When people go to a new place they tend to look for a few things: a central attraction within the city, a place to stay that’s close to that attraction, and a variety of available activities within the area to fulfill their stay. And while some choose to go to popular tourist hotspots like New York City, LA, Miami, and so on, many are flocking to hidden gems around America that aren’t overrun with millions of people. For those in the latter group of travelers, or people looking to move out of their current city, we present to you Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

NO. 25 – BETHLEHEM IS NOT TOO LARGE

No. 25 - Bethlehem is Not too Large

First of all, Bethlehem is not one of those huge, bustling cities that barrages its visitors with loud noises, rude locals, and a lack of hospitality. In fact, upon driving or flying into Bethlehem, you may feel as if you’ve always lived in this quiet valley town.

NO. 24 – BETHLEHEM IS NOT TOO SMALL

No. 24 - Bethlehem is Not Too Small

For the sake of those who might feel they have taken the wrong exit into a small, tight-knit community when they leave the interstate, you can be assured that Bethlehem may not be a large, metropolitan city, but it is also no one-horse town. There are plenty of places to go and sights to see in Bethlehem, and it takes roughly a weekend to see them all.

NO. 23 – HOME OF PEEPS

No. 23 - Home of Peeps

While you may not be a fanatic of the year-round Easter treat known as Peeps, if you travel to Bethlehem for New Year’s you’ll have the pleasure of seeing PEEPSFEST. This festival features multiple sculptures made entirely of the marshmallow snack, as well as live music, a dog sled team, and live penguins. And at the end of the night on December 31st, if you usually watch the ball drop on TV, you can see a giant Peep drop at midnight to set off the New Year during a fireworks display.

NO. 22 – HOME TO MANY HISTORIC BUILDINGS

No. 22 - Home to Many Historic Buildings

Bethlehem is one of the oldest cities in America, and because of that there are many historic landmarks within the city such as the Keystone Pub in the former city of Butztown, and Bethlehem Steel – the one-time source of most of the country’s steel. If you’re not a history buff and don’t feel like taking a tour or visiting some of these locations, you can still enjoy their colonial architecture as you drive past them.

NO. 21 – COLONIAL ATMOSPHERE

No. 21 - Colonial Atmosphere

If you decide to go down Bethlehem’s beautiful and picturesque Main Street, you can do so in a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy the many family-owned shops and pubs in the area rolling along cobblestone streets. While in center city, you’ll see that many of the nineteenth century brownstones are still in use as commercial and residential properties.

 

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