Hotel at a Glance: Hampton Inn Great Valley
Hampton Inn Great Valley puts guests close to the popular shopping and historical attractions that are to the west of Philadelphia. Two essential Revolutionary War sites—Valley Forge National Historical Park and Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site—are each less than a half-hour drive away. King of Prussia Mall, one of the country’s largest shopping malls, is just 15 minutes away.
- Complimentary bites: After settling in a spacious guest room, you can start the day with a complimentary hot breakfast of eggs, waffles, pastries, and more.
- In a rush? Just grab an On the Run breakfast bag for a portable, healthy meal that you can take with you on the road.
- Go for a swim in the hotel’s outdoor pool.
- Wake up with a mug of fresh coffee via your room’s coffeemaker while catching up on the news on the flat-screen HDTV.
- Share your vacation photos and keep in touch with friends and family on the hotel’s free WiFi network.
- Distance from downtown Philadelphia: about 30 miles
- Recent accolades: The hotel was awarded a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Frazer, Pennsylvania: Small Town near Philadelphia
Between Valley Forge National Park—where General Washington’s army camped in 1778—and the battlefields of Brandywine, you’ll find the small town of Frazer. Pay your respects at both Revolutionary War sites and explore their historic grounds, then consider traveling from the 1770s to the 1930s with a stop at the Frazer Diner. This dining car has been serving old-fashioned burgers since 1935—now it’s a nostalgic spot that makes for a popular pit stop on the way to nearby Philadelphia.
About 30 miles away from Frazer is downtown Philadelphia’s historic Center City neighborhood, which dates back to the city’s founding in 1682. Today, Center City is Philadelphia’s central business district, with several skyscrapers and high-profile museums. The neighborhood is also home to Independence National Historical Park, whose high concentration of notable landmarks make it America’s most historic square mile. While you’re here, visit Independence Hall—birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution—or head to the Liberty Bell Center to see the approximately 2,000-pound bell that Martha Washington famously rang to let George know when supper was ready.