Bethlehem  is a city in Pennsylvania, located along the Lehigh River 50 miles north of Philadelphia and 70 miles west of New York City. It is part of the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area, along with Allentown and Easton.
The town was originally settled by a small group of Moravians (a persecuted Protestant religious group from modern-day Germany and Czech Republic) led by Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf in 1741. As the story goes, Bethlehem was founded on Christmas Eve, and the town was named for Jesus' birthplace, Bethlehem, Israel, because it was mentioned in the Christmas carols that were sung by the Moravians. During the Industrial Revolution it became home to one of the largest steel companies in the world, Bethlehem Steel, and its main manufacturing plant. Alas, the company went bankrupt in the 1990s, closing the steel plant and setting off a temporary local downturn. Today, the town has a population of about 73,000, and is a thriving town with a beautiful historic district, many cultural events, two colleges within center city, and a large casino/entertainment complex.
The Visitor's Center is located in the Historic District at 505 Main St., offering general information along with walking tours, literature, and the general gamut of tourist office services.
Lehigh Valley International Airport (IATA: ABE)  serves the greater Lehigh Valley metropolitan area and is located about 10 to 15 minutes north of downtown Bethlehem by car. It is served by several legacy carriers, including Delta Connection, , Continental Express , United Express , and US Airways . Each offers several daily flights to their Eastern U.S. hubs. Air Canada Jazz  offers flights to Toronto, and the airport usually has at least one low-cost airline with service to Orlando-Sanford. At present, there are two; Allegiant Air  and Direct Air . The airline(s) flying this route tends to change fairly often; when one budget startup goes out of business, the airport tends to replace it with another one within a few months.
The airport is on the outskirts north of the town. Take Airport Road south and get on Route 22 east; get off at the next exit for Schoenersville Road. Make a left at the end of the ramp, and follow the road until it becomes Elizabeth Avenue, at which point you are now in Bethlehem. To get to the south side, take the Route 378 exit instead of Schoenersville. When the expressway ends, make a left at the light onto S. 4th St; you are now in the south side neighborhood.
Other airports in the general vicinity are Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL) and Newark International Airport (IATA: EWR). As these are hubs for major airlines, and generally speaking much larger airports, flying into Philly or New York can save you a bundle. Expect a 90-minute drive from Philadelphia and about 2 hours from Newark, depending on traffic.
Bethlehem is easily accessible by car from virtually any direction.
- I-78 is the main interstate through Bethlehem, connecting it with New York City to the east and Allentown and Harrisburg to the west. The Bethlehem exit is Route 412; turn right at the bottom of the ramp, regardless of which direction you came from.
- I-476, locally referred to as "The Turnpike", is the main interstate and toll road traveling North-South, going from outside Philadelphia to the Poconos. Get off at the Lehigh Valley Interchange (Exit 56) and continue east on Route 22, which runs through the town. Be aware that this not the Pennsylvania Turnpike, but the Northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, but you can go between the two roads without paying the toll. Do not lose your ticket; you will be charged the maximum toll.
- US-22, colloquially "22," is the main highway through Bethlehem and the rest of Lehigh Valley. It runs parallel to I-78 for its length through Bethlehem. Rush hour traffic can be a hassle and the road is altogether congested, and there are local efforts to expand the road, which have not yet resulted in any construction.
- PA-378 runs from US-22 in the north to PA-309 in Center Valley. The portion north of the Lehigh River is a freeway, but it turns into a congested city street on the South Side. After Bethlehem, it is a 2 to 3 lane road.
Several companies offer daily coach service to Bethlehem. Buses depart from the Park & Ride at I-78 and Route 412 in south Bethlehem, which can be reached by local mass transit.
- Bieber Tours 1 800 BIEBER 4 http://www.biebertourways.com Bieber runs buses several times daily between Bethlehem and Philadelphia's Greyhound Bus Station.
- Trans-Bridge Lines 1 610 868 6001 http://www.transbridgelines.com Trans-Bridge operates busses to several points in New York. The "New York" bus stops at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, but there are also services to the major airports.
There are several ways to get around Bethlehem, depending on where you are and where you're intending to go. If you're sticking to the downtown areas, you can easily cover it on foot. It's important to realize that there are two downtown areas. "Downtown" usually refers to the historic district on the northern side of the River, centered along Main Street. However, it can also refer to the area on the south side along 3rd/4th St. on the other side of the Lehigh River, usually referred to as "South Side". Both can be covered on foot, but to go between them probably requires a car/bus. You can walk it, but it is a little more than a mile walk, most of it over the Hill-to-Hill bridge. Your best bet for parking downtown is the North Street garage, a short walk from the historic district (downtown). If your travel involves going to other residential neighborhoods or neighboring towns, it's probably best to go by car, bus, or taxi.
Driving is relatively easy in the Allentown/Bethlehem area, when compared to Philadelphia or New York City roads. The highways and expressways can be very congested at rush hour, and local drivers on US 22, I-78, PA 33, PA 309 and PA 378 can be reckless and exceed the speed limit at times. Local streets can be clogged at rush hour, mostly on the South Side. Some roads are not for an unexperienced driver. Rental car companies can be found at the Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Bethlehem has many lots and a few public garages to park in. The North Street and Walnut Street garages are located in Center City, and the Riverport garage is located on the South Side. The rate is $1 per hour, or $6 maximum rate (all day). For details, including directions and a complete list of parking lots and garages, the Bethlehem Parking Authority's website is listed here. In addition to garages and lots, metered parking is available throughout the city. The rate is $0.50 per hour from 8am-9pm.
