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Philadelphia area/day trips, suggestions?

Hi!
I'd like to go to Philadelphia in two weeks, for five days, and am also planning two or three day trips (total of seven/eight days) to see the countryside and not spend my time only in a city. What day trips do you recommend please, preferably out-of-the beaten tracks? For that reason, I have to say I would prefer to avoid the Amish country tours, not that it is not interesting, but I want to avoid the tourist crowds there.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions!
BL

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Ditto on Longwood Gardens and Valley Forge. Other DuPont sites: Nemours, Winterthur (can be a bit ecclectic unless you're really into furniture) and am drawing blank on the name but the museum and park where the original gunpowder mill/factory/house are. (Google Brandywine Valley visitor info for all Dupont-related places.)

The Brandywine Valley art museum has a lot of the Wyeth family work in a small collection. It's not far from Longwood so you could go to museum when it opens and then visit the gardens or vice versa.

More an overnight trip--even though you technically could make a long day of it--the two thumbs up Victorian beach resort town of Cape May, NJ. Have fun!

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I grew up about a mile from Valley Forge and, although it isn't the sleepy, uncrowded site that it was back then (before it became a National Historic Park) it is a great place to visit, especially when the dogwoods are in bloom. It's only about a 50 minute drive from Philadelphia so easily accessible. Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine Museum are also great options.

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Hello to all of you who replied to me last month!
Thank you so much for your replies, most informative, relevant and extremely appreciated! I finally wasn't able to travel to Philadelphia, I went to Boston, closer to home. But I will certainly keep in mind what you suggested, when I am able to go!
Best regards,
N.