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Ryan hit the nail on the head by talking about Philadelphia's central location in the Northeastern US. NYC and DC are each just short car rides away.
As you can see, there are many great day trips from the City of Brotherly Love. But if you're looking for some local day trips (within an hour or so), here are some good ones:
- King of Prussia Mall: KOP seems more like a small town than a mall. Between the actual mall and its surrounding options, it offers one of the US' premier shopping meccas. In fact, it's actually considered to be the "Largest Shopping Mall in the US" (based on retail space, according to Wikipedia). *Just 15 minutes west of Philadelphia's city limits*
- Lancaster, PA: Lancaster is more-or-less the "Amish Capital of the US." Quaint towns, handmade goods, great restaurants, and plenty of shopping are what make Lancaster a popular place to visit. *Just 60 minutes west of Philadelphia's city limits.*
- South Jersey Shore: Ocean City, Avalon, and Stone Harbor are just some of the more popular towns to visit. New Jersey has a lot of great beaches (and beach towns), but the string of barrier islands from Atlantic City to Cape May are what make this part of NJ special. *Just 60 minutes southeast of Philadelphia's city limits.*
There are lots of other great places to visit around Philadelphia, but too many to talk about here.
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