- Lehigh and Northampton County Transportation Authority (LANTA) provides affordable bus transportation in and around Bethlehem and the surrounding cities of Allentown and Easton. LANTA provides a Metro Plus service for those who are unable to ride the regular Metro due to disability or requirement of special attention. Schedules are available online. The majority of LANTA buses serve mainly to link the three downtown areas of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, and if you're not staying/going in these areas, the bus service can be impractical. Service centers around the main depot at Broad & Guetter Streets, and fans out in every direction. The cost is $2 a ride, $2.50 for a day pass, with discounts if you buy in bulk.
- The Bethlehem Loop is a shuttle bus from Center City to the South Side, including the Sands Casino Resort. The prices for each ride are the same as LANTA's bus fares. This will probably be the only bus you'll need if you're just touristing. 
Several taxicab companies are in the Lehigh Valley. Taxis do not often drive around the streets, like in New York City. In the Lehigh Valley, you will often need to call ahead and arrange for the taxicab to pick you up.
- Quick Service Taxi Co. provides service throughout Allentown and Bethlehem. They can be called at (610) 434-8132.
- Lehigh Valley Taxicab Co. operates out of Bethlehem and serves the Lehigh Valley. They can be contacted at (610) 867-5855.
The best way to see Bethlehem's Historic District is on foot. Just about all its notable landmarks are on Main St., or close to it. When referring to places along Main, "the top" of Main is at the intersection of Main and Broad, which is on top of a hill; "the bottom" is at the Brethren's House, and all points past there. If you want to walk to the South Side (not recommended; save your feet by forking over the two bucks for the bus), go over the bridge at the bottom of Main next to the Hotel Bethlehem. Make a left when you reach another bridge, the Hill-to-Hill Bridge. When you get to the end of the bridge, turn left on 3rd or 4th St. to reach the South Side. There are also several pathways which lead to the Monocacy Creek from Main St.
- Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St. 1 610 332 1300 http://www.bananafactory.org Gallery hours: 11-4 The Banana Factory is a community center for the arts located on Bethlehem's south side. What was once a banana warehouse has been renovated into space for two art galleries, classrooms and artists' studios. Offers daily guided tours and the Lehigh Valley's only glassblowing studio, and on the first Friday of every month there is an art showing. Unless you love art it's probably not worth a trip to the South Side by itself but if you're there already be sure to stop by.
- Burnside Plantation 1461 Schoenersville Road 1 610 691 6055 http://www.historicbethlehem.org/places/burnside-plantation/ This local plantation affords an excellent look at rural life in the Lehigh Valley beginning in the mid-18th century. The restored Moravian homestead highlights farm life and the region's industrial development through the mid-19th century. It not only makes the past come alive but provides a showcase for agriculture and craftsmanship of the era.
- Central Moravian Church 73 W. Church St. ''1'' 610 866 5661 http://www.centralmoravianchurch.org/ Recognized as the country's oldest Moravian Church.
- Colonial Industrial Quarter 459 Old York Road 1 610 691 6055 http://www.historicbethlehem.org/index.cfm?organization_id=127§ion_id=1925&page_id=8034 Free This area contains a few of Bethlehem's early buildings, like the 1761 Tannery, 1762 Waterworks (a National Historic Landmark), the 1869 Luckenbach Mill, and the Miller's House Garden (an 1870 Victorian garden). The area is right along the Monocacy Creek, so it's a great place to take a walk or even fish, right downtown (if you have a license).
- Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts 427 New St. 1 610 691 6055 Thu-Sat. 10-5; Sun 12-5 An interior designer's dream come true, the Kemerer Museum is dedicated to the history of decorating. There are various rooms dedicated to periods in history, with textiles, china, paintings and more. The Victorian gardens on the ground provide a welcome spot to relax.
- Moravian Museum of Bethlehem 66 W. Church St. http://www.historicbethlehem.org/index.cfm?organization_id=127§ion_id=1925&page_id=8031 F-Su 12PM-4PM For those interested in learning a bit about the history of Bethlehem, or the Moravian people or faith, this should be a stop on your tour. It's housed in the oldest building in Bethlehem, the 1741 Gemeinhaus. It's only open on the weekends, however.
- The Star of Bethlehem The Star of Bethlehem on top of South Mountain is lit year-round. It is visible from most parts of Bethlehem.
- 1751 Old Chapel Church St. & Heckewelder Pl. ''1'' 610 691 6055 http://www.bethlehempa.org/history/sites/ This Moravian Chapel was the second place of worship in Bethlehem's colonial era.
- 1758 Sun Inn 564 Main St. 1 610 866 1758 http://www.suninnbethlehem.org The 1758 Sun Inn is a restored 18th-century inn that once hosted guests such as George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette. It has been fully restored and now offers guided tours, which provide a rich history of 1700s Bethlehem. It can also can be rented and catered for private gatherings. The courtyard also hosts a summer concert series.
- 1810 Goundie House 501 Main St. 610-691-6055 www.historicbethlehem.org If you're on Main St., you'll probably walk by here. A nice little place to stop by with a few rotating exhibits, but not a destination itself. Beer enthusiasts take note though - Goundie was the town brewer back in the day.
- Self-guided tour books are available for purchase at the Visitor's Center located at 505 Main St.
- Historic Bethlehem Walking Tours 505 Main St. Apr-Nov 24: Tue-Sun 2:30pm Tours begin at the Visitor's Center and highlight the important historic sites.
- First Friday Southside Tours Banana Factory May-Oct: First Friday 6pm Tours begin at the Banana Factory and highlight the churches, architecture, and multiculturalism of the South Side.
