Best Road Trips From Philadelphia

While there is so much going on in Philadelphia, venture out to enjoy sparkling coastlines, big city metropolises, and historic drives into the nation's past.

Top Road Trip Destinations From Philadelphia

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Aerial view of the Central park in New York.

New York

🚗 96 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 10 minutes

You can expect a scenic journey from Philadelphia to New York City, where iconic landmarks and world-class museums await you in this bucket-list city.

Niagara Falls Hornblower Cruise Boat Approaching Waterfall Under a Perfectly Arched Rainbow

🚗 415 miles ⏱️ 7 hours

Take on an unforgettable journey from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls, where you will experience jaw-dropping beauty at the world's most iconic waterfalls.

Kaaterskill falls waterfall in the New York Catskill mountains

Catskill Mountains

🚗 220 miles ⏱️ 4 hours

Venture from Philadelphia to the stunning Catskill Mountains, where lush landscapes and outdoor adventures greet you. A retreat away from the city hustle and bustle.

The Chicago River and downtown Chicago skyline USA


🚗 770 miles ⏱️ 12 hours

An epic road trip from Philadelphia to Chicago, leads you to a Windy City dotted with iconic architecture, renowned museums, and vibrant culture.

Landscape of The area around Long Pine Reservoir in Michaux State Forest in Central Pennsylvania

Michaux State Forest

🚗 150 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 50 minutes

You can enjoy pretty and peaceful woodlands, scenic trails, and wildlife aplenty when you heads towards Michaux State Forest.

Cave stalactites, stalagmites, and other formations at Luray Caverns, Virginia.

Shenandoah National Park

🚗 230 miles ⏱️ 4 hours, 10 minutes

Embark on a scenic journey from Philadelphia to Shenandoah National Park, with stunning views and scenery. Head in Spring when the cascading waterfalls and wildflowers emerge.

Montreal, Canada with the city skyline in the background and a yacht in the foreground in the Lachine Canal taken on a sunny day.

🚗 590 miles ⏱️ 10 hours, 25 minutes

This exciting road takes youo from Philadelphia to Montreal, a city packed with pretty streets, stores and eateries. A charming blend of French-Canadian culture.

Huge guitars at Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee

🚗 800 miles ⏱️ 12 hours

Take on a musical journey towards Nashville, where you'll discover live music venues, historic landmarks, and vibrant nightlife in the heart of country music.

Amish Farmer Baling Hay onto Wagon, Amish Country

🚗 60 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 40 minutes

Embark on a cultural adventure, where the simplicity of Amish life, pretty countryside, and delicious homemade treats are waiting!

The United States Capitol building in Washington DC at twilight

Washington, DC

🚗 140 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 45 minutes

From one historical city to another, make a visit to Washington, DC, and you can expect world-renowned sites including The White House and Lincoln Memorial.

Hershey smoke stacks in Hershey Pennsylvania


🚗 305 miles ⏱️ 5 hours, 15 minutes

Embark on a scenic drive from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, where you'll discover a blend of modern attractions, historic sites, and picturesque landscapes in the Steel City.

The Steel Pier at Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Jersey Shore

🚗 50 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 10 minutes

Fancy a coastal getaway? Then Jersey Shore promises sandy beaches, oceanfront attractions, and seaside charm along the beautiful Atlantic coastline.

Sunrise at the 15th Street Pier in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Virginia Beach

🚗 360 miles ⏱️ 5 hours, 45 minutes

If you are after a sunny seaside visit then venture to Virginia Beach. You can enjoy soaking up the sun, water sports, and explore vibrant boardwalks along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Boston Public Garden. George Washington Statue surrounded by tulips, tourists and beautiful spring colors.


🚗 420 miles ⏱️ 7 hours

Embark on a historical journey from Philadelphia to Boston, where you'll explore Revolutionary War sites, historic neighborhoods, and famous landmarks in one of America's oldest cities.

Frontenac Castle in Old Quebec City in the beautiful sunrise light.

🚗 620 miles ⏱️ 12 hours, 30 minutes

If you are looking for a city packed with European charm, historic architecture, and a vibrant French-Canadian culture, then head to Quebec City. North America's oldest walled city.

Adirondack chairs by Lake Champlain in New York State

Lake Champlain

🚗 430 miles ⏱️ 7 hours, 15 minutes

Take on a scenic drive from Philadelphia to Lake Champlain, where you'll discover pretty landscapes, charming waterfront towns, and outdoor adventures in the heart of the Adirondacks.

Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta during twilight hour after sunset


🚗 820 miles ⏱️ 13 hours

You can expect a Southern adventure as you head from Philadelphia to Atlanta. Enjoy sites ranging from Atlanta Botanical Garden to the World of Coca Cola.

Beach in Acadia National Park in autumn

🚗 580 miles ⏱️ 10 hours

Enjoy a coastal journey from Philadelphia to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, where you'll explore rugged landscapes and charming seaside towns in the northeastern corner of the United States.

An old, dark red locomotive pulls into the station at the New Hope Railroad, PA

New Hope

🚗 42 miles ⏱️ 48 minutes

Take on a short journey to New Hope, and you can expect a trip filled with eclectic shops, and riverside dining. Visit Bowman's Hill Tower for panoramic views of the Delaware River.

Kayakers in the Delaware River and Canoes and Rafts on the Shore at the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania


🚗 180 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 30 minutes

A visit to Callicoon from Philadelphia will deliver small-town experience with scenic views of the Delaware River, and the opportunity to fish and hike across the charming countryside.

Longer road trips from Philadelphia

Orlando, Florida, USA with the sun shining over Lake Eola park in Orlando.


🚗 1,110 miles ⏱️ 18 hours

Magical theme parks, sunny beaches, and unrivalled energy greet you in the heart of Central Florida.

Beautiful Crandon Park Beach in Miami. Florida.


🚗 1,300 miles ⏱️ 20 hours, 15 minutes

A coastal adventure in Miami, bursting with beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and exciting nightlife.

Streetcar in downtown New Orleans, USA at twilight

🚗 1,340 miles ⏱️ 22 hours, 30 minutes

Toe tap your way to New Orleans, to discover rich history and musical masterpieces in the birthplace of jazz and creole culture.