West Chester is the county seat of Chester 35 miles west of Philadelphia right in the heart of Brandywine Valley. West Chester's tradition of hospitality continues as it welcomes out-of-towners seeking weekend getaways to explore the area's historic downtown, bustling wining, dining and shopping scene, eclectic art, sumptuous gardens, New World mansions, and scenic byways. Follow the banks of the Brandywine River with one of the RV rentals in West Chester, PA and feast your eyes on the rolling hills and verdant pastures that create a postcard-worthy backdrop to your journey.
Discover the Scenic Brandywine Valley
Attracted to the Brandywine Valley’s rustic landscape that reminded them of home, the du Ponts, one of America's richest families and among the most prominent of the 19th and 20th centuries, left lasting legacies that still bloom to this day. Get lost in the 1,000-acre Longwood Gardens at the former du Pont estate about 20 minutes south by West Chester motorhome rental. The gardens are more aptly described as a horticultural showplace where natural woodlands, meadows, conservatories, and fountains come together to delight even non-gardeners.
For the artistically inclined, head a few miles out of town with your West Chester camper rental to visit the Brandywine River Museum where collections of American still-life, illustrations, and landscape by three generations of Wyeths are on display. The wildflower gardens outside the museum bursts in glorious color from spring through autumn.
Follow Highways 100 and 52 in the Brandywine Valley and seek out narrow, twisting roads that hug the river as it winds through the scenic chateau country. Wildflowers by the roadside and lanes shaded by overarching branches dominate the view as you drive your West Chester travel trailer rental from Kennett Square, PA to Wilmington, DE. Don't forget to make a stop at Winterthur, Henry du Pont's 982-acre estate accessible via Highway 52.
Brandywine Valley is renowned for its locally grown, small-batch and delicately crafted wines, beers, and spirits. Follow Highway 1 for the wine trail (most notably in Kennett Square and Landenberg), and Highways 30 and 202 for the brewpubs and breweries. If you're visiting a winery at Chadds Ford, carve out some time for Brandywine Battlefield off Highway 1 to view uniforms, weapons, and artifacts found on the battleground. Step inside the Ring House for a look at George Washington's headquarters and Gideon Gilpin's farmhouse for a look at the Marquis de Lafayette's quarters.
Anglers may want to take their West Chester rental RV to Brandywine Creek State Park for bass, bluegill, and crappie; water sports enthusiasts will surely love the park's canoeing and tubing opportunities. There are 12 miles of hiking trails here as well as Civil War re-enactments in spring.
Hiking, biking, fishing, and camping opportunities are also on offer in the Schuylkill Highlands where the 7,730-acre French Creek State Park protects one of the largest patches of contiguous forest between Washington, D.C. and New York City. The forests, wetlands, lakes, and fields of the park are also an Important Bird Area according to the National Audubon Society.
Where to Park Your RV
One of the closest campgrounds to West Chester downtown is in Coatesville. If you just need your motorhome serviced and want to have access to a full hookup site, you'll find a service center five miles south of town. Venture farther out, within a 20-mile radius and you’ll find parks offering full hookup sites, pool access, riverside views, and pet areas. For a state park experience, take your West Chester RV rental to French Creek State Park where full hookup sites are available.
A Walk Around the “Greatest Main Street in America”
Stroll down High Street and marvel at the Greek Revival architecture and hundreds of other structures dating back to the colonial period that have earned West Chester a spot at the National Register of Historic Places. There are over 3,000 buildings in all, with a few repurposed for modern-day uses (like restaurants, pubs, hotels, and shops). Join a walking tour to better appreciate West Chester's architectural treasures.
The Brandywine River has long fascinated artists, and you can look at how the landscape inspired every generation (since N.C. Wyeth) to continue the Brandywine tradition of illustration at the West Chester Galleries.
Rent a motorhome in West Chester and experience the charm of a small town with a cosmopolitan flair. The downtown area is highly walkable and a haven for shopping, especially for finds you won’t see at malls. The dining scene is also bustling, with dozens of restaurants catering to every taste and budget. For a look into the Brandywine Valley history, step inside the Chester County Historical Society Museum where you can also pick your downtown guide or shop for souvenirs to take home. Take a ride back in time and hop on the West Chester Railroad train for a 90-minute trip on one of the oldest train routes in the country along the Chester Creek Valley.
Chester County is rich in history, beautiful landscapes, and opportunities for outdoor adventures. Search for an RV rental in West Chester, PA and plan your weekend getaway or epic road trip today to connect with yourself and nature. You will be glad you did.