“You know it’s important to have a Jeep in Los Angeles. That front wheel drive is crucial when it starts to snow on Rodeo Drive.” – Christopher Guest
From our football champions to our world-renown Philly cheesesteaks, we all know that Philadelphia is the greatest place on earth. Sometimes, you have to trade the misery of riding the subway to work in the morning for thrill of riding your Jeep right out of town for a weekend getaway. If you don’t have a Jeep, rent one!
Jeep: A brief history
Not only are Jeeps considered one of the best ways to travel, they are also known as “America’s greatest vehicle.” In fact, Wikipedia.com, the accepted authority on most topics, notes that the Jeep has a rich and varied history as the “All-American vehicle.” It is also known around the world and 2016 statistics show 1.4 million SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) were sold globally. Additionally, it is interesting to note that two-thirds of this figure were sold in North America.
The term “Jeep” was first used before 1940 as a colloquial term for a United States army vehicle. It was the foremost light military 4×4 used by the US army and her allies during the Second World War. It is interesting to bear cognizance of the fact that the continued global popularity of the Jeep is based on its successful use by the military during and after World War II.
After the war, the first Civilian Jeep was manufactured in 1945 by Willys-Overland. These lightweight utility vehicles continued to be manufactured until the new Jeep series, the Jeep Wrangler series was brought into production in 1986. This series remains a popular range of Jeep right up to today.
Jeep: Fun fall road trips
Admittedly, Jeeps do not have the best gas mileage when compared to some of the modern SUVs. However, they are considered one of the best road trip vehicles available on the market today. Jeeps are fun, spacious so you can stretch your legs and can perform well on any terrain. From the colorful Pocono Mountains to the open land in Lancaster County, Gary Barbera has the 5 best fall road trips to take from Philly for Jeep lovers!
- The Poconos, Pennsylvania
The Poconos has an incredible natural surrounding with beautiful fall foliage and lots to do! In the fall, they offer everything from train excursions, horseback riding, air tours and vineyard tours. There are 150 lakes and quaint historic towns around. The Poconos also has some of the best spots for off-roading.
Distance from Philly: 118 miles
- Brandywine Creek State Park, Wilmington, Delaware
Brandywine Creek State Park isn’t far from Philly, and it’s one of the many scenic places to take your Jeep this fall. If you like fishing, hiking and anything outdoors, Brandywine is the place to visit. It is one of the most pleasant and peaceful places one could ever hope to visit in Delaware.
Distance from Philly: 31 miles
- Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Philly is known for its great American history, but Gettysburg is one of the must-see civil war grounds in Pennsylvania. In addition to its interesting history, Gettysburg has plenty of wineries and distilleries to explore. Take a step back in time and your Jeep down the windy roads of Gett
Distance from Philly: 138 miles
- Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania
This is a prime fall destination for Jeep lovers looking for a weekend adventure. Located on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, Laurel Highlands features beautiful trails to go off-roading. Experience the mountains, streams and relaxing retreats that are sure to please the outdoor enthusiast in you.
Distance from Philly: 246 miles
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Looking for scenic back roads to cruise in your Jeep with great hidden places to eat? Lancaster is one of the oldest inland towns with over 200 shops, boutiques and amazing restaurants. The Red Rose City is smaller than Philly, but it offers an array of distinctive attractions for everyone.
Distance from Philly: 80 miles
If you’re looking for an outdoor, out-of-this-world adventure this fall, then pack up your Jeep and start your weekend road trip! Gary Barbera, he is continuing the Jeep legacy and tradition by giving you tips and tricks on where to take your Jeep this fall! It pays to have a Jeep because Gary Barbera Cares about YOU!