The story of Lehigh Valley is told at Allentown’s Liberty Bell Museum, where America’s symbol of freedom was hidden during the Revolutionary War and now where visitors come for the Pip the Mouse puppet show before Christmas.
The region’s tale is told in the towering blast furnaces of Bethlehem’s SteelStacks™, reborn as the backdrop for musical performances and festivals, community celebrations, and art exhibitions. The narrative meanders through Easton’s canals that once triumphantly served industries like coal, silk, steel and iron, but now transport, guests for dinner cruises on Pennsylvania’s only mule-drawn canal boat.
And while it's true that a walking tour of downtown Bethlehem offers a deep look into Colonial history, the region as a whole offers far more than just historic sites.
A reincarnation of itself, a spot that reflects and respects its past but seamlessly blends the hip with the historic, Lehigh Valley has developed a rich, sustained arts and entertainment scene, especially when it comes to live music. Famous names pack historic theaters, churches, and outdoor pavilions for legendary rockstars, blues artists, country singers, and internationally acclaimed musicians who bridge genres from Afrobeat to Zydeco, all while visitors can tour the factory where Martin Guitars are handcrafted.
In contrast, just beyond the three cities, undeveloped forests and fields surround rural life, with miles of gentle roads winding over hills and mountains, opening to dramatic vistas of open space.
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the same sites from a different perspective, kayaking the Lehigh or Delaware Rivers, hiking miles of trails like the Appalachian or D&L, or pedaling miles of bike trails and quiet country roads where farmers work land that's been in their families for generations.
Residents and visitors alike love the farmers markets nearby, especially during harvest times throughout the year to wrap their fingers around strawberries and apples, pumpkins, and vegetables.
At the same time, those passionate for another fruit– the grape –enjoy tours and tastings at more than 12 wineries, and hop-lovers taste still another side of the area's award-winning, small-batch breweries that make up the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail.