Fall is the perfect time to take a day trip to the Lehigh Valley

Just 90 minutes from New York City and 75 minutes from Philadelphia, a fall day trip to Lehigh Valley provides a quick getaway to entertain the whole family. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change, and the natural colors are spectacular. The fall foliage is expected to peak around the week of October 18th – 24th in 2020.

Lehigh Valley is open, safe, and ready for visitors as businesses continue to monitor and make adjustments to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information, please review the latest state guidelines before you visit.

Extend the trip and make it a weekend adventure – check out Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts in Lehigh Valley.

Here are a few options to consider as you plan your visit.

Take in a scenic Covered Bridge Tour

The Lehigh Valley Historic Covered Bridge Tour is a great way to see fall foliage in Pennsylvania. The scenic 50-mile route will take you on winding country roads as you visit seven historic covered bridges along the way, five of which are open to traffic. Plan to bring a picnic or stop for a break along the way.

Check out the full list of covered bridges.

Treat yourself to a tasting experience at a local brewery or winery

Whatever your beverage of choice may be, you can find it in Lehigh Valley with a booming craft beverage scene of nearly 50 makers of wine, beer, and distilled spirits. Fall favorites include Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Eight Oaks Farm Distillery’s barrel-aged Apple Jack.

Designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2008, Lehigh Valley is Pennsylvania’s fastest growing wine region with numerous award-winning wineries, eight of which make up the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail (LVWT). Popular varietals include Riesling and Chambourcin, made from a versatile grape a French-American hybrid grape that thrives in Lehigh Valley.

Outdoor seating is available and socially distant so your party can enjoy beverages and some peace of mind.

Pick your own fruit at one of the local farms

Enjoy the crispness of the fall air and apples straight from the branch as you pick your own at a local farm or orchard. Pick some apples to enjoy right away or seek out the perfect pumpkin to carve when you get home. For a list of locations, click here.

Go leaf-peeping on a hike or nature walk

Whether you’re looking to explore on foot, by bike, or via the water, Lehigh Valley offers an unparalleled outdoor recreation scene. Don’t miss the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Trail which spans 165 miles of rail trails, 48 of them passing through Lehigh Valley.

Find more options via THE LINK, an interconnected network of safe, beautiful multi-use trails offering Lehigh Valley residents and visitors the opportunity for year-round outdoor recreation, transportation, and healthy living.

If you need additional inspiration for your day trip to Lehigh Valley, check out Discover Lehigh Valley’s fall fun lists.