Don’t listen to Billy Joel. He painted Allentown as a bleak, desolate ghost town. It—and the surrounding Lehigh Valley—is anything but. You can hit the ski slopes, visit a factory where they handcraft acoustic guitars, and eat your way through a veritable international smorgasbord of ethnic cuisines. The city is the third-largest city in Pennsylvania, behind only Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Conveniently located just 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City, it makes a great home base for day trips between the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty. Plus, the eastern portion of the city lies right along the banks of the Lehigh River, which offers scenic views, along with seasonal swimming and boating opportunities.
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When you are deciding where to stay in Allentown, consider the western part of town. The entire Lehigh Valley is relatively small and easy to navigate, but there are a few things just west of downtown that may entice you. First, the Allentown Municipal Golf Course is nearby, as is the ever-popular Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.
More importantly, the Interstate 476 and 78 interchange is there. The 78-E takes you right into Manhattan, and the 476 is the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and a direct route to the City of Brotherly Love.
If you’re visiting Allentown during the summer months, a trip to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom offers a full day of fun in the sun. The Allentown Fairgrounds is the location of numerous special events held throughout the year, the largest of which is the Great Allentown Fair, held from late August through early September. If you are planning a trip during the winter, the surrounding mountain ridges of the Appalachians offer great skiing and snowboarding opportunities.
The city is home to several great museums and cultural venues, such as the Allentown Art Music Symphony Orchestra, the America on Wheels Museum, and the Da Vinci Science Center, which can be toured throughout the year. There are also plenty of affordable Allentown hotels that are close to all the main attractions.
Many of the Lehigh Valley’s top restaurants are located downtown in the Hamilton District. You will find a variety of drinking and dining options, ranging from wineries to brewpubs, and steakhouses to pizza parlors. With Philadelphia located about 60 miles away, you will also find several restaurants serving up hoagies and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. The Hamilton District offers an active nightlife with numerous bars, nightclubs, and breweries.
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Last Updated On March 10th 2017