- Segway Tours Apr-Oct: Sat 9am
- Bethlehem by Night Bus Tour 505 Main St. 610-691-6055 This seasonal tour runs throughout December on Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sun. at 5:30pm, 6:30, and 7:30pm. Tour includes a display of the Christmas City by bus.
- Old Bethlehem Walking Tour 610-691-6055 Tours run Nov 26-Dec 30. Sights include 18th century buildings and other historic sites.
- Old Fashioned Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Carriage rides last about 15 minutes and run from Nov 27-Dec 30.
If you were to give a typical building in each of Bethlehem's two main destinations, the Historic district would be "18th-century industrial museum" and the South Side would be "college bar" (or as of late, "casino"). If you don't fit either of those (and especially if you have kids) you'll still find stuff to do; you'll just need a car and maybe a GPS to get there. Most of the city's parks, recreational facilities, sports teams, etc. are on the outskirts of the city, and the bus system leaves a lot to be desired here.
- Bethlehem Municipal Golf Club 400 Illick's Mill Road 1 610 865 7079 http://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/parks/golf/index.htm Public golf course within the city. For those looking for just a round on the links on the cheap, the city course will do the trick. Also see Saucon Valley Country Club below.
- Bethlehem Skateplaza 1325 Steel Ave. http://bethlehemskateplaza.com/The new, 750 ft. long skateplaza offers BMX riders and skateboarders a safe place to ride. Located across from the Sands Casino.
- Dutch Springs 4733 Hanoverville Road 1 610 759 2270 http://www.dutchsprings.com Dutch Springs is an water/adventure park located on a 50-acre lake. It offers scuba diving, an Aqua Park filled with large inflatable objects, rock climbing and more. There are campgrounds on-site and they host picnics and parties.
- Illick's Mill Park One of Bethlehem's city parks, Illick's Mill Park offers ice skating (seasonal), pool (seasonal), the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Club (see above), a driving range, baseball fields, and a nature trail that runs along the Monocacy Creek.
- Lehigh Valley Outlawz 1 484 585 1081 http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?cmenuid=1&url=phillyoutlawz-org&sid=1052184608 The Outlawz are a minor league arena football team that plays in Stabler Arena. The team plays its season in the spring from March-June, and is the only minor league team in the city in any sport.
- Local High School Athletics http://www.lviac.net Free-$2Bethlehem's three largest high schools, Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty, all participate in the Lehigh Valley Conference, a highly competitive athletic division often ranked among the best in the state and nation. In 2008, Liberty High School won Pennsylvania's Division AAAA state championship in football. In addition to football, Bethlehem's girls and boys basketball and wrestling events are also very highly attended.
- Rose Garden Park 8th Ave. & Union Blvd. http://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/parks/services/index.htm Rose garden Park is located on 8th Ave and offers playgrounds, a bandshell where the Music in the Park concerts are held, and the DAR House, a replica of the first log cabin built in Bethlehem.
- Sand Island Park River & Main Sts. http://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/parks/services/index.htm Sand Island Park is located along the Lehigh River and offers playgrounds, hiking trails, basketball and tennis courts, and plenty of room for fishing.
- Sands Casino Resort 77 Sands Blvd 1 484 777 7777 http://www.pasands.com Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is a casino that has recently opened on the South Side. The under-construction casino complex will not be completely finished for a few years. The complex includes 3,000 slot machines, 89 tables, a 300-room hotel (May 2011), 200,000 square feet of retail space, over 40 stores at The Shoppes at Sands, 6 restaurants, 2 night clubs, a cineplex, 46,000 square feet of convention space, 18 meeting rooms, a concert hall, and a National Museum of Industrial History when everything is complete. The casino opened on May 22, 2009, but the rest of the complex opening is still far off.
- Saucon Valley Country Club 2050 Saucon Valley Road 1 610 758 7150 http://www.sauconvalleycc.org Saucon Valley Country Club is a world-class golf course just south of the city. The club's courses have been named among the best in the state, and the Old Course played host to the 2009 U.S. Women's Open. Inquire within for information on tee times and greens fees.
- Steel Ice Center 320 E. 1st St 1 610 625 4774 http://www.steelicecenter.com $3-6 The Steel Ice Center houses daily public indoor ice skating on the South Side, along with open hockey sessions.
- Annual Bethlehem Bach Festival Lehigh University ''1'' 888 743 3100 http://www.bach.org/calendar.html Free Takes place during the first weekends in May.
- Bethlehem Restaurant Week Downtown Bethlehem ''1'' 610 841 5831 http://bethlehemrestaurantweek.com/ January 31 through February 6.
- Blueberry Festival Burnside Plantation ''1'' 610 882 0450 http://www.historicbethlehem.org/index.cfm?organization_id=127§ion_id=1920 $8 The The Blueberry Festival is held each July and features a classic car show and various products made from blueberries.
- Celtic Classic http://www.celticclassic.org
Celtic Classic is an annual festival in Bethlehem celebrating Celtic heritage. The festival is host to the U.S. National Highland Games and provides an environment filled with a wide variety of traditional elements. Included are traditional musicians, food vendors, clothing vendors, artists, and more. If you have a kilt, wear it. For the adventurous, taste the haggis, a traditional Scottish dish.
- Christmas in July Sidewalk Sale Historic District & South Side ''1'' 610 841 5831 July 23-25, 2010. Stores feature many discounts and bargains during this 3-day event.
- Fireworks Sand Island Park ''1'' 610 865 7081 Fireworks are shot off from Sand Island Park on July 4th, the end of Musikfest, and New Year's Eve.
- Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show Stabler Center ''1'' 610 758 9691 http://glvautoshow.org/ $8 The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show runs from March 31-April 3, 2011. It is an annual display of over 200 vehicles.
