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Five ultimate road trips from Philadelphia



After a long winter (and, let’s face it, a long year!), Philadelphians are feeling the itch to hit the road and get out of town. Luckily, the region is filled with accessible options ranging from one to five hours away. Pack your bags, choose a podcast, and get ready to spend the weekend at one of these wonderful destinations! 

Lancaster

You may associate Lancaster with farms, windmills and horse and buggy transportation. That would be accurate, since Lancaster is located in the heart of Amish Country! However, Downtown Lancaster is exploding with international restaurants, cafes, craft breweries and distilleries, and so much more. Book a quaint Airbnb for far less than you’d spend in any of the other cities on this list, and sink your dollars into the plethora of local businesses. Don’t miss: Trinidadian food at Callaloo, cocktails at Thistle Finch Distillery, and coffee at Square One.  

New York City

If there’s ever been a time to brave the streets of New York by car, it’s now. With less traffic than usual, you’ll navigate with ease and may even luck out with some street parking! Hotel rates are about as wallet-friendly as they could possibly be for New York, so book that weekend away. Don’t miss: Korean barbecue at Dons Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar, Himalayan art at The Rubin Museum, and cocktails at Amor y Amargo

Cape May

This relaxing shore town brings all of the charm, with Victorian homes dotting the landscape. Enjoy everything from relaxing walks on the beach and whale watching tours, to live theatre and local vineyards. There’s something for everyone as long as your only goal is to unwind. Don’t miss: sticky buns from Madison’s Bakery, craft beer from Cape May Brewing Company, and frozen custard from Kohr Brothers.  

Washington, DC

Spring is arguably the best time to visit the nation’s capital, with cherry blossoms and other seasonal flora in bloom. Take a stroll along the National Mall and bring a blanket for a picnic at the Tidal Basin. Finish your day with dinner and drinks at The Wharf, which is exploding with exciting new businesses. Don’t miss: hearty sandwiches from Duke’s Grocery, treasure hunting at Miss Pixie’s, and dinner on the patio at Chloe.   

Pittsburgh

Although the farthest destination on this list, Pennsylvania’s second largest city is one you do not want to miss. Pittsburgh boasts more bridges than any other city in the world and, with loads of trails and parks, you’ll get plenty of steps in during your visit. This is a good thing, as the dining scene is filled with local gems. Don’t miss: pierogi at S&D Polish Deli, homemade pasta (with gluten-free options!) at DiAnoia’s Eatery, and a plethora of PA-made spirits all under one roof at Pennsylvania Libations.  

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