The best things to do in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania

Located in eastern Pennsylvania to the north of Philadelphia’s suburbs is the Lehigh Valley. This two-county region might be the smallest in Pennsylvania, but there are many great things to do in the Lehigh Valley if you are looking for a fun getaway.

Three main cities make up the region: Allentown (the third-largest city in PA), Bethlehem, and Easton. These cities provide many big amenities for travelers looking to explore the region.

In the past, the Lehigh Valley was known as an industrial center, with Bethlehem Steel, one of the world’s largest businesses, highlighting a region that also included the headquarters of Mack Trucks and a thriving silk industry. You can learn more about these industries at the National Museum of Industrial History. Today, Crayola Crayons, Peeps, and Martin Guitars are some of the well-known products made in the region.

The region also features great history that can be experienced at sites like America on Wheels, the Moravian Historical Society Museum, the Lehigh Valley Heritage Center, and some incredible craft breweries.

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Where do you want to go?

Things to do in Lehigh County, PALehigh County covers the eastern portion of the Lehigh Valley and is home to Allentown. Visitors to the county enjoy taking in Dorney Park, America on Wheels, the Mack Trucks Historical Museum, the Allentown Art Museum, and many beautiful covered bridges.
Things to do in Northampton County, PANorthampton County is where you’ll find Bethlehem and Easton and occupies the western half of the region. In this area, you can explore the remains of Bethlehem Steel, the Museum of Industrial History, the National Canal Museum, Weyerbacher Brewing, and Slateford Falls.


Top places to visit in the Lehigh Valley

Touring the Martin Guitar FactoryTouring the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth – Martin Guitar is the oldest guitar maker in the world and handcrafts many of their famous guitars in Pennsylvania. Take a free tour of their factory to see how they are made.
Columcille Megalith ParkColumcille Megalith Park: PA’s Stonehenge – You don’t have to travel to Europe to visit a Stonehenge-like site. Instead, visit Columcille Megalith Park in northern Northampton County. This Celtic stone garden has to be seen to be believed.
Visiting America on WheelsVisiting America on Wheels in Allentown – America on Wheels is one of Pennsylvania’s best antique auto museums. The museums showcases the history of wheeled transportation from one of the earliest gas-powered cars all the way to futuristic models. If you love cars, you won’t want to miss this museum.
Christmas City USA during the holiday seasonVisiting Christmas City USA – Bethlehem is known as Christmas City USA and is a fantastic holiday season destination. Explore our favorite things to do in and around the city at Christmastime and start planning your holiday travels now.
Crayola Experience in Easton, PATaking the Kids to the Crayola Experience in Easton – Crayola Crayons are made in the Lehigh Valley, and while you can’t tour the factory, artists of all ages will enjoy the Crayola Experience in downtown Easton. This kid-focused attraction features a variety of great art projects and a chance to learn about local history.
The National Museum of Industrial History in BethlehemThe National Museum of Industrial History – The Lehigh Valley has a rich industrial past, and at the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, you can learn more about how the industries here impacted the region and world. Housed in a former part of the Bethlehem Steel plant, this amazing museum shouldn’t be missed.

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