- Harvest Festival Downtown Bethlehem ''1'' 610 841 5831 http://bethlehemharvestfestival.com/ Free Takes place at the beginning of October.
- Historic Bethlehem ArtWalk Downtown Bethlehem ''1'' 610 841 5831 Held on the last Saturday of the month, May-August. Local artists and musicians line the sidewalks during each ArtWalk.
- Historic Haunts of Downtown Bethlehem 428 Main St. ''1'' 610 866 5461 www.moravianbookshop.com Held Saturdays and Sundays in October, 2010. Hour-long ghostly walking tour.
- Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival 77 Sands Blvd. ''1'' 877 726 3777 Held June 5-6, 2010.
- Lehigh Valley Home Show Stabler Center ''1'' 610 432 4101 http://www.lvba.org/members/spring_home_show.aspx $6 The Lehigh Valley Home Show features builders and other home improvement ideas. It runs annually from April 3 to April 5.
- Loop-a-palooza City-wide ''1'' 610 751 4979 September 18, 2010. Hop-on and off the Bethlehem Loop and enjoy refreshments and music.
- Musikfest Downtown Bethlehem http://www.musikfest.org 12-10 Free Musikfest is an annual 10-day music festival that takes place in the beginning of August. Over 1 million people visit the festival every year. All of the hundreds of concerts, save the headlining acts, are free of charge, and take place at various "platzes" set up around the historic district. Past performers include Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Clinton, Ludacris and much more. The food is top-notch (if expensive) as well, with everything from fried oreos to gyros, and there are activities for children as well. Check out the polka tent for the festival's only dance floor and the famous "Chicken Lady," a local legend.
- Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/TrainingCamp.html Philadlelphia Eagles Training Camp is located at Lehigh University in South Bethlehem from July through August. Spectators can watch the Eagles practice and meet players on special autograph days. There are also activities for kids. Bring a cooler; temperatures reach into the 90s, and do not wear any other team's jersey unless you like getting heckled (or hospitalized) by notoriously rowdy Eagles fans. This is the best opportunity to see the Eagles close up, and it attracts thousands to each practice. Admission is free.
- Rooftop Beach Party North St Parking Garage ''1'' 610 841 5831 Tickets are $10 to get you into this party, bringing the beach to Bethlehem. Held July 9, 2010 from 5:30-8:30pm.
- Rooftop Fancy Flea Market North St Parking Garage ''1'' 610 841 5831 This flea market, held July 25, 2010, features many items at a small price.
- Russian Days Festival 980 Bridle Path Rd. ''1'' 610 867 0402 Celebrated at the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, this festival includes Russian food and beer, arts and crafts, and desserts. Admission is free. Held September 10-12, 2010.
- SouthSide Film Festival http://www.ssff.org/ The South Side Film Festival started in 2004, and takes place every June. Films of all genres are accepted from any type of filmmaker. The film screenings are at several venues on the Lehigh University campus.
- St. Nicholas Fall Greek Food Festival 1607 W. Union Blvd. ''1'' 610 867 1327 Local church festival featuring authentic Greek food. Held September 16-19, 2010.
Bethlehem is home to two major institutions of higher learning. The larger of the two is Lehigh University, with a student population of 6,500. It is largely known as an engineering school, and in athletics it has a storied wrestling program. The smaller is Moravian College, located in downtown. It is now a small liberal arts college, but it was once the first seminary for women in the U.S. when it was founded in 1742, making it the 6th oldest college in the country. Other smaller schools in Bethlehem are the International Institute for Restorative Practices and Northampton Community College, which has two campuses, Bethlehem Township and Southside.
The closure of Bethlehem Steel has left many workers to find new jobs in the past few years. The Sands Casino Resort offers many different jobs at its casino complex. Lehigh Valley Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital also provide many jobs.
Shopping (at least the outdoor, non-chain store variety) in Bethlehem centers on two streets; Main Street in the Historic District and 3rd Street on the South Side. Expect a fair share of mom-and-pop stores and art galleries. If you're just looking for a mall, Bethlehem has two, the Promenade Shops and the Westgate Mall. The former is new and somewhat ritzy; the latter is dead most of the time.
- Apotheca Salon & Boutique 101 E. Third St. ''1'' 484 821 1497 http://www.apothecasalon.com/ Mon. 9-5; Tue-Thurs. 9-8; Fri. 9-6; Sat. 9-3 Features facials, waxing, a color bar and products from Somme Institute, Davines, and USpa, and other accessories.
- Christkindlmarkt http://www.christmascity.org/ckm/2008.asp Thurs-Sat. 10-8; Su. 10-6. $8; 12 and under admitted free Christkindlmarkt is a holiday market, named among the world's best, open on weekends during the Christmas season. Handmade arts and crafts are for sale, as well as German and Austrian food, a celebration of the town's heritage.
- Cleo's Silversmith Studio and Gallery 21 E. Third St. ''1'' 610 868 7200 http://www.cleosgallery.com/ Cleo's has the largest selection of handcrafted jewelry in the area. Cleo's was voted best unique gift shop in the Valley.
- Donegal Square 534 Main St. ''1'' 610 866 3244 http://www.donegal.com/mysitecaddy/site3/ Mon-Thurs. 10-530; Fri. 10-8; Sat. 10-6; Sun. 11-4 Features celtic jewelry, music, food, and other Irish and British items.
- Main Street Commons Main St. http://www.themainstreetcommons.com/ A small, indoor shopping mall located at the corner of Main Street and West Broad Street. It features local crafts and stores, such as Aardvark, Franklin Hill Vineyards, and The Blue Cactus. Parking is available via a parking deck or on the street.
