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Chester County

One of Pennsylvania’s three original counties...

Longwood Gardens Photo by B. Mathias for Longwood Gardens

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West of Philadelphia, the bucolic Chester County contains plenty to make a trip worthwhile.

Visitors can escape to the rolling hills and charming villages of Chester County’s Brandywine Valley , stroll through the beautiful chateaus and the extraordinary landscapes of Longwood Gardens, and browse timeless art at museums and attractions throughout the region.

Locally made wines and fresh farm-to-table cuisine attracts visitors as well.

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One of three Pennsylvania counties established by William Penn in 1682, Chester County was home to a western route that connected Philadelphia to the surrounding areas.

Today, Lancaster Avenue (U.S. Route 30) echoes that path, and is a main thoroughfare on which many of the county’s towns and attractions lie. Its reputation as a getaway from city life and a destination unto itself remains.

Getting Here

SEPTA buses and trains run to parts of Chester County, but its countryside layout is best explored by car.

For more on visiting this area, explore the trip-planning information for Chester County and the Brandywine Valley by clicking below.


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