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Best Philadelphia Day Trips After Leaving the Democratic National Convention

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | July 28, 2016

Best Philadelphia Day Trips After Leaving the Democratic National Convention

PHOTO: Longwood Gardens (courtesy Thinkstock) 

As the convention wraps up, why not use some of those vacation days you’ve been stockpiling to explore beyond Philadelphia and check out any of the many lovely regions of Pennsylvania. From whitewater rafting to touring television studios, there is a lot more to love than just the major metropolis that was home to the Democratic National Convention. 

Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers

Get your adventure on after the nominations. Go whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River in the Poconos. There are a variety of adventure options from which to choose, from the family-friendly Class I and II rapids to paddle and pellets, or paddle and pedals packages that include rafting with paintball or biking as well.

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Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site 

This is the site of the largest land battle of the American Revolution. There is a museum, guided tours, a museum shop, hiking, picnic spots and more. There are also a variety of events throughout the year, including reenactments. 

Longwood Gardens

Located in Chester County, Longwood Gardens is a place of beauty with one-of-a-kind events, concerts, cuisine and more. It is one of the premier horticultural showplaces in the world with more than 1,000 acres of woodlands, gardens and fountains.

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Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park

Glide through a limestone cave in Central Pennsylvania. The cavern tour is a one-hour motorboat ride through this underground stream. You can include the 1,500 acres of Penn’s Cave forest for a 90-minute tour, which is a natural habitat for birds, plants and animals. 

QVC Studio Tour

Perhaps you’ve heard of studio tours such as Universal, Warner Brothers and Pinewood, but QVC – yes the shopping channel – also offers studio tours at its U.S. headquarters, which happen to be just outside of Philadelphia. Visitors get behind-the-scenes access on a variety of tours, including the studio walking tour, the behind-the-scenes tour, a tour that includes off-limits portions of the studio area and all-access tour, with visits to the Talent Service Center, the Green Room and more.

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