By Joe Laing, El Monte RV
For a real blend of adventure with plenty of opportunities for relaxation and sightseeing, a trip through Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania can't be beat for an RV vacation. Extending from Allentown, PA through Bethlehem and Easton to New Jersey, this lovely area of Lehigh Valley invites you for plenty of summer fun. There is a lot to see, so let's get started!
Just southwest of Allentown, you can start your RV adventure in Macungie, Pennsylvania – particularly if you've come in August. At this time of year Das Awkscht Fescht is held, an antique car festival with arts and crafts and lots of entertainment. Enjoy fireworks and more! This summer tradition is packed with family activities. Kids love to see those "old cars."
Once done seeing Macungie, you can head north up Interstate 476 and take Interstate 80 East to the Poconos. Lakes dot the landscapes making for wonderful fishing and boating if you are so inclined. Hike the woodlands and explore the mountains. Also visit the Pocono Raceway while in the area and if visiting in June don't miss the Pocono 500, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Back to Allentown, as there are a multitude of sights in this fabulous Pennsylvania city. Be sure to stop by the Liberty Bell Shrine Museum to get a little history about the Battle of Brandywine. During this battle the town hid the Liberty Bell here to protect it. Then over to the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum with over ten thousand square feet of exhibits in four galleries. Absorb some cultural heritage at the Allentown Art Museum on North 5th Street. The artworks are fantastic and inspiring.
While in Allentown, you may have to extend your visit so you can include more must-see sights, such as the America On Wheels Museum, a tribute to all over-the-road transportation. There are cars, carriages, bicycles and trucks galore. Sit in a mini-Indy racecar and get your photo taken. If you (and any kids with you) love interactive exhibits, the Da Vinci Science Center is the place to go. View images direct from NASA, watch still images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Breathtaking in all the beauty!
If you are visiting Allentown in May, stop at the Mayfair and browse the diverse arts and crafts in Cedar Beach Park. If you are here in August, the Great Allentown Fair surely can't be missed. Just pop over to the Allentown Fairgrounds to join in the fun.
Head to South Whitehall Township a little north of Allentown to go to one of the most popular amusement parks in the state. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is two parks in one, with the tallest and fastest roller coaster on the East Coast. Water rides are a favorite here too.
If you love to watch birds, bring your binoculars to Lehigh Uplands Preserve, a lovely wooded forest with lots of riverside habitat for waterfowl and raptors. After a relaxing few hours, you can move on to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for some more Lehigh Valley activities.
Try something different for a change. Check out Dutch Springs, a Scuba amusement park. Perhaps you've never heard of such a thing, but there it is! The underwater experience is greatly enhanced, with sunken treasures to find. If you really don't want to scuba dive, you can get a kayak or paddle boat for a fun time.
There are a number of festivals occurring throughout the year in Bethlehem as well. For instance in August you can attend a ten-day music festival – Musikfest, and in September, to the Celtic Classic, a huge Celtic heritage festival.
Take a picnic break at Louise W. Moore Park. It's on your way to Easton, New Jersey. Here you can jog along trails with scenic views. Play a game of tennis or volleyball. Finally you'll come to Easton, on the border of New Jersey, which is the end of this RV adventure for now. But then again, maybe not! You can always continue east to the New Jersey shore beaches. It's only 70 miles and worth the additional trip.
The Lehigh Valley residents are friendly folk, and they have enjoyed your company these past days. It is an area you'll want to return to again and again. Bringing an RV is always fun, as with your "home" along with you, you are comfortable with all the amenities you could desire. Your adventure may be over for now, but you can experience it once again anytime you wish. Lehigh Valley will always welcome you.
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