Itinerary: Philadelphia Countryside

Plan an extra day in Philadelphia and explore Longwood Gardens, one of the world's great horticultural displays.

Discover Philadelphia’s Countryside: Great Excursions

Located within driving distance of Philadelphia, the Brandywine Valley flaunts a rustically cultured vibe, packed with art, gardens, shopping, breweries and vineyards. Take the short trip to the countryside and you’ll be rewarded with rich, rolling hills, charming towns and an abundance of attractions.

Brandywine Valley

Explore the flora and fauna at Longwood Gardens, a world-renowned horticultural showplace, with over 1,000 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, dancing fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. 

Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, considered the mushroom capital of the world, cultivating 65 percent of America’s crop.

Stop by the Brandywine River Museum of Art, 45 minutes southwest of the city, for a look at the extensive collection of Wyeth family art.  The museum galleries are dedicated to the work of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth and offers American art with a special focus on artistic practice in the Brandywine valley. 

  • On display: Votes for Women: A Visual History, January 25, 2020 through April 19, 2020; The American Impressionists: Echoes of a Revolution, October 17, 2020 through January 10, 2021.

While in Chadds Ford, tour historic houses, three pre-Revolutionary buildings that are open to the public as museums, through the Chadds Ford Historical Society.  

Sample wines at Penns Wood Winery in Chadds Ford. The family-run winery also hosts a variety of mouthwatering events like wine and cupcake pairings and sangria tastings.

The 35-acre pleasure garden, Chanticleer, features lush courtyards of tropicals, perennials and containers, colorful cut-flower and vegetable garden, exotic woodlands ruin garden and ponds and water garden teeming with life.  

Learn about rotary-wing aircraft at the American Helicopter Museum, located in a 20,000 square-foot hangar in West Chester. Check out restored historic helicopters, including a V-22 Osprey, then hop in the pilot’s seat and run the controls yourself.

At QVC Studio Park, fans can be part of a live studio broadcast on a guided tour of the online shopping giant. After, shop the studio store.


Valley Forge

Take a trip to Valley Forge National Historic Park, site of the encampment of George Washington and the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-1778. Participate in one of the many guided tours available, or stop by General Washington’s headquarters.


Bucks County

Enjoy Bucks County, approximately one hour north of Center City, where old and new combine in effortless fashion. New Hope offers boutique shopping and sophisticated entertainment in a small-town setting. It also has many LGBT-owned shops and restaurants. Noteworthy art collections can be found at the nearby James A. Michener Art Museum.


Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Pennsylvania Dutch Country is 1.5 hours west of Philadelphia. Horse-drawn buggies on the side of the roads will signal your arrival. Learn about the traditional Amish lifestyle and take home a handmade quilt or apple butter.




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