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Valley Forge National Historic Park

The site of an important American Revolutionary War encampment, this scenic park is now home to pleasant trails and interesting monuments.

Valley Forge National Historical Park is a beautifully powerful historic site. More than 2,000 soldiers died here during the winter of 1777. Today, learn about life at this former encampment through informative exhibits and monuments. With 3,500 acres (1,400 hectares) of greenery, the park is also popular for jogging, cycling and picnicking. 

With the British army occupying Philadelphia in 1777, Continental Commander George Washington chose Valley Forge as a strategic place for his 12,000 troops to encamp over the winter. Throughout the harsh winter, the soldiers endured freezing temperatures, hunger, damp quarters and disease. Although many perished, the army emerged in 1778 to win a number of important battles. Subsequently the site has come to represent resilience and survival.

Begin your exploration at the Visitor Center, to pick up a map of the park. Check out the Determined to Persevere exhibits, which use Revolutionary War artifacts to create a picture of life during the encampment. Discover more about the encampment by watching the orientation film at the theater next to the center. Lectures and other special events are often held at the park, so be sure to ask if anything is taking place during your visit. 

You can also see carefully reproduced replicas of the soldiers’ huts based on the original models. Continue to investigate the park’s military history at Artillery Park, where soldiers stored cannons. Look for the bronze equestrian statue of General Anthony Wayne.

Save time to explore the park’s 19 miles (31 kilometers) of hiking trails. Go biking along the 21-mile (34-kilometer) cycling path that runs along Schuylkill River, connecting Valley Forge to Philadelphia. See if you can spot some of the 227 species of birds that live in the area, such as swallows, thrushes and European starlings.

Valley Forge National Historical Park is open daily and admission is free. Take a guided tour in an open-air trolley bus or use the free Revolutionary Shuttle, which runs between the park’s main sightseeing points.


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Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia

Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia

240 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Einstein Healthcare Network and King of Prussia Mall. King of Prussia Town Center is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.

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    The Conference Center at Valley Forge

    The Conference Center at Valley Forge

    1485 Valley Forge Rd, Phoenixville, PA
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Phoenixville, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Valley Forge National Historic Park, Schuylkill River Trail Pawlings Road Trailhead, and The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. King of Prussia Town Center and Valley Forge National Park Visitors Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Valley Forge $101
      Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Valley Forge

      Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Valley Forge

      888 Chesterbrook Blvd, Wayne, PA
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of King of Prussia Town Center, King of Prussia Mall, and Chester Valley Trail Trailhead. Valley Forge National Historic Park and Einstein Healthcare Network are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Hampton Inn & Suites Valley Forge/Oaks $93
        Hampton Inn & Suites Valley Forge/Oaks

        Hampton Inn & Suites Valley Forge/Oaks

        100 Cresson Blvd., Phoenixville, PA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Phoenixville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Audubon Loop Trail Trailhead and Lower Perkiomen Valley Park Trailhead. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks and Schuylkill River Trail Pawlings Road Trailhead are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Hilton Garden Inn Valley Forge $101
          Hilton Garden Inn Valley Forge

          Hilton Garden Inn Valley Forge

          500 Cresson Blvd Oaks, Phoenixville, PA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Phoenixville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Audubon Loop Trail Trailhead and Lower Perkiomen Valley Park Trailhead. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks and Schuylkill River Trail Pawlings Road Trailhead are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Hyatt Place Philadelphia/ King of Prussia $105
            Hyatt Place Philadelphia/ King of Prussia

            Hyatt Place Philadelphia/ King of Prussia

            440 American Avenue, King of Prussia, PA
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Valley Forge Casino and within 3 mi (5 km) of King of Prussia Mall and King of Prussia Town Center. Valley Forge National Historic Park and The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Valley Forge Casino Resort $135
              Valley Forge Casino Resort

              Valley Forge Casino Resort

              1160 1st Avenue, King of Prussia, PA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Valley Forge Casino, King of Prussia Mall, and King of Prussia Town Center. Valley Forge Convention Center and Valley Forge National Park Visitors Center are also within 15 minutes.

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                Ground Floor one Bedroom Aprtment

                Ground Floor one Bedroom Aprtment

                Phoenixville, PA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Phoenixville, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Audubon Loop Trail Trailhead, Lower Perkiomen Valley Park Trailhead, and The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. Schuylkill River Trail Pawlings Road Trailhead and Hoy Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).