Know before you go

Location

Lehigh Valley’s location makes it the gateway to eastern Pennsylvania. Located less than two hours from New York City and an hour from Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley is accessible via I-78 and I-476 as well as Routes 22, 309 and 33.

Lehigh Valley location chart

Driving Laws

The speed limit is 55 mph on major highways unless posted otherwise.

Buckle up, it’s the law in Pennsylvania.

The cities of Allentown and Bethlehem each have enacted laws that prohibit the use of a cell phone while driving. Motorists are advised to use hands-free devices while driving in Lehigh Valley

Drinking Laws

The legal age for purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages is 21 and a valid Driver’s License or state issued identification card must be presented.

Beer is sold by the case at beer distributors and by the six-pack at taverns and select supermarkets.

Wine can be purchased by the bottle in state-run wine and spirit shops, at select supermarkets or at any of the retail locations or wineries on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail.

Liquor is sold by the bottle and is only available for purchase in state-run wine and spirit stores.

Taxes

All items are subject to a 6% sales tax rate except clothing, groceries and specialty foods in Lehigh Valley.

Weather

Lehigh Valley has a temperate climate, so there are four distinct seasons.

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