Getting Here: 3 hours from Poughkeepsie
Rates: Starting at $152/night for an executive King room.
Vibe & CrowD: Locally, Valley Forge draws a mixed-age clientele from both Philadelphia and the Main Line, who seek it out as a welcome alternative to Atlantic City. Out-of-towners of all ages revel in the casino’s proximity to the City of Brotherly Love and other prime attractions. Guests can choose to stay in one of 485 rooms and suites spanning two hotels on the premises: the Casino Tower or the adjoining Radisson Hotel Valley Forge.
Place Your Bets: The casino boasts 40,000 sq ft of gaming space, furnished with 600 slots and 50 table games.
Beyond Gaming: For something completely different, head to Expedition Escape, also located in King of Prussia, where you and other teammates are forced to interpret a series of clues and solve a succession of puzzles in 60 minutes to “escape” and win the challenge. History lovers (and those seeking some fresh air) should check out the Valley Forge National Historical Park, site of the winter encampment and headquarters of George Washington and his Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Don’t want to wander away from the resort? The complex includes nine restaurants and four bars/nightclubs, including Valley Beach, a seasonal 20,000 sq ft poolside club with a sandy beach and plenty of cabanas. Guests can pamper themselves at the on-site spa or workout at the fitness center, then catch a concert or show at one of Valley Forge’s two performance spaces.
Ace the Experience: King of Prussia is also a shopper’s mecca — the town’s eponymous mall (www.kingofprussiamall.com) is the second-largest shopping mall in the US, just two miles from the casino.