I can't hear the term "family vacation" without immediately stressing myself out at the thought of resort reservations, packing emergencies (where did the suitcases go?!), and soaring airfare prices. But lucky for me, I grew up with parents who embraced the art of the weekend getaway, often shuttling my siblings and I into far but beautiful corners of the midwest. Some of the best family stories we find ourselves telling over and over again came from the hours of driving together (and OK, also from annoying each other), and nowadays I envy the ease of piling into the car with a few essentials and heading out for a new adventure.
In the spirit of embracing the fun of family road trips, we joined forces with the 2017 Ford Escape to put together your guide to the best day trips and weekend getaways for the Philadelphia area. Get all the info you need by checking out our favorite locations and attractions below, then pack up the car and hit the road so you can start making some lasting family memories of your own.