Allentown, PA

Travel Guide
Allentown

Ride some of the tallest roller coasters in the country, marvel at images of space and see where the Liberty Bell was hidden at this Pennsylvania city.

You may recognize Allentown as the subject of Billy Joel’s eponymous song, an ode to the working class. While Allentown has changed considerably since Joel released the song in 1982, it still has strong links to the blue-collar industries that helped carve its identity.

For a historic perspective on the city, take a walking tour through Old Allentown to view restored Victorian-style homes. Visit Zion’s Reformed Church of Christ to see where American rebels hid the Liberty Bell from the British Army during the Revolutionary War.

Allentown has museums ranging in focus from art to science and many things in between. From hunter-gatherers to the Pennsylvania Dutch, trace the settlers of the area at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. The Allentown Art Museum displays thousands of pieces of art and frequently hosts events and special exhibits.

Bring the family to the interactive Da Vinci Science Center. One of the most notable exhibits is View Space, which displays NASA’s breathtaking space images. As its name suggests, the new America on Wheels museum provides information about the history of wheeled transportation, from bicycles to race cars.

Enjoy Allentown’s thriving arts scene with a Broadway-style show or independent film at the Civic Theatre. The historic Symphony Hall stages concert series such as Jazz Cabaret and Symphony Hall Pops as well as dance performances and plays.

Find some excitement at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom with some of the tallest and longest roller coasters on the East coast. Afterward, cool off in the attached water park with dozens of slides and pools. For even more thrills, go to Lehigh Valley Grand Prix for go-kart racing that looks and feels like you are driving grand prix race cars.

As Pennsylvania’s third-largest city, Allentown has plenty of attractions to entertain any visitor. It is centrally located just 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Philadelphia and 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of New York City. Visit during the snowy winter season or the heat of summer for a variety of delightful experiences.

Where to stay in Allentown

Days Hotel by Wyndham Allentown Airport / Lehigh Valley
Days Hotel by Wyndham Allentown Airport / Lehigh Valley
3 out of 5
3400 Airport Road, Road No. 4, Allentown, PA
The price is ¥9,072 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St Lukes Hospital, Lehigh Valley Health Network Muhlenberg, and Coca-Cola Park. Historic Hotel ...
2.9/5 (1,118 reviews)
"all was well from beginning till the end."

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

Days Hotel by Wyndham Allentown Airport / Lehigh Valley
Hilton Garden Inn Allentown Bethlehem Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Allentown Bethlehem Airport
3 out of 5
1787-B Airport Road, Allentown, PA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥12,540 per night from Feb 22 to Feb 23
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Coca-Cola Park, St Lukes Hospital, and Lehigh Valley Health Network Muhlenberg. Jordan Creek and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (849 reviews)
"Wasn’t exactly what I expected but no complaints a little disappointed on having to pay for breakfast. Thought that should be complementary with my stay but that’s ok."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Allentown Bethlehem Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Allentown West, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Allentown West, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
5630 Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA
The price is ¥13,392 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Set in Allentown, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Cedar Crest College, Muhlenberg College, and Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. Allentown ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (958 reviews)
"Breakfast was excellent. Rooms are outdated and climate control is bad. Parking can be a long walk to front entrance. Location on highway makes access and noise a little irritating. Friendly staff. Nice shower."

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Allentown West, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Allentown-West/Fogelsville, PA
Homewood Suites by Hilton Allentown-West/Fogelsville, PA
3 out of 5
7686 Industrial Blvd, Allentown, PA
The price is ¥14,436 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Situated in Allentown, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Little Lehigh Creek and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Valley Preferred Cycling Center. Macungie Memorial ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (729 reviews)
"Great property and close to my daughter. We always stay here when visiting her. The room is large and comfortable. A warm breakfast is included."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Allentown-West/Fogelsville, PA
Allentown's Historic Hidden Gem
Allentown's Historic Hidden Gem
Allentown, PA
The price is ¥19,894 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
This family-friendly Allentown vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Little Lehigh Creek and PPL Center. Allentown Fairgrounds and Muhlenberg College are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
great vibes
"only concern was the basement door was open when we walked in and we closed it and left back out but when we came back it was open again but this time with the light on also we heard female laughter in the morning and everyone was asleep and the tv was off"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2021

Allentown's Historic Hidden Gem
Cozy Allentown Townhouse 2 Mi to Hamilton District
Cozy Allentown Townhouse 2 Mi to Hamilton District
Allentown, PA
Situated in Allentown, this vacation home is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Coca-Cola Park and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from PPL Center. Jordan Creek and Allentown Lehigh Canal ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (20 reviews)
Excellent Comfort and Location
"Half way between the downtowns of Atoan and Beth. Cozy and safe neighborhood. Only gripe is that you have you make an account at Evolve to find check in details and getting a human on their call service can be tough. Once I did, they emailed me the instructions, but this shoild be thr default or ..."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Cozy Allentown Townhouse 2 Mi to Hamilton District
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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