Top Scenic Drives Near Philadelphia

October 10, 2015 8:00 AM

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Whether it is a warm summer day, a fall foliage trip or a winter wonderland trip, a scenic drive is a perfect way to spend the day. Take some time to get out of the big bad city and take in some of Pennsylvania and South Jersey’s most picturesque landscapes. Scenic drives can be found in and out of the city. Check out the list of the top scenic drives with the most beautiful views of nature, historic landmarks and quaint towns.
I-95 To Route 232 North In New Hope
Pennypack Park
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 934-7275
www.visitnewhope.com

Not only is New Hope one of the most charming places to visit in Pennsylvania, the drive from Philadelphia is very scenic and breathtaking at times. New Hope is located 40 miles outside of the city and the trip includes country roads and covered bridges. The farmland can run for miles along the banks of the Delaware River.  Enjoy a stroll through New Hope while browsing through the many antique shops.

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I-76 To Route 30 To Lancaster County
Lancaster County, PA
(800) 723-8824
www.padutchcountry.com

Amish Country in Lancaster, PA is one of the most popular tourist spots in Pennsylvania. The journey to Lancaster from Philadelphia can be quite picturesque. Along the way many antique shops, farm stands and delicious Dutch food can be found. Driving on Route 78 is the best bet for the most scenic drive. Coming across a horse-drawn Amish buggy is a sure thing.

Kelly Drive/Lincoln Drive To Chestnut Hill
Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 683-3600
www.fairmountpark.org

One of the most scenic drives through Fairmount Park is along Kelly Drive and Lincoln Drive. Follow Kelly Drive while traveling parallel to the Schuylkill River. Watch the rowers competing on the River and enjoy the many bridges and foliage along the way. Continue the journey up Lincoln Drive where the park continues and so does the beauty. Gorgeous babbling Wissahickon creek will follow the journey during most of the drive. End the ride in Chestnut Hill; one of Philadelphia’s most charming neighborhoods.

Delaware River Scenic Drive: Interstate 95 To Easton
Taylorsville, PA
www.trails.com

Follow the Delaware River on this scenic drive to Easton, PA. Along the way, such landmarks as the spot where George Washington crossed the Delaware River in 1776 can be found. Take in beautiful fields, forests, historic homes and villages from the 19th century. This is a memorable journey not to be missed.

Related: Top Day Trips From Philadelphia

Pine Barrens Byway
South Jersey Region
www.state.nj.us

The Pine Barrens are 1.1 million acres of beautiful forestry that can be found in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Barrens that travel through the South Jersey region is home to some of the most scenic landscapes found on the East coast. Wondering why New Jersey is called the Garden State? The Pine Barrens would be the reason. Make the journey long or short; The Pine Barrens offers the most exquisite nature journey with animals and foliage that is indigenous to the area.

Christina Thompson is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. She reports on various topics such as: Social Media, Local Events, Entertainment, Food and Drink and more. Her work can be found at http://firstsendmedia.com/