- Moravian Book Shop 428 Main St. ''1'' 610 866 5481 ''1'' 610 868 8330 http://www.moravianbookshop.com/ M-W 10-6, Th-Sa 10-8, Su 12-5 Moravian Book Shop is the oldest bookstore in the country, open since 1745. They sell mostly books, but also souvenirs and Moravian stars, which are popular during the Christmas season.
- The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley 2845 Center Valley Parkway 1 610 791 9707 http://www.thepromenadeshopsatsauconvalley.com Mon-Sat. 10-9. Sun. 11-6 The Promenade Shops is an outdoor mall and "lifestyle center." The stores are located just south of Bethlehem in a wealthy suburban area. The stores cater to an upscale taste and budget, with stores such as Coldwater Creek, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers and Fresh Market. The complex also contains restaurants and a movie theater.
- Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom 504 Main St. ''1'' 610 866 2615 http://www.seasonstaproom.com/ Carries a collection of olive oils and vinegars that you can taste before you buy.
- Westgate Mall 2285 Schoenersville Rd. +1 610 867-3333 http://www.westgatemall.com/ Mon-Sat. 10-9. Sun. 12-5. Westgate Mall is an indoor shopping mall, hosting anchors Bon-Ton and Weis Markets. It features over 40 stores and services. It is, to put it lightly, undercrowded, and probably not worth your time.
Downtown is where most of Bethlehem's most popular restaurants are located, but for the best bargains, you'll have to venture into the residential neighborhoods of the town. Generally speaking, the closer to the Historic District, the more expensive the restaurant, although you will find a few quirky cafes on Main St. Bethlehem's most popular upscale resaurants can be found on W. Broad St., known as "Restaurant Row."
- Becky's Corner Deli 3 W. Broad St ''1'' 610 317 8077 $3-10 A deli located inside the Plaza Mall that has coffee, tea, and deli sandwiches.
- Bethlehem Book Loft & Caffeine Cafe 501 E. Fourth St ''1'' 610 865 5989 $2-6 A great place on the South Side to read and drink a cup of coffee.
- Billy's Downtown Diner 10 E. Broad St +1 610 867 0105 http://www.billysdiner.com/ $5-15 One of the best diners in Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley, located in Center City.
- Blue Star Cafe 22 W. Fourth St +1 610 867 9390 http://www.theblueskycafe.com/ $4-14 A great cafe on the South Side to find a light, casual meal.
- The Cup at the Bethlehem Dairy Store 1430 Linden St ''1'' 610 691 8422 http://www.bethlehemdairystore.com $2-5The Dairy Store, sometimes called "The Cup" is the hot spot for ice cream, with 80 years of history and over 25 flavors. Lines can get long in the summertime, but it's well-worth the wait.
- Carl's Corner 2 W. Elizabeth Ave ''1'' 610 691 1541 Mon-Sat. 10:30-9 Located down the street from Moravian College's football field, steak sandwiches and subs offer an inexpensive postgame (or anytime) meal.
- Carlos's Spanish & American Food 515 Keystone Ave ''1'' 610 317 0677 Mon-Sat. 9-9, Sun. 9-6 Carlos's features Puerto Rican cuisine at a budget price. Located on the West Side, 2 blocks from Allentown.
- Deja Brew 101 W. 4th St ''1'' 610 865 2739 Mon-Sat. 10-7, Sun 10-6 $2-8Deja Brew is Lehigh U's local coffeeshop, frequented by students and staff alike. Penn State fans, watch the football game here; the owners are die-hard fans.
- Francisco's Salvadoreño Restaurant 100 E. Broad St ''1'' 610 866 3556 Mon-Fri. 8-8, Sat. 10-8, Sun. 2-8 $2-9Francisco's Salvadoreño Restaurant features Salvadoran food at a lower price.
- Goosey Gander II 102. W. 4th St ''1'' 610 868 0176 http://thegoose.com $4-6 A student favorite, the Goose offers delicious subs at great prices. Make sure to look at the various "specials" posted on signs behind the counter.
- Hard Bean 201 E. Third St ''1'' 610 419 9833 http://www.hardbeancoffee.com/ $2-7
- Java's Brewin' 1 E. Broad St ''1'' 610 419 9712 $2-9 Located in Center City in the newly built East Broad Building.
- The Java Mill 81 W. Broad St ''1'' 610 866 3901 $2-6 Located in Center City, just east of Main Street.
- La Lupita 4 W. 4th St ''1'' 610 868 5733 11-10 $2-9 Located on the South Side near Lehigh University, this family-run Mexican restaurant is known for guacamole and tortillas.
- Lehigh Pizza 13 W. 3rd St ''1'' 610 866 1088 http://www.lehighpizza.com $7-21 per pie Lehigh Pizza is one of many Bethlehem pizzerias, but it is one of the best on the South Side. Located next to the Banana Factory.
- Mayflower Lunch 622 W. Broad St ''1'' 610 691 8111 $5-15 Located on the West Side, just a few blocks west of the Downtown area. Offers breakfast and lunch in a "Brooklyn Diner" type setting.
- MachPiccu Peruvian Restaurant 1330 E. 4th St ''1'' 610 865 5838 $3-9 Located on the South Side, MachPiccu brings a piece of Peru to Bethlehem with this authentic restaurant.
- Potts' Hot Dogs 114 W. Fairview St ''1'' 610 865 6644 $1-5Potts' (pronounced "Pott-zees") is, as anyone in Bethlehem will tell you, probably the best hot dog in the Lehigh Valley. The dogs are super cheap too.
