Hotel at a Glance: Hampton Inn Plymouth Meeting
Conveniently located off the Pennsylvania Turnpike, this recently renovated Hampton Inn is just a 30-minute drive from Philadelphia. Before and after sightseeing trips, you can take advantage of the hotel’s outdoor pool and fitness center.
- In-room amenities: Your spacious room comes with a 32-inch LCD HDTV with HBO, free WiFi, a coffeemaker, mini fridge, and microwave.
- Fuel up for the day with a free breakfast of eggs, waffles, pastries, and fresh fruit. If you’re in a hurry, On the Run breakfast bags are also available to take on the go.
- 24-hour pick-me-up: Free coffee and tea are available all day.
- Recent accolades: This hotel was awarded a 2013 and 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
- Shopping mecca: King of Prussia Mall—the country’s largest shopping mall—is just an 8-mile drive away.
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania: Historic Quaker Settlement near Philadelphia
Plymouth Meeting’s history stretches back to a specific date: June 23, 1686, when a ship of Quakers arrived from Devonshire, England. Their house of worship, Plymouth Friends Meetinghouse, served as a hospital and campsite for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Today, you can visit the meetinghouse, located in the Plymouth Meeting Historic District. Also here is Abolition Hall, a major station on the Underground Railroad and a platform where abolitionists like Harriet Beecher Stowe could gather and speak. At one time or another, nearly every home and building surrounding the hall hid runaway slaves.
Head a little ways outside of town to the area’s farms, which offer great family activities. You can pick fresh strawberries and field flowers at Maple Acres Farm, or introduce kids to ponies, goats, sheep, and baby chicks at the petting zoo at Sandy Hill Farm.
Downtown Philadelphia is about 20 miles southeast, and pre-dates Plymouth Meeting by about four years. 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. At the north end of the park, the National Constitution Center features a multimedia presentation on the country’s founding displayed on a 360-degree domed ceiling, as well as galleries of artifacts, including a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.