Conveniently located in the Lehigh Valley, an hour from Philadelphia and an hour and a half from New York City, Allentown is a great place to live and work. The city is two hours from beautiful beaches in New Jersey, and a little over an hour from the Pocono Mountains with great spots for hiking, boating and skiing, as well as the well-known Pocono Raceway. Allentown is easily accessible by major highways and an international airport. Its hospitals rank among the nation’s top, and its educational systems and institutions are exceptional. On a per capita basis, it boasts the largest park system in the country.
You can go from downtown Allentown, where a great rebirth is taking place, to rolling Pennsylvania farmland in 15 minutes. The city is home to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple A baseball team, and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. It also boasts a first-class art museum and a top symphony orchestra. Other attractions include Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, one of the country’s top amusement and water parks, and the Allentown Fairgrounds home to the Great Allentown Fair as well as a weekly farmers market featuring 50 local merchants.
Steeped in history, the Lehigh Valley is tucked amid the Appalachian foothills of Eastern Pennsylvania. It was a birthplace of the country’s industrial revolution, integral in the early production of iron ore, cement, textiles, and later steel. Allentown was the place the Liberty Bell was hidden during the Revolutionary War. Neighboring Bethlehem, “The Christmas City,” was founded by Moravians and hosts Musikfest, North America’s largest musical festival. Easton, the smallest of the valley’s three cities, is a charming riverside town, located on the New Jersey border at the convergence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers.
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