- Starbucks Coffee 3209 Schoenersville Rd ''1'' 610 264 1405 http://www.starbucks.com/retail/find/storedetails.aspx?sid=104019&coords=Bethlehem,%20PA $2-8 One more in the chain that features Wi-Fi and drive-through service as well as tables inside.
- Tulum 17 W. Morton St ''1'' 610 691 8300 Mon-Fri. 11-9, Sat. 12-9 Tulum is good for Mexican eats on the cheap, and they also have many vegetarian options.
- Wildflower Cafe & Gallery 316 S. New St ''1'' 610 758 8303 http://www.myspace.com/wildflowercafe
- Wired Gallery and Cafe 520 Main St ''1'' 610 317 8010 Mon-Thu 7-9, Fri 7-11, Sat 9-11, Sun 9-6 Cafe featuring drinks an desserts.
- The Wise Bean Coffee & Espresso Bar 634 N. New St ''1'' 610 867 5010 http://www.wisebean.com $1-6The Wise Bean is a very relaxed coffeehouse downtown. It's a great place to get some work done; they'll even pop in your favorite CD if you ask.
- Alando 520 Main St 1 610 317 2009 alandoscuisine.com Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun 12-8 $10-19 Alando features Kenyan cuisine. Also offers catering.
- Anna Bella Ristorante 4505 Bath Pike 1 610 317 8405 www.annabellaristorante.com $13-23 Anna Bella's has some pretty darned good Italian food on the outskirts of town. The pizzas are recommended, and they do takeout too.
- Bethlehem Brew Works 569 Main St ''1 610'' 882 1300 http://www.thebrewworks.com/bethlehem-brew-works/ 11 AM-2 AM $9-20The Brew Works is an industrial-themed restaurant with its own microbrewery on site. Serves standard American fare, but with a German influence, such as Wiener schnitzel and sauerkraut.
- Cactus Blue 2915 Schoenersville Rd ''1'' 610 814 3000 http://cactusblue.biz/ Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10, Closed Sunday $9-15Cactus Blue has been voted as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Lehigh Valley.
- Confetti Cafe 462 Main St ''1 610'' 861 7484 http://www.confetticafe.net $7-15Confetti Cafe is a traditional cafe featuring soups, lunch and dinner entrees, and 28 flavors of ice cream.
- Europa Barbeque 954 Pembroke Rd ''1'' 610 814 6870 10-9 $7-14Europa Barbeque features Portuguese cuisine.
- Main St. Depot 61 W. Lehigh St ''1 610'' 868 7123 $16-25The Main St. Depot is housed in a former train station; naturally there's a railroad theme to go along with the steaks here.
- Nawab Indian Restaurant 13 E. 4th St ''1 610'' 691 0388 11:30-7:30 $9-15Nawab is one of only a handful of local Indian restaurants. Eat in at the buffet, or takeout if you prefer.
- Rockn' Joe 1 W. Broad St ''1'' 610 882 3500 http://www.rocknjoe.net/ $8-$15Another location of the small chain, featuring mostly sandwiches and coffee.
- Starter's Pub & Grille 3731 Route 378 ''1 610'' 997 5454 http://www.starterspub.com $8-25Starter's original location on route 378, just over the South Mountain. Offering sports bar atmosphere and pub fare. Also has another location at the Bethlehem Golf Club.
- Starter's Riverport 17 W. 2nd St ''1 610'' 625 2300 1 610 625 2310 http://www.startersriverport.com $7-25Starter's is a sports bar on the South Side that serves much more than typical bar food. A great place to watch the big game (most TVs in the Lehigh Valley) or to bring kids (with a huge two-floor game room).
- Tortilla Flat 500 Main St ''1 610'' 868 8903 http://www.tortillaflatinc.com Mon-Fri. 11-10; Sat. 9-10; Sun. 9-8. Authentic Mexican cuisine including fajitas, burritos, and enchiladas.
- Apollo Grill 85 W. Broad St 1 610 865 9600 1 610 865 9800 http://www.apollogrill.com 11-10 $20-40The Apollo Grill has been consistently rated as one of the Lehigh Valley's top restaurants. They serve contemporary American cuisine, and reservations are recommended.
- blue Grillhouse 4431 Easton Ave 1 610 691 8400 http://www.bluegrillhouse.com Mon-Thurs. 11:30-10, Fri. 11:30AM-12PM, Sa 4PM-mid, Su Noon-9PM $20-30blue Grillhouse is an upscale-casual restaurant with an extensive wine bar, serving steaks and seafood. Located outside of Bethlehem in neighboring Bethlehem Township, it is a 15-minute drive from city center which will lead you to its strip-mall location. Don't be fooled by the surroundings; it is one of the best. Patio seating available.
- Carnegie Deli 77 Sands Blvd 1 484 777 7777 http://www.pasands.com/dine/carnegie-deli.aspx $20-40One of the few locations in the county, based on the New York original.
- Edge 74 W. Broad St ''1 610'' 814 0100 http://www.edgerestaurant.net Mon-Sat., opening at 5. Bar opens at 4. $26-30Asian fusion is what's on the menu at Edge, a great place for a swanky dinner date. Or, grab a martini at the lounge. Located inside the Liberty Place building at Broad and Main Streets.
- Emeril's Chop House 77 Sands Blvd. ''1 484'' 777 7777 http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/17/Emerils-Chop-House/welcome Open Daily, 6pm-10pm $26-40 Emeril Lagasse's first restaurant in the Northeast features steaks, seafood, and signature appetizers and sides. Despite all the glitz and the big name, the food isn't exactly worth all you pay for it. Take note, if you are under 21 you will be escorted to the restaurant and from the restaurant by security, since the restaurant is located inside the Sands Casino Resort.
