Allentown, PA

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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, 18109
The price is $75 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
$75
per night
Feb 6 - Feb 7
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Allentown. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3/5 (1,037 reviews)
"Just a nice average place"

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2023

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, 18109
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $112 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$112
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Allentown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,053 reviews)
"Great stay, close to major highways. Easy in and out."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Hilton Garden Inn Allentown Bethlehem Airport
Holiday Inn Express Allentown North, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Allentown North, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1715 Plaza Lane, Allentown, PA, 18104
The price is $96 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
$96
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Allentown. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (800 reviews)
"Ladies at the front freak are super sweet."

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2023

Holiday Inn Express Allentown North, an IHG Hotel
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A-Town’s Finest Modern apt - Free parking
A-Town’s Finest Modern apt - Free parking
Allentown, PA
Stay at this apartment in Allentown. Enjoy WiFi, a TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Miller Symphony Hall and PPL Center are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
A-Town’s Finest Modern apt - Free parking
Cozy Allentown Townhouse 2 Mi to Hamilton District
Cozy Allentown Townhouse 2 Mi to Hamilton District
Allentown, PA
Stay at this vacation home in Allentown. Enjoy private yards, an in-room DVD player, and a patio. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (23 reviews)
Great house!
"Everything was well organized and they had a book explaining the rules for check out"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2022

Cozy Allentown Townhouse 2 Mi to Hamilton District
The Allentown Whitehouse
The Allentown Whitehouse
Allentown, PA
Stay at this vacation home in Allentown. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Little Lehigh Creek and Soldiers and Sailors Monument ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Home away from home
"Shaking to Jose the owner and how welcoming he was previous to check in made a huge difference. Communication was on point and always attentive and helpful. The property itself was clean, comfortable, accommodating and perfect for the out of city experience that we so needed! The bedrooms were adequate ..."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

The Allentown Whitehouse
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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