Guided Tours Of Lehigh Valley
Step back in time to explore Moravian culture in historic downtown Bethlehem. A community founded in the 1700s, the grounds of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites feature more original structures than Colonial Williamsburg. In fact, 1741 Gemeinhaus is believed to be the largest 18th-century log structure in continuous use in the United States. More than 20 historic sites are preserved and maintained; many them offering guided tours. Historic Moravian Bethlehem’s footprint is 14 acres of the original 18th-century Moravian settlement that served as the center of Moravian activities in America. The region is recognized as a National Historic Landmark District, one of eight in Pennsylvania and about 200 in the United States, and it recently was named to the U.S. Tentative List for World Heritage Designation.
Lehigh Valley's history moves forward in time with reminders of its industrial heritage – Bethlehem Steel; railroad history, and the natural wonders of nature. Explore below ground where the temperature always hovers at a comfortable 52 degrees. The five picturesque cavern chambers at Lost River Caverns in Hellertown feature stalactites, stalagmites, and other crystal formations along with fluorescent minerals. Moving through the cavern is the Lost River, whose clear waters mysteriously originate from an unknown source, then disappear once more beneath the earth’s surface.
Lehigh Valley is home to the only remaining mule-drawn canal boat in Pennsylvania. The National Canal Museum in Easton offers a look back in time at the era of America’s towpath canals. Take a scenic ride on the Josiah White II boat as you learn about the canal’s impact on industrial history. While you’re there, be sure to explore the beautiful Hugh Moore Park.
Explore how world-famous acoustic instruments come to life in Nazareth at this true Martin Guitar Factory Tour. A guide will lead you through the process, beginning with the various types of wood utilized for these custom instruments all the way through the finished product, ready to ship to eager musicians. Did we mention, this tour is also free? Be sure to also stop by the Martin Guitar Museum located on-site, where you can admire classic models played by unforgettable artists.
Immerse yourself into the story on guided tours of museums and historical sites. If you'd rather explore at your own pace, over two dozen self-guided tours can be found. From Allentown to Easton, Nazareth to Bethlehem, volunteers and experts alike are waiting to tell you one of the many stories of Lehigh Valley.