- Shula's Steak House 2960 Center Valley Pkwy. ''1 610'' 841 5600 http://www.donshula.com/locations.php?l=1&restid=172 Mon-Sun 4pm-11pm. Lunch Sundays 11:30am-4pm. $27-35Don Shula's famous steakhouse is located at the Promenade Shops. Great for beef and football lovers, but otherwise a "pay-for-the-name" sort of place.
- Starfish Brasserie 51 W. Broad St ''1 610'' 332 8888 http://www.starfishbrasserie.com Mon-Thurs. 5-9:30, Fri. & Sat. 5-10, Sun. 5-8. $21-30Starfish serves up seafood like no other spot in the Valley, as evidenced by its many local awards.
With thousands of college students attending Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Northampton Community College, Bethlehem has its fair share of bars. Most are located on the South Side (close to the school) on 3rd and 4th Sts. You can find places to have a drink downtown too, but these cater more towards a more touristy, older crowd. The Historic District, particularly Main St., is well-preserved and clean, and the city government prefers to keep it that way; head to the South Side for a more uptempo scene, and stick to downtown for a more relaxed atmosphere.
- 40Below Nightclub & Lounge 40 W. Broad St ''1'' 610 865 5640 http://www.club40below.com/ Newer nightclub where such artists as Jason Derulo have performed.
- Diamonz Bar & Nightclub 1913 W. Broad St ''1'' 610 865 1028 http://www.diamonz.net/ LGBT bar and nightclub.
- The Funhouse Pub 5 E. 4th St ''1'' 610 868 5311 http://www.funhousepub.com For the best local bands, The Funhouse Pub is the place to go. Located a block down from Lehigh University.
- GLOW Gentlemens Club & Bar 3868 Route 378 ''1'' 610 866 2110 http://glowgentlemensclub.com/ Changed names from Reflections Gentlemen's Club.
- Godfrey Daniels 7 E. 4th St ''1'' 610 867 2390 http://www.godfreydaniels.org Godfrey Daniels is a non-profit, member-supported listening club on the south side. The acts focus on folk, but jazz, early rock-and-roll, and blues are also sometimes offered.
- JP McGrady's 117 E. 3rd St ''1'' 610 868 9625 JP McGrady's is a popular bar for Lehigh students to grab a drink; expect crowds on weekends.
- Keystone Pub 3259 Easton Avenue (610) 814-0400 http://www.keystonepub.com/ 11AM-2AM A pub remodeled from a historic inn. Monday night is Wing Night, featuring 40 cent wings. Good bar food. Great place for a drink.
- Looper's Bar and Grille 313 E. 3rd St ''1'' 610 882 2424 $5-10Looper's is a golf-themed, business casual upscale bar with cigar and wine bars, and over 150 martinis available.
- Ripper's Pub 77 W. Broad St ''1'' 610 866 6466 11AM-2AM Average Drink: $2If you're just looking for a hole-in-the-wall to grab a beer near Main St., Ripper's is probably your best bet.
- Sands Casino Resort 77 Sands Blvd ''1'' 484 777 7777 http://www.pasands.com/ The Sands features the '''Molten Lounge''', '''St. James Gate''', '''Coil''', and '''Infusion'''.
- Steelgaarden 569 Main St 610 882 $4-16Steelgaarden is a lounge located inside the Bethlehem Brew Works, with a large drink menu and six beers brewed onsite.
- Tally-Ho Tavern 205 W. 4th St ''1'' 610 865 2591 http://www.tallyhotavern.com $9-15The Tally-Ho's motto is "We try to be all things to all people," and they cater to locals, Lehigh students, and everyone else at this charming pub. While anyone is admitted at the Tally-Ho, this place is best if you are drinking shots. Lots of them.
- Your Welcome Inn 325 S. New St ''1'' 610 868 8887 Your Welcome Inn is the local scene/dive bar, close to downtown.
A number of hotels are located on Airport Road near LVIA and the immediate areas surrounding it. Most hotels are located on the outskirts of town along Route 22. If you're going downtown figure about a 10-15 minute drive, cab, or bus ride. For those who would prefer to stay downtown, the Comfort Suites on the SouthSide of downtown Bethlehem and the Hotel Bethlehem on the North side are your two options; the locations are great and are some of the best places to stay in the entire city.
- Golden View Motel 5090 Bath Pike ''1'' 610 837 6300 $80
- Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center 300 Gateway Dr ''1'' 610 866 5800 ''1'' 610 867 9120 http://www.lehighvalleyhotel.com/ 3 PM 12 PM $99
- Bethlehem Inn 476 N. New St ''1'' 610 867 4985 ''1'' 610 974 8019 http://bethleheminn.thegranolafactory.com/ 4 PM 11 AM $99-175
- Comfort Inn 3191 Highfield Drive ''1'' 610 865 6300 ''1'' 610 861 5074 http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-bethlehem-pennsylvania-PA400?promo=gglocal 2 PM 12 PM $90
- Comfort Suites 120 W. 3rd St ''1'' 610 882 9700 ''1'' 610 882 4389 http://www.comfortsuitesbethlehem.com 3 PM 12 PM $129 The Comfort Suites is one of the few hotels on the South Side, and it is located close to Lehigh University.
