Self-Guided Tours of Lehigh Valley
Self-guided tours in Lehigh Valley range from historic sites and museums to walking tours of downtowns, gallery space, and arts trails such as the Urban Arts Trail located on the SouthSide of Bethlehem.
If you hear a peep from the kids, it’s just their excitement at the hands-on interaction they get at Sigal Museum’s Just Born exhibit, a history of the Bethlehem confectioner that makes PEEPS® and HOT TAMALES®. The cultural center showcases the accounts of other local companies, as well as collections of pre-European settlement artifacts, decorative arts and textiles, and colonial furniture.
From classic cars to motorcycles and more, the America On Wheels Museum in Allentown is your destination for the history of over-ground transportation. Past visiting exhibits have featured vehicles from movies including Transformers, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and more. Be sure to grab an old-fashioned ice cream soda at the Hub Cap Café to top off your visit.
The Hoover Mason Trestle in Lehigh Valley connected the ore yards, once located near where Wind Creek Bethlehem stands, to the blast furnaces at the heart of the steel plant. Today, visitors can walk the elevated pathway to explore the former site of Bethlehem Steel and discover its history. Located within the former 1907 Bangor Town Hall in the heart of the Slate Belt, The Slate Belt Heritage Center showcases the slate industry that produced the country’s blackboards and roofing shingles and the impact it had on the community, as well as how the slate quarries and textile factories changed rural life.
Walking trails also offer a self-guided tour of nature's beauty and along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail, you’ll also spot art installations of sculptures, interactive installations, and diverse plants.
Scroll below for a curated list of easy, relaxed tours, at your pace.
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Walk, jog, or bike along the Historic Bethlehem Heritage Trail! Experience Bethlehem on your own time and at your own pace with the use of your own mobile device. With 6 links, 80 stops, and 275 years of history, you'll meet the Moravian Founders, Monocacy Valley, Westward Expansion, Victorian…