5 Best Summer Getaways near Philadelphia

5 Best Summer Getaways near Philadelphia

Summer is finally here! The season for barbecues on your deck, taking late-night strolls on the city streets and hitting up your favorite outdoor venues around Philadelphia. During the next few months, you also may be looking to get away for a few days with your family and friends. For Philadelphia homeowners, there are numerous destinations within reach that are perfect for a three-day weekend or a longer summer vacation, whether your tastes tend toward coastal excursions, outdoor adventures, or attractions that entertain all ages.

Where Should I Go for Summer Vacation in PA?

When you are considering the best places to visit in Pennsylvania or nearby states, your top selections depend on how much time you have to travel, who you’re traveling with, and your idea of fun and relaxing. To help you start planning your ideal Pennsylvania vacation for this summer, here are a few of our favorite destinations to add to your list of ideas:

1. Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania

Pine Creek State Park mountains with fog and greenery with photo by Philadelphia Magazine

Pine Creek Gorge, sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, is about 3.5 hours from Philadelphia. This natural wonder encompasses a 47-mile-long canyon within the Tioga State Forest, which is a protected park. At some points, the canyon reaches depths of 1,450 feet, creating a breathtaking view. In 1968, the National Park Service designated a 12-mile section of the gorge as a National Natural Landmark. During the summer, the park is a popular spot for camping, fishing, and hiking. Once it gets later in the year, consider making another trip to the gorge to enjoy the fall foliage.

2. New Hope, Pennsylvania

New hope, PA line of shops and businesses with pride flag - photo by Visit Bucks County

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway in PA with friends or your partner, consider New Hope, Pennsylvania, a quaint town in Bucks County along the Delaware River. During your stay, you can wander down the charming Main Street and visit antique stores and boutique shops. Take in a performance at Bucks County Playhouse. Go tubing or kayaking on the Delaware River, which is known for its gentle current. The town of New Hope is brimming with nature,  riverbank attractions, and locomotive train history, as well as dozens of bed and breakfasts, cute shops, and gourmet restaurants that feature locally grown produce and artisan foods.

3. Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey, PA amusement park with grassy field and red flowers - photo by AACA Museum

If your idea of summer fun includes roller coasters and delicious goodies, Hershey, Pennsylvania, may just be the ideal destination for your three-day weekend or summer getaway. The town is an approximately three-hour drive from Philadelphia, with scenic views along the way. Hershey itself, touted as “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” is home to Hershey’s Chocolate World and Hersheypark—a combination of a theme park and a museum with interesting attractions and exciting rides. When you’ve learned about the history of chocolate-making and ridden roller coasters to your heart’s delight, stop by the gorgeous 23-acre Hershey Gardens or ZooAmerica for an added experience.

4. Cape May, New Jersey

Colorful homes along the beach of Cape May, NJ - photo by PlanetWare

What’s more appropriate for summer vacation than escaping to the seaside? With Cape May, New Jersey being located less than two hours away from Philadelphia, you’re in luck. Cape May is a far cry from the rowdy reputation the Jersey shore has developed over the past decade. This city and seaside resort at the tip of southern New Jersey’s Cape May Peninsula is known for its pristine beaches, rich history, and architectural diversity. You can stay in a hotel, bed, and breakfast or guest house, or go camping. Poverty Beach, at the end of Beach Avenue, is a go-to spot for surfing, searching for shells, or dipping your feet in the Atlantic Ocean. Plus, there tends to be fun events happening at shops and attractions on the peninsula throughout the summer.

5. Skytop Lodge, Pennsylvania

Skytop Lodge closeup with garden path - photo by Pocono Mountains

Skytop Lodge, in the Poconos, is one of the most beautiful places in Pennsylvania and a prime location for both relaxation and adventure. Described as a “5,500-acre playground,” you can hit the links for a round of golf, go hiking on one of several trails that vary in distance and difficulty, or go to the Adventure Center for archery, paintball, and a Treetop Adventure Course. When you’re done playing, treat yourself to a back massage or facial at The Nest at Skytop, a boutique oasis nestled on the fifth floor of the historic lodge. There are plenty of onsite dining destinations, though you’re also free to explore the surrounding Pocono Mountains region. 

The Best of Philadelphia Living

Summer is the perfect season to reconnect with family, take time for rest and relaxation, and explore the city of Philadelphia and surrounding regions. While you’re enjoying some time off, let our team at Bellweather Design-Build help you with home remodeling projects to get your residence ready for the seasons and years ahead. Contact us today to get started.


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