If you live near Philadelphia, you’ve surely heard tales of King of Prussia and its mighty shopping mall. Yup, it’s shopping that has put this oddly-named town on the map. Some folks opt to linger in town and make trips to the historic Valley Forge Park, 10 minutes down the road, and the Philadelphia Zoo, just a half-hour away by car.
Things to see
The King of Prussia Mall is America’s largest shopping center in terms of retail space, boasting a complete pantheon of the country’s biggest names in upscale retail. With over 400 stores, dozens of eateries, and enough walking space to cover anyone’s daily exercise regime, this mall is a travel destination in its own right.
Check out one of the pivotal points in the American Revolutionary War at historic Valley Forge Park, just minutes from King of Prussia. A guided tour is the way to go if you are curious about how the 18th-century soliders lived and fought on this battlefield.
America’s very first zoo is 30 minutes’ drive away. Phiadelphia Zoo spans a gorgeous leafy park that covers 42 acres and features over 1,300 rare and endangered creatures from around the globe. The kids’ zoo, the paddleboat lake, and the interactive exhibits ensure fun for everyone.
Hotels in King of Prussia
King of Prussia lives on the laurels of its mega shopping mall, so most of the town’s accommodation is clustered around this facility. Nearly all of the hotels here are major American chains, ranging from upscale to budget. The hotels cater to shoppers who need to stay overnight and consequently offer nice perks like free shuttles to the mall and special deals throughout the year.
Where to stay
The mall is the focal point of this township. This is where most of the top-end chain hotels have set up shop, making a two-day shopping adventure a common excursion.
Valley Forge Park is just on the edge of town and offers another big attraction for visitors. There is a cluster of upscale chain hotels on site along with several modest but comfortable motels catering mainly to families.
How to get to King of Prussia
The closest airport to King of Prussia is Philadelphia International Airport, at just 26 miles to the south. This major air hub handles over 30 million passengers annually to most North American cities and many European destinations. Greyhound buses also have King of Prussia on their radar, especially from major cities along Amercia’s east coast and around New England.