Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Philadelphia

If the City of Brotherly Love has started to feel more to you like the City of Annoying Little Brothers, then it might be time to pack up your go-bag and take a weekend away. And with so many excellent destinations just a short drive from the Philadelphia area, a no-stress vacation is never more than a few hours away. Here are our picks for the top five small-town getaways from Philadelphia.

A strip of beach houses along Ocean City, Maryland

1. The Poconos, Pennsylvania

Get your waterfall on at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where you can hike to Raymondskill Falls and Dingmans Falls, the two largest waterfalls in the state. After your hike, stop by the Lakota Wolf Preserve to learn more about one of nature’s most elusive predators.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Stroudsburg Bartonsville

2. Ocean City, Maryland

A quintessential East Coast beach town, Ocean City gives you plenty of options to play in the surf and sand, or soak in the sun along the miles of shop-lined wooden boardwalks. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in local seafood with a water view at restaurants like Hooked, On The Bay, or Longboard Café.

Where To Stay: Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites

3. Hershey, Pennsylvania

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you won’t be able to resist this family-friendly vacation destination. Aside from the eponymous amusement park, visitors can also peruse the well-manicured Hershey Gardens or learn about the history of the chocolate making process at the Hershey Story Museum.

Where To Stay: Tru by Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue

4. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

When you tire of the expansive sandy beaches (is that even possible?!), head slightly inland for unbeatable bird watching along the trails at Gordons Pond, then retire to the Revelation Craft Brewing Company for beer samplers on the patio.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Rehoboth Beach

5. Annapolis, Maryland

For a little retail therapy, stroll along the Historic District where you’ll find a wealth of old row houses that have been converted into shops, boutiques, and galleries. Of, for a less commercial endeavor, spend an afternoon exploring the gardens, ponds and natural landscapes at the 300+ acre Quiet Waters Park.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown

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