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Allentown Travel Guide, Pennsylvania

Allentown, PA US –Overview: Well-tossed cocktail of nature, art, culture & commerce

Occupying the third place on Pennsylvania’s map as its most populous city, the city of Allentown is part of Lehigh County. The city is a well-tossed cocktail of nature, art, culture and commerce.. It is surrounded by the breathtakingly beautiful Blue Mountains and has well maintained water bodies. A primary commercial and government center, it was during its foundation largely occupied by religious groups from Germany. With many reputed educational institutes, a popular art academy and the Zion Reformed Church that add to its glory, this metropolitan city has much to its credit.


Allentown’s climate is broadly continental in nature. Summers are marked with high temperatures reaching up to 30.0°C or above while winters can easily fall down to low temperatures of −6 °C. While there are chances of snowfalls in winter, the city easily faces up to 140 days of rainfall equally spread around the year.

How Allentown was incorporated?

Allentown is mentioned with regard to the Liberty Bell, which was hidden in its premises during the American Revolutionary War. While William Allen established the city in 1762 as Northampton, it was later renamed in 1838 as Allentown in his honor. The town was officially given the status of a city on March 12, 1867.


A major iron and mining center, Allentown has undergone a drastic change over the years. While it earlier was exposed only to local markets, it has undergone tremendous growth in a short span of time. Right from the manufacturing to the service industry, the city has made significant contributions in the field of commerce.

Apart from rapid growth and development in its iron industry, Allentown is also home to some of the most reputed breweries like the Neuweiler Brewery and the Horlacher Brewery. While the 20th century saw the rise and fall of its silk and textile industry, the city once again concentrated on heavy industrial manufacturing and at present can be predominantly said to have a diverse economy with a rapidly growing service industry.


The city of Allentown is connected to the world via the Lehigh Valley International Airport, which is at a short distance of five kilometers from Allentown. It also has a two-runway airport, the Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport, which is used for private aviation.

Allentown is linked to its neighboring cities like New York and Harrisburg via four expressways and has a well-laid railroad infrastructure for the same purpose.

Traveling within the boundaries of this landscaped city is easy with a convenient public bus system called LANTA and various other private bus lines that serve the city. Apart from bus lines, the city also has taxis and rental cars that provide easy transportation.

Pay a visit to this city today and enjoy the blend of nature, art, culture and commerce that prevails there.
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