USA Today: Tour Philadelphia’s Most Famous Historical Attractions on Two Wheels

Bike riders on the Schuylkill River Trail in Fairmount Park
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Philadelphia offers visitors a way to enjoy its most famous historical attractions while also getting some physical activity on their bicycles, writes Sharon Nolan for the USA TODAY 10Best.

A great place to start a bicycle excursion is Valley Forge National Historic Park. The park is 24 miles from Philadelphia’s Center City District in nearby Montgomery County.

The park is filled with meadows, rolling hills, and historical sites. It also played a significant role in the Revolutionary War, as George Washington‘s Continental Army was encamped there for many months during the harsh winter of 1777–1778.

The famous Kelly Drive will provide you with stunning views along the Schuylkill River and several interesting sights on the way, including Philadelphia Museum of Art and the iconic Boathouse Row.

You can also roll through the historical Laurel Hill Cemetery, which is a 78-acre national historic landmark with an award-winning arboretum.

Meanwhile, biking through Fairmount Park will take you to several historical mansions, including Historic Strawberry Mansion, Lemon Hill, and Mount Pleasant.

Another great place to visit on two wheels is the sprawling Washington Crossing Historic Park, where Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas 1776 with his troops.

Read more about enjoying Philadelphia on a bicycle in the USA TODAY 10Best.


Riding the Schuylkill River Trail from Philadelphia Museum of Art to Reading, a 60 mile trip, in a day.

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