Steeped in pre-Colonial, Early American, and industrial history, the region’s storied past became its uplifting present, bestowing visitors anything from crayons and craft beer to Martin Guitars and museums, covered bridges, and nationally-recognized events like Musikfest and Christkindlmarkt. A stay in Lehigh Valley will lift your spirits, too.
A reincarnation of itself, a spot that reflects and respects its past but seamlessly blends the hip with the historic, Lehigh Valley has developed a rich, sustained arts and entertainment scene, especially when it comes to live music. Famous names pack historic theaters, churches, and outdoor pavilions for legendary rockstars, blues artists, country singers, and internationally acclaimed musicians who bridge genres from Afrobeat to Zydeco, all while visitors can tour the factory where Martin Guitars are handcrafted.
Just the sight of covered bridges suggests thoughts of old charm and romance. In Lehigh Valley, seven of the slightly more than 200 covered bridges in Pennsylvania are still standing and welcome visitors. Five of these, which are open for traffic, often are taken for granted when crossed by busy travelers every day. The Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour offers an opportunity to journey back in time to a quieter, more idyllic way of life.