Within the countryside of Philadelphia, lies The Brandywine Valley and Valley Forge.

The Brandywine Valley has a rich tradition of horticulture from the benevolence of the famed du Pont family to arboretums paying homage to Pennsylvania – Penn’s Woods. This heritage resonates throughout the greater Philadelphia region, earning the moniker – America’s Garden Capital. The horticultural influence of the famed du Pont family is particularly strong in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware.

The Brandywine Valley is home to Longwood Gardens, the world’s premier horticultural display garden, founded by Pierre S. du Pont. Situated on 1,050 acres, Longwood features 20 indoor gardens as well as 20 outdoor gardens and a breath taking conservatory. Built in 1919, the conservatory is one of the world’s great greenhouse structures; home to 20 different gardens featuring 5500 types of plants. Outdoor gardens overflow with gorgeous flowers and spectacular fountains. The newly expanded Meadow Garden encompasses 86 acres and is a model of ecological gardening and design. Summer 2015 explore the gardens by day – and night. Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience opens July 1 and the natural canvas of plants, flowers, trees and lakes will come alive with moving imagery, light and music.

Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania are known for their history, but their appeal is modern-day. It is a shopper’s paradise, a culture-lover’s haven, a place whose theaters and concert venues come alive at night. Explore the County’s dining, family fun, fine accommodations, open spaces and adventurous places.

The King of Prussia Mall, is the largest shopping complex on the East Coast of the United States, and offers the most discriminating shopper an endless selection of luxury department stores, with more than 400 dining and shopping venues. For outlet lovers, Philadelphia Premium Outlets, located in the northwestern suburb of Limerick, offers 150 brand name outlet stores, from designer fashions and sportswear to home furnishings and specialty gifts, all at 25-65 percent off everyday prices.

Don’t forget it’s tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes.

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