Located right next to each other on the eastern border of Pennsylvania, Allentown and Bethlehem are a veritable package deal of family-friendly activities, from water parks to fish hatcheries. More culturally inclined travelers shouldn’t hesitate to visit Allentown’s neo-Roman art museum, which features a room designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The two cities, within easy driving distance of each other, make up a part of the Lehigh Valley metro area, with Easton completing the trio.
Popular Outdoors Destinations By Car
- Just outside of Bethlehem is the Dutch Springs quarry, a prime spot for diving enthusiasts of all levels. Visitors can rent some gear from the scuba shop and hop in to explore the wildlife as well as sunken objects, such as the school bus and helicopter. The Dutch Springs Aqua Park also has plenty of floating apparatus for kids to play on.
- An hour north of Allentown, Jack Frost Big Boulder Ski Resorts is a well-traveled wintertime destination for those who want to indulge in a bit of skiing, snowboarding or tubing. Big Boulder Park even offers crafted terrain for visitors to knock out a trick or two.
Major Highways in Allentown Bethlehem
- Running east-west, Interstate 78 starts near Harrisburg and ends in the Holland Tunnel to New York City. The highway curves along the south side of Allentown and Bethlehem.
- Interstate 476 passes to the left of Allentown and is the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Stretching north-south through eastern portion of the state, I-476’s southern end reaches Philadelphia.