vacation easy, while supporting the regional economy and taking advantage of all that Pennsylvania and New Jersey have to offer, from scenic nature trails to historic sites and more. Start planning a safe, fun vacation today with these easy-to-reach locales.

Bucks County

Bucks County offers scenic countrysides, history, the arts, downtown charm, miles of vineyards, gourmet dining, small-town main streets, award-winning accommodations, Ale and Sweet Spot Trails and family-friendly attractions, like Sesame Place in Philadelphia. Ideally located 25 miles from Philadelphia, explore the bucolic area known as Bucks County through virtual and 3D tours. 215-639-0300, visitbuckscounty.com


Valley Forge

Plan your getaway to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, just minutes from Philadelphia. From world-class shopping and a vibrant arts scene, to iconic historical sites and culinary offerings, explore everything Montco has to offer. 610-834-1550, valleyforge.org

Photo Credit: Mandy Cashman

Lancaster County

You may think you know all that Lancaster has to offer, but the reality is so much more. There’s more experiences to discover, and new traditions to create. With everything from family attractions, Amish farmlands, to downtown energy and vibrant artistry, not to mention exceptional food and drink, the vigorous outdoors and distinctive shopping, the possibilities are endless. Check out their first-class lodging and visit soon! 1-800-PA-DUTCH, discoverlancaster.com

The Wildwoods, New Jersey

During these challenging times, the Wildwoods will be ready and excited to welcome visitors back. With their award-winning beaches, 160-plus events and festivals, and a world-famous Boardwalk with amusement rides, waterparks, shops, arcades, games, eateries and a family-friendly atmosphere, the Wildwoods are the best family vacation value at the Jersey Shore. 800-992-9732, wildwoodsnj.com

Happy Valley

Whether you hope to wander through delightful towns, reconnect with nature, or do a bit of both, Happy Valley is the place—closer than you think, and more affordable. 814-231-1400, happyvalley.com

Chestnut Hill

Wishing you could stroll along Germantown Avenue this spring while visiting your favorite Chestnut Hill shops and restaurants and bars? Stay home and stay safe. Sit back and let Philadelphia’s Garden District come to you. More than 20 restaurants are offering delicious take-out and delivery options, and more than 30 of the distinctive shops have convenient online ordering, pickup and delivery options. (215) 247-6696, chestnuthillpa.com

Pocono Mountains

Just a short drive from Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains is home to everything from state and national parks, where you can hike to spectacular waterfalls, to great family resorts and indoor water-parks. All four seasons have something for everyone, including winter sports, camping, charming downtowns, antiquing and a full calendar of festivals showcasing heritage, music and food. Follow @PoconoTourism! 570-421-5791, poconomountains.com

Frederick County, Maryland

Plan your next getaway to nearby hip and historic Frederick, Maryland. Indulge in a variety of restaurants, embrace the lively and diverse arts scene and explore dozens of specialty shops. Experience the storied past at Civil War battlefields and relax at wineries, breweries and distilleries. Stroll along Carroll Creek Park in Downtown Frederick and venture outdoors in national and state parks. 301-633-3757, visitfrederick.org