America's Best History Spotlight 

On this page we're going to Spotlight the lesser known historic sites and attractions that dot the history landscape across the USA and are worth a visit if you're in their area.  And while they may be lesser known, some are very unique, and will be that rare find.  You'll be, at times, on the ground floor, or maybe even know something others don't.  It'll be fun.  Visit them.

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America On Wheels Museum
Allentown, PA

The Museum of Over the Road Transportation
America On Wheels Museum - Interior Scene
America On Wheels Museum

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What is There Now

America On Wheels Museum

America on Wheels Museum

What's There

43,000 square feet of exhibit space.
An Orientation Theatre.
A gift shop.
Rotating exhibits every six months
Plenty of Parking, but be wary that this is a one way street and turn right out of the lot when leaving.

When Did it Open

The America On Wheels Museum opened on April 8, 2008.

How Much to Visit

Adult - $10.00
Senior - $7.00
Student - $6.00
Child (Under 12) - Free

How to Get There

Not the easiest travail as the location is along the LeHigh River near downtown and not any major highways.  Best bet.  Come off I-78, Route 145 North, to Hamilton Street, then take a right.  Not far from there.  Look for signs to the site.

How Many People Visit

35,000 people per year.  And growing!!


Website:  America On Wheels Museum

Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Trail

Delaware and Lehigh Canal Heritage Trail

About one mile from the museum, but more importantly linking the many historic sites and vistas that abound along the Heritage Corridor running from Bucks County to the coal regions for 165 miles, this trail sits along a corridor which shows the exact locations of how transportation thrived and moved commerce along canals and rivers and railroads, that is prior to I-78.  It links sites like the America On Wheels Museum, the town of Jim Thorpe, and the quaint shops of New Hope all in one.  Don't expect the trail in these parts to be spectacular, it's a bit industrial in this location and the entire breadth of the trial is still a work in progress.  It was cinder based and fine for walking and biking in the area we visited.  Wasn't too sure how to go to the south, then north on the trail, but I did see a lot of trains and hear a bunch of train noises.  Liked the whistles; didn't like the screech.

Location: 165 Miles along the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers
Cost: Free, although some individual sites have one

History Along the Way You Might Like
Audubon Auto Tour
Two Rivers Landing Visitor Center and Canal Museum (Easton)
Jim Thorpe
Eckley Mining Village

Websites: D&L Heritage Corridor - National Park Service
Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Allentown and Its Waterfront
This area of Allentown and along the Lehigh River is under a growing renaissance, but not quite there yet.  New projects of a hockey arena and $250 milllion development of mixed use just five blocks north of the museum will augment the waterfront dramatically over the next several years.

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America on Wheels Museum

Along the banks of the Lehigh River, not far from the trailhead for the National Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Trail, which runs 165 miles from Bucks County to the coal regions of Pennsylvania, sits a gem of a relatively new museum that touches on the subject of a unique american treasure, the open road and the vehicles which traverse it.  The subtitle to the museum says it all; it's the Museum for Over the Road Transportation.  So no planes or trains, but plenty of automobiles from the many eras since Henry, trucks of the Mack variety, and even a Segway thrown in for good measure.  Wonder if there are shoes.  With 43,000 square foot of space spread out in fine style with engaging exbibits, all wrapped around a historic building for good measure, the museum tells the story about the transport that forged a nation from one sea to the other, assisting in both migration west and commerce from coast to coast.

America on Wheels Museum

The exhibits are spread out among several galleries, some which rotate their exhibits, and there are hands-on interpretive displays that can keep adults and children from their attention deficit tendencies, like learning to drive a Mack Truck, for one.

It's also a great place to get the educational experience, with programs for the individual and your class. So if you're anywhere close to the museum and want to visit and learn, give them a call and arrange for your group to come.

Freight Trains in Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Area

Not far outside the walls of the museum within the National Heritage corridor, you can still see examples of transportation that took a different road than the focus of the museum, the railroad. Freight trains cross the river toward the museum on a regular basis with a freight yard directly next to the trailhead of the canal.  So you get history of the road, the railroad, mules, canals, and industrial revolution all in one, plus the changing character of an area once steeped in the tradition of all that as it moves into the 21st century trying to keep pace and make the historic connections between them.
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Blue Ridge Parkway
Bryce Canyon
Cape Canaveral
Cape Cod National Seashore
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Crater Lake
Ellis Island
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Fort Sumter
Fort Vancouver
Glacier National Park
The Grand Canyon
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Harper's Ferry
Hawaii Volcanoes
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Mammoth Cave
Manassas (Bull Run)
Mesa Verde
Mount Rainier
Natchez Trace Parkway
New Orleans
Niagara Falls
Oklahoma Land Rush
Olympic National Park
Oregon Trail
Pearl Harbor
Petrified Forest
Philadelphia - Independence
Pinnacles National Park
Plymouth Rock
Redwood National Park
Rocky Mountain NP
The Roswell Incident
Saguaro National Park
San Antonio Missions NHS
San Juan NHS
St. Augustine
St. Louis Gateway West
Sequoia and Kings Canyon
Statue of Liberty
Stones River
Sutter's Mill (Gold Rush)
Valley Forge
Theodore Roosevelt NP
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Washington, D.C.
Washington's Crossing
White Sands
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* 1770-1779 - The American Revolution
* 1780-1789 - The Nascent Democracy
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1800-1809 - Exploration
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* 1820-1829 - A Decade of Compromise & Doctrine
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