Big enough to hold all your interests, small enough to get around. At just a short distance from major metropolitan areas, Lehigh Valley makes the perfect destination for group travel. Considering planning a trip to the region? Here's 10 reasons why you should. 

1. Step back in time. 

Explore nationally recognized historic sites & museums including the National Museum of Industrial History, a Smithsonian affiliate, and Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, named the U.S. tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition.

2. Family-friendly fun abounds. 

Make a splash at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom or discover the magic of color at the Crayola Experience. Lehigh Valley offers up entertainment for all ages, making it a friendly destination for student groups or multi-generational travel.

3. Save on shopping.

Did you know there’s no sales tax on clothing in Pennsylvania? Treat your group to some free time at one of the area’s malls or outlet shopping centers.

4. Big city theatre, small town feel.

Recognized as a top summer theatre program by the New York Times, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents a number of outstanding performances annually. 

5. No one does the holidays like the Christmas City.

Explore Bethlehem, brimming with charm during the holiday season. Shop at Christkindlmarkt, ranked one of the top holiday markets in the world by USA Today 10 Best and Travel + Leisure. Hop on a Bethlehem by Night bus tour to get an up-close glimpse at the famous star of Bethlehem. 

6. See how it’s made.

Tour the C.F. Martin & Co. factory and watch as some of the world’s most famous instruments are brought to life. Browse the museum to see how these guitars have developed over time, and be sure to stop in the Pickin’ Parlor to play a few chords yourself.

7. Test your luck.

The Sands® Bethlehem offers one of the finest casinos in the state, and the closest to Manhattan. Try your hand at the slot machines or opt for a table game. When you’ve had your fill of gambling, head to one of the on-site restaurants to refuel. You’ll find three options by Emeril Lagasse and one by the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro. 

8. Plenty of options to rest your head.

Whether your group is looking for an affordable option or a taste of luxury, Lehigh Valley offers a wide variety of accommodations to suit your needs. 

9. Accessible to your attendees.

Located just 60 miles from Philadelphia and 90 miles from New York City, Lehigh Valley is just a short drive away from major metropolitan areas.  

10. Discover Lehigh Valley offers free planning services.

Need help crafting the perfect itinerary or establishing connections with area attractions, hotels, and restaurants? We’ve got you covered. Touch base with the Discover Lehigh Valley sales team to start planning your group excursion.