In the early 20th century, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, was an important industrial town called Manavon. It later changed its name to coincide with that of the town's main employer, Phoenix Iron Works. The factory has since closed, but the town has retained the name. Today, it serves mainly as a suburb of Philadelphia, which lies 28 miles to the southeast. It's also a good stopping point for travelers to or from the larger city, as you can tell by the several Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, motels that line the main road to Philly.
Phoenixville is 33 miles northwest of Philadelphia International Airport. You can get there on public transport, but it requires train and bus changes in Philadelphia and King of Prussia. It's easier to go by car; either take a taxi from the airport or pick up a rental. If you need some food after arriving at your choice of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, hotels, head to Bridge Street, where you'll find a range of restaurants. There are many parks and green areas in town, the most notable being Black Rock Sanctuary, a wildlife habitat by the Schuylkill River that is open to the public. If you don't have one already, you can hire rental cars in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and explore the surrounding area. Just a short drive away is the beautiful Valley Forge National Park, one of America's largest shopping malls at King of Prussia, and the nation's first capital, Philadelphia. Independence National Historical Park in the Old City is known as "America's most historic square mile" and contains such attractions as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Look into Philadelphia hotel deals if you're intending to spend a bit more time in the city.
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