Historic Sites and Landmarks
In Lehigh Valley
Lehigh Valley’s historic Moravian Bethlehem, a tentative for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, draws both U.S. and international visitors as it has provided a unique, historically rich, and culturally significant way of life for over 300 years. Hundreds of thousands of visitors each year tour the city, SteelStacks™, and the historic sites found throughout.
Really an attraction in and of itself, the Hoover Mason Trestle overlooking SteelStacks™, is an elevated 1/3-mile walkway built along the railway that once hauled iron ore to Bethlehem Steel’s blast furnaces. The cantilevered structure is part-museum, highlighting the site’s steelmaking history, and part-attraction with dramatic entrances, a Wi-Fi-guided walking tour, benches, landscaping, and a photo op with the rusted-out furnaces.
You can actually touch – and ring – a replica of the Liberty Bell that rests at the Liberty Bell Museum
in Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ in Allentown. The site was not only where America’s most famous symbol of freedom was hidden during the Revolutionary War, but it also served as a refuge during Indian raids, a hospital, and a meeting place for the reading of the Declaration of Independence.
While these sites form a triple crown for history lovers, the region offers much more for anyone fascinated by glimpses of the challenges, culture, and quirks of colonial and industrial life.