Valley Forge National Historical Park Self-Guided Driving Tour


1 to 2 hours (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 4
Mobile ticket

Overview

Welcome to Valley Forge National Military Park, a historic American Revolution site! In the icy December of 1777, General George Washington camped the Continental Army here to wait out the long winter. The following six months tested the mettle and resilience of his ragtag fighting force and served as a critical turning point in the Revolutionary War. Explore the rich backstory of this historic Revolutionary America site with this self-guided tour.

Here's how it works: Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and the Action Tour Guide app. Download the Action Tour Guide onto your phone and enter the password. Then download the tour inside. When you arrive, go to the Valley Forge Visitor Center to start the tour. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.

This isn't an entrance ticket. Check covid rules and opening hours before your visit.

No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!

Inclusions

  • Live GPS Map
  • Audios, Images, and Text
  • Works Offline
  • Flexible Planning
  • Family-friendly
  • Email, Chat, Call Support

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Visitor Center At Valley Forge, 1400 N Outer Line Dr, King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA

Welcome to Valley Forge, where George Washington and his Continental Army faced one of their greatest ever challenges. When he arrived here in December of 1777 and hunkered down for a long, cold winter, Washington knew his army may not survive to see the spring. It stands today as a testament to the strength and resilience of the rebel forces.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Muhlenberg Brigade, Wayne, PA 19087, USA

Next, you'll arrive at the site of the Muhlenberg Brigade, where you'll hear about "Devil Pete" Muhlenberg, a former reverend who set aside the good book to pick up a rifle during the revolution.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Maine Memorial, Joseph Plumb Martin Trail, Wayne, PA 19087, USA

After that is the Maine Memorial, honoring the soldiers from Maine and emphasizing how tenuous the connections were between men from the different colonies during this time.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: National Memorial Arch, Valley Forge, PA

Then you'll arrive at the National Memorial Arch, perhaps Valley Forge's most notable monument. This impressive arch honors the entire continental army who wintered here, both those who survived and those who didn't.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: General Wayne Statue, 408 Guthrie Rd, Wayne, PA 19087, USA

The next monument, a statue of General Wayne, is dedicated to another of Washington's fiercest fighters. Wayne didn't earn the nickname "Mad Anthony" for nothing!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Knox's Quarters Parking, Wayne, PA 19087, USA

Next, you'll visit Henry Knox's quarters, where the self-taught artilleryman turned general served as an important voice of reason during the long winter months.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Delaware Memorial, Parking lot, King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA

Continuing on, you'll come to the Delaware Memorial and learn about how the situation at Valley Forge began to unravel.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Commander in Chief's Guard Huts (Valley Forge National Park), King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA

Next up, at the huts of George Washington's personal guards, you'll get a glimpse into a secret plot to take down the Commander in Chief.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N Outer Line Drive, Valley Forge, PA 19406-1000

Well, here he is - the man, the myth, the legend, George Washington himself. A veteran of the French and Indian War, Washington was appointed to the head of the Continental Army by the Continental Congress in 1775, due to his extensive military experience and the belief that having a Virginian in charge would unify the colonies more than a New Englander like John Hancock. As a commander, Washington is known more for his organizational skill and leadership qualities than his tactical abilities, which are considered decidedly average. He is known as a thoughtful and analytical leader, making him the perfect choice for a war against a powerful enemy like the British.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: New Jersey Brigade Memorial, Phoenixville, PA 19460, USA

Your route takes you next to the New Jersey Brigade Memorial, which honors some of the most well-trained, dependable troops in the entire ragtag army.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Statue of General Friedrich von Steuben, Valley Forge Park Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA

As the months drag on, one thing has become very clear to General Washington. His army, tough as they are, are not even close to ready to fight this war. They’ve barely survived their first few months in Valley Forge, and everything is on the verge of falling apart. Something has to be done. Somehow, this ragtag group of surly volunteers has to be turned into a real army, or surviving this winter will mean nothing.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Varnum's Quarters, Valley Forge Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460, USA

Next, you'll see the stone house used during that fateful winter by General James Mitchell Varnum, one of Washington's closest advisors. Varnum is best known for bringing the first Black soldiers into the Continental Army.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Patriots of African Descent Monument, Joseph Plumb Martin Trail, King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA

After that is a monument which honors those very soldiers: the Patriots of African Descent Monument. This memorial provides a fascinating window into an often overlooked slice of history.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Philander Chase Knox Estate, 151 Library Ln, Malvern, PA 19355, USA

An optional stop takes you to the Philander Chase Knox Estate, where the Attorney General who served under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt once lived.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N Outer Line Drive, Valley Forge, PA 19406-1000

Another detour takes you to the Valley Forge Train Station, which has all sorts of info not only on old-timey trains, but also on General Washington.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Washington Memorial Chapel, Rt 23, Valley Forge, PA 19481

Fans of revolutionary history will want to detour to the Washington Memorial Chapel, which boasts a replica of Philadelphia's Liberty Bell!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Washington Memorial Chapel Cemetery, King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA

Behind the Memorial Chapel you'll find the Washington Memorial Cemetery, where several important figures like Philander Knox have been laid to rest.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Maurice Stephens House, King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA

You can also visit the Mauricce Stevens House, built atop the site of another general's quarters used during the winter of 1777.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Port Kennedy Railroad Station, 3113 Valley Forge Cir, King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA

Those intrigued by abandoned places will find lots to like at the Port Kennedy Railroad Station, a defunct station that's been shuttered since the 1980s.

Duration: 5 minutes

Time of tour


Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.
Valley Forge National Historical Park Self-Guided Driving Tour
7/27/2020 - 10/18/2023
Monday - Sunday : 06:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Meeting point

Visitor Center At Valley Forge, 1400 N Outer Line Dr, King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!
  • After booking the tour, please make sure that you have downloaded the app and the tour in advance. For the best experience, we advise doing this while you have a strong internet connection.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is not an entry ticket.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Exclusions

  • Admission to Paid Attractions
  • Vehicle Rental
  • Food, Drinks & Parking
  • Entry/Admission - Muhlenberg Brigade
  • Entry/Admission - Knox's Quarters Parking
  • Entry/Admission - New Jersey Brigade Memorial
  • Entry/Admission - Varnum's Quarters
  • Entry/Admission - Philander Chase Knox Estate
  • Entry/Admission - Valley Forge National Historical Park

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Lisa_M
April 2022

Absolutely necessary to have this if you are Touring Valley Forge.. The audio tour was great told us where to go and gave us history as to what we were looking at I wouldn’t do the tour without it very informational

steven_g
March 2022

Decent narrative but missed most of the points of interest On the other hand The content that was presented was good quality

Harold M
November 2021

Viewing the terrian was verybinteresting as you can see the defensive perspective of the landscape. It was the first real bone chilly day and you get an understanding of how it felt for a full winter. Howeve no characters as it wss too cold and windy for them

Rochellechris1
November 2021

This is a well-thought out excellent tour. We used this tour to prepare for another one that we plan on taking later this year. I especially liked the fact that you didn't need to be connected to the internet to use it. It made following the tour extremely easy. Since it was attached to maps ,we ...

Donna_T
June 2022

Interesting tour but confusing to follow. No signs. No direction to keep you on track. Hard to drive and follow a map at tbe same time

Heather M
July 2022

We chose this digital application (self-driving tour) over the trolley tour at Valley Forge because it was near lunch time and we (two adults) were traveling with 4 kids (ages 7-10). We felt it gave us more flexibility than the trolley would have (to get snacks, stop for a bathroom break, etc.) A...

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