Allentown, Pennsylvania is one the country’s oldest cities, founded back in the late 1700s. The city has the distinction of being the location where Americans hid the Liberty Bell from the British during the Revolutionary War (so the redcoats wouldn’t melt it down to make cannonballs).
These days you can visit Trout Hall, built in 1770 by James Hall, the town’s founder. Or, you can drive down Albertus L. Meyers Bridge, which at the time it was built in 1913 was the longest concrete arch bridge in the world.
Nestled between two mountain ridges in Lehigh Valley, Allentown features a striking natural beauty. Hiking and cycling clubs thrive. You can find a park on nearly every corner. Trexler Park is a popular spot, and in the summer, you can splash around Lake Muhlenberg at Cedar Beach Park in a paddleboat.
Allentown is also home to two minor league sports teams. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are a Triple-A baseball team and an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The other team, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, played their first game in 2014.
The city also shows a deep appreciation for the arts. The Allentown Symphony Orchestra regularly performs at the Miller Symphony Hall. You can also catch a play at the Nineteenth Street Theater, where local actors have been performing for over 80 years.
Americans’ innate fascination with motor vehicles runs strong in Allentown. America On Wheels, a museum of over-the-road transportation, features exhibits on nearly everything that rolls on wheels. Allentown is also home to the Mack Truck Historical Museum, featuring an antique sightseeing bus that originally gave tours of Chicago and New Orleans in the early 1900s.
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