In eastern Pennsylvania, on the eastern edge of Allentown, is the town of Bethlehem. This historic town was founded in 1741, making it one of the oldest towns in Pennsylvania. Right at home in the Lehigh Valley, cut in half by the Lehigh River, and even home to Lehigh University, Bethlehem offers visitors a rare glimpse at many points in American history. In just a short 20-minute drive, you can see old colonial buildings, Industrial-Age smokestacks, and the various modern art installments and murals. On top of that, Pennsylvania is packed with natural beauty that is sure to leave any outdoor adventurer star-struck (just look toward the mountains when you’re on Main Street, and you’ll see the giant Bethlehem star); there is never a wrong time to rent an RV in Bethlehem.
If you don’t feel like driving your RV rental in Bethlehem, then you can hitch a ride on one of the buses operated by the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority. They will get you to many key points in Bethlehem as well as several of the surrounding towns.
When you book an RV in Northampton County, you open yourself up to a world of history, rolling hills and river valleys, and home-cooked food. With so much to explore in this Pennsylvanian town, you will never have a dull moment.
The Great Outdoors
Just a short drive south of town is Nockamixon State Park near Quakertown. Nockamixon is home to Lake Nockamixon and the surrounding forests that encircle this local jewel. Visitors can rent a boat and explore the lake or head out on the 25 miles of trails and explore the forest and surrounding ecosystem. If you’re visiting in the winter, some of the mountain biking trails are turned into cross-country skiing trails, so you will still be able to enjoy the beauty of the park.
A little to the north of town is Beltzville State Park in Lehighton. Nestled in the southern reaches of the Poconos foothills, Beltzville is home to Pohopoco Creek and Beltzville Lake, which is believed to have some of the best trout fishing in the entire state. If fishing isn’t your idea of fun, you can head out on the 15 miles of trails that trace through the park. You will be treated to waterfalls, scenic lake views, and even historical sites.
Also just a quick drive north of Bethlehem is Lehigh Gorge State Park in Weatherly. If you enjoy recreational water activities, then Lehigh Gorge is the place for you. Here, you can enjoy whitewater rafting, whitewater boating, or fishing. You will be able to head down the river and enjoy the scenic views of the gorge and forests. If you’d rather stay dry, you can head out on the 20-mile trail that carves itself along the edge of the river, so you’ll still get those one-of-a-kind views.
When you rent an RV in Bethlehem, be sure to secure a campground site or two during your eastern Pennsylvanian journey. Luckily enough, there are a few campgrounds in the area worth considering.
Just a short drive south of Bethlehem is the Little Red Barn Campground. At Little Red Barn, guests will have access to water/electric sites, restroom and shower facilities, and laundry facilities. Guests will also have access to Wi-Fi and a game room.
Also just south of town is the Quakerwoods Campground. At Quakerwoods, guests will have access to full or water/electric hookups, restroom and shower facilities, and laundry facilities. Guests will also have access to a playground and game room.
Explore the City
When you book an RV rental in Bethlehem, allow yourself some extra time to explore the local area. Bethlehem is one of the oldest towns in Pennsylvania, so you are sure to learn a lot about Pennsylvanian and local industrial history.
Right in the center of town, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts is made up of three homes from the 1800s. Inside these historic homes, you can wander through the rooms and hallways and marvel at the framed artwork, many pieces of handmade furniture, and various German textiles. You will be able to glean so much about the cultural history of the area just by spending an afternoon at the museum.
At the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, you will be able to walk the halls of Bethlehem’s oldest building. You will also be able to learn more about the day-to-day life of the early beginnings of the community. This national landmark encompasses several buildings that help tell the story of the early days of Bethlehem.
If you want to learn a little more about the nitty-gritty side of history, then visit the National Museum of Industrial History. At NMIH, you can learn all about the significant technologic advances of the industrial and post-industrial age. You will also get to learn all about the pivotal role that Bethlehem played in the American industrial revolution.
When you find yourself needing to restock and refuel your RV rental in Bethlehem, you will have no difficulty finding gas stations or grocery stores.
When visiting eastern Pennsylvanian, be sure to enjoy some of that famed Pennsylvanian Dutch and Pennsylvanian German home cooking. You likely won’t find better apple pie or sausages anywhere else in the country.