Information & Facts for Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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About the Region
Set amidst gentle hills and charming countrysides, Lehigh Valley, Pa. is one of the fastest growing areas in Pennsylvania and located 60 minutes north of Philadelphia, 90 minutes west of New York City and three hours north of Washington D.C., encompassing Lehigh and Northampton counties.
The three cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton call Lehigh Valley home. And, over a dozen main streets, whether named Hamilton, Broad, Broadway, Northampton or Main, are the epicenters of their communities. Each has a unique industrial past, a current cultural identity, and a strong sense of community pride.
Statistics & Facts
- Number of visitors per year: 15.2* million person-trips, combining both overnight and day trips. *Visitor Conversion and ROI Study done for Discover Lehigh Valley in March 2015 by North Star Destination Strategies
- 650,000 residents in Lehigh Valley.
- The region is steeped in pre-Colonial, Early American, and industrial history. Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites preserves 20 historic sites (more than Colonial Williamsburg) and carries the distinction of a National Historic Landmark District, one of only eight in Pennsylvania and one of only about 200 in the entire United States. This Moravian historic region was recently named to the U.S. Tentative List for World Heritage Designation.
- Bethlehem Steel plant produced the skeleton for Rockefeller Plaza and the beams for the Golden Gate Bridge.
- The Moravian Book Shop, located in Historic Bethlehem, is the oldest, continuously operating book shop in the world, founded in 1745.
- The National Canal Museum in Easton is the only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of America’s historic towpath canals.
- Corporate Powerhouse with more than 15,000 businesses: Home to America’s favorite brands such as Crayola®, Peeps, Mike & Ike®, Martin Guitars, and Mack Trucks, as well as manufacturers like Coca-Cola, Olympus American, B. Braun Medical, Georgia Pacific, Nestle, Ocean Spray, and more.
- 10 Colleges and Universities: You’ll find higher education ranging from small liberal arts schools to large, prestigious universities and state schools. Moravian College is the 3rd oldest college in the U.S. and the first to teach women. Both Lafayette College and Lehigh University rank among the top 50 schools in their categories for the U.S. World News & Report Best Colleges and Universities.
- 10+ Theaters for the Arts: And inside these theaters, you’ll find all sorts of performances including the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the country’s oldest Bach choir, founded in 1898. This company gave the first complete performance in the United States of The Mass in B Minor and The Christmas Oratorio.
- More than 25 golf courses which are home to hundreds of holes, including championship courses built by Donald Ross, Robert White, William Gordon, and William Flynn.
- 14+ Farmers Markets: The Easton Farmers’ Market goes year-round and is the oldest continuously operated open-air market in the country, dating back to the 1700s when residents would converge on the center of town to share their wares and food.
- One State Park: 1,168-acre Jacobsburg State Park is known for the famous Henry Rifle [Pennsylvania Longrifle] which was made on-site. With programs focusing on nature and cultural history, visitors can gain insight into a colonial gun manufactory. While there are 121 state parks in Pennsylvania, only four carry the designation of Environmental Education Centers, including Jacobsburg.
- One National Park: The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area extends 300 miles from Hancock, New York to the Atlantic Ocean at Delaware Bay, traversing through one of Lehigh Valley’s main cities, Easton, and along Northampton County’s border.
- One Outdoor Waterparks: Dorney Park’s Wildwater Kingdom
- Two Mountains for Snowsports and Spring / Summer Trails: Over 50 trails on these two mountains alone tempt the adventurous, from skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, mountain biking, hiking, options are plenty.
- Known Olympic Sports Venue: Affectionately called the “concrete crater,” the Valley Preferred Cycling Center velodrome has hosted Olympic cycling trials, World Cup races, Junior World Championships, national championships, and countless major international competitions.