You don’t have to travel far to take a much-needed getaway.The Lehigh Valley is 90 minutes from New York City and 60 minutes from Philadelphia, but a world away. The region is steeped in history and surrounded by natural beauty. Opportunities for recreation and relaxation abound. Here are 5 things to do while social distancing on a Lehigh Valley getaway. Find the freedom to safely enjoy some vacation time.
They’re a throwback to a simpler time. Covered bridges are a classic slice of Americana. Pennsylvania is home to 200 of the relics from yesteryear and seven of those are found in the Lehigh Valley. Ramble along the Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour to get a glimpse of each one. Go at your own pace on a 50-mile self-guided excursion. Highlights include Bogert’s Bridge in Lehigh Parkway in Allentown. Built in 1841, it’s one of the oldest covered bridges in the state. Park your car and walk across the pedestrian only bridge that sits above Little Lehigh Creek. Discover Lehigh Valley offers a tour brochure you can download with turn by turn directions and detailed history of each bridge.
Americans are falling in love with the drive-in movies again. For some it brings a sense of nostalgia. For others, it’s a brand-new experience. But it offers everyone the chance for a night out in the privacy of their own space. In the Lehigh Valley there are two locations that carry on the rich tradition of showcasing movies under the stars. Becky’s Drive-In has been a fixture in Walnutport since it opened in 1946. There are two screens showing current releases as well as classics. Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theatre in Orefield began welcoming customers in 1934 and has the distinction of being America’s oldest drive-in. Visitors can enjoy the old-fashioned atmosphere while watching the latest Hollywood releases.
Sometimes there’s nothing like the freedom of the open road. You can roll the windows down, feel the breeze and enjoy taking the road less traveled. Whether you have a destination, or just feel like cruising, the Lehigh Valley has a number of scenic byways. Our friends at ArtsQuest identified five of their favorite routes. Picks include the iconic Lookout Drive near Lehigh University for its scenic vistas and changing elevation. Take a spin along River Drive, which traverses the Lehigh River and connects Bethlehem and Allentown.
Transport yourself to another time and place. Bethlehem’s historic district boasts buildings that date back nearly 300 years. The area is of such importance it’s been designated a National Historic Landmark District. Immerse yourself in the architecture and aura of centuries old structures on the Heritage Trail. Set out on foot for the self-guided tour. Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites offers five themed routes of varying length. Visitors can download tours to their mobile device or pick up an audio device at the Visitors Center on Main Street. Explore the colonial business district on the Moravian Founders Tour. Take in the majestic homes of the city’s industrial titans during the Victorian Bethlehem Tour. There are tours to match everyone’s interest and availability of time.
Connect with nature. The Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor is a 165-mile trail system that traces the path of former railroad lines and canals. Bring along your bike and access a 3.5-mile span from Bethlehem to Freemansburg. Pedal on a former towpath along the Lehigh River and enjoy views of the Bethlehem Steel site. Stop mid-way to enjoy a picnic area and views of canal lock #43. Head in the opposite direction and travel 3.9 miles from Bethlehem to Allentown. Although this span connects the two largest cities on the trail, the atmosphere is calm and tranquil. Take in views of the Lehigh Canal on one side and the Lehigh River on the other.
You’ll have the luxury of private, elegant accommodations at The Sayre Mansion. Stay in our boutique hotel in Bethlehem’s historic Fountain Hill. The 1858 mansion boasts 23 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites and graceful common areas. Located on two scenic acres overlooking Bethlehem’s Southside, you’re uniquely situated to enjoy all the Lehigh Valley has to offer. Check availability and book a Lehigh Valley getaway today.