- Courtyard Marriott Allentown Bethlehem/Route 22 2160 Motel Drive, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 610-317-6200 http://www.marriott.com/ABECY 3 PM 12 PM $132-$169
- Courtyard Marriott Bethlehem/I-78 2220 Emrick Blvd. Reservations : 610-625-9500, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ''1'' 610 625 9500 http://www.bethlehemcourtyard.com $140-$190 Courtyard by Marriott Bethlehem Lehigh Valley / I-78 is a new hotel in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with deluxe lodging and suites, indoor swimming pool, wireless Internet access and meeting space. Located at the Route 33 and Freemansburg Ave. interchange, close to Interstate 78.
- Extended StayAmerica 3050 Schoenersville Rd ''1'' 610 866 8480 http://www.extendedstayamerica.com $119 Extended StayAmerica is located close to the Lehigh Valley International Airport.
- Fairfield Inn & Suites 2140 Motel Drive ''1'' 610 865 5000 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/abefi-fairfield-inn-and-suites-allentown-bethlehem-route-22/ $119
- Fifth Street Hotel 716 E. 5th St ''1'' 610 867 8681 ''1'' 610 758 9000 3 PM 12 PM $109
- Hampton Inn & Suites 200 Gateway Dr ''1'' 610 868 2442 http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml;jsessionid=WWX02NXKHHEOECSGBJC32EQ?ctyhocn=BLMPAHX 3 PM 12 PM $99-$159
- Holiday Inn Express and Suites 3375 High Point Blvd ''1'' 610 882 2255 ''1'' 610 882 1381 http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ex/1/en/hotel/blmrt?_requestid=332928 3 PM 11 AM $105
- Holiday Inn Express and Suites 2201 Cherry Ln ''1'' 610 838 6110 http://www.ichotelsgroup.com $110
- Homewood Suites by Hilton 2031 Avenue C ''1'' 610 264 7500 http://www.bethlehemairport.homewoodsuites.com $110
- Residence Inn by Marriott Allentown Bethlehem/Route 22 2180 Motel Drive, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018 ''1'' 610-317-2662 http://www.marriott.com/ABERI 3 PM 12 PM $167
- Value Place 4016 Christian Spring Rd, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18020 http://www.valueplace.com/extended-stay-hotels/locations/location-search/# Located just off the 22/191 interchange.
- Wydnor Hall Inn Old Philadelphia ''1'' 610 867 6851 http://www.bedandbreakfast.com $75-$150
- Hotel Bethlehem 437 Main Street 1 800 607 2384 email@example.com ''1'' 610 625 2218 http://www.hotelbethlehem.com/ 3 PM 11 AM $169 Hotel Bethlehem is downtown Bethlehem's largest hotel. Its prime location means it fills up quickly in the wintertime, so book well in advance.
- Hyatt Place Bethlehem 45 W. North St. +1 610 625 0500 +1 610 625 0503 http://bethlehem.place.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/place/ $140+ Hyatt Place is a new addition to Downtown Bethlehem. It is located only 2 blocks from Main Street, at the corner of North and Guetter Streets.
- Morningstar Inn 72 E Market St 1 610 867 2300 http://www.morningstarinn.com $165-$210 Morningstar Inn is a 5-room bed and breakfast located in Bethlehem's historic district.
- The Sayre Mansion 250 Wyandotte St 1 877 345 9019 http://www.sayremansion.com 3 PM 11 AM $160 The Sayre Mansion is a quaint former mansion that has been refurbished into a 21-room bed-and-breakfast in the city's Fountain Hill section. Meals are included in the room rates.
Bethlehem, known as the Christmas City, is displayed as a quaint, historic city. But areas away from downtown are not as friendly for travelers. The South Side beyond 3rd Street should be avoided. The Pembroke area on the East Side and the Parkridge neighborhood on the West Side should also be avoided. All three of these areas are known for a higher crime rate, drug trafficking, and higher gang activity. Gangs such as the Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, and other street gangs can be found in these areas. They are often identified by graffiti signs. The downtown area is safe, although you should lock your car when leaving it on the street or in a lot. Garages are generally safe to park in. Take precautions like you would in any other city. Bethlehem has a lower crime rate than large cities, but it can still be dangerous, especially at night.
Bethlehem's central location in the Lehigh Valley make it a particularly good starting point for exploring the region. For moving on, consider these attractions:
- Dorney Park I-78 West to Exit 54-B ''1'' 610 395 3724 http://www.dorneypark.com Hours vary by season $44For the thrillseeking type, Dorney is one of the biggest amusement parks on the East Coast, located next door in nearby Allentown.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, PA (610) 841-7447 http://www.ironpigsbaseball.com/ The IronPigs, the AAA-level minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies, play their home games from early April through early October at Allentown's Coca-Cola Park. The team boasts a brand-new ballpark with excellent sight lines, concessions, suites and activities for kids. The team is made up of tomorrow's major leaguers and occasionally a (recently injured) Phillies star on a rehab assignment.
- The Poconos The Poconos are the place to go for skiing and snowboarding in Eastern Pennsylvania. Most of the resorts are about 60-90 minutes north of Bethlehem by car. For the non-ski bums there is also an outlet center, casinos, and a waterpark in the summer.
The Bethlehem area is also in close proximity to other large cities in the Northeast, such as:
- Allentown, Pennsylvania's third-largest city, located 3 miles west.
- Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania and the sixth-largest in the United States, located 50 miles to the south.
- Easton, located 9 miles east of Bethlehem.
- Phillipsburg, 15 miles to the east in New Jersey.
- New York City, the largest city in the United States, located 80 miles to the east.
- Reading, 40 miles to the southwest.
- Scranton, 70 miles to the north.
- Harrisburg, the state's capital, 85 miles west.
- Atlantic City, a popular seaside resort known for its beaches and casinos, located 120 miles south of Bethlehem.
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