Bethlehem on Reader’s Digest list of “underrated” cities

July 13, 2018 by  

Reader’s Digest has created a list of U.S. cities that are underrated as far as tourism is concerned, including why more people should visit them, and Bethlehem gets a mention.

The city is one of 15 the magazine says is overlooked when it comes to tourism, joining such cities as Provo, Utah; Greenwich, Connecticut; Traverse City, Michigan; and Bowling Green, Kentucky. Some of the communities made the list due to the unfortunate circumstances of being eclipsed by a larger nearby city; in the case of Bethlehem, it was Philadelphia.

Reader’s Digest devoted over 100 words to listing the reasons why tourists should stray from the beaten path and give the “Christmas City” a try. The National Museum of Industrial History, the Hoover-Mason Trestle and Musikfest got most of the attention, but Fegley’s Brew Works, 1741 on the Terrace and the Apollo Grill were mentioned as well.

The rest of the so called “underrated cities” on the list are Tuppelo, Mississippi; Tacoma, Washington; Missoula, Montana; McMinnvale, Oregon; Hendersonville, North Carolina; Florence, Alabama; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Charlottesville, Virginia; Branson, Missouri; and Bloomington, Indiana.

This once renowned steel town has figured into the lists published by several magazines during the last dozen years. Communities generally have printing services include copies of their mention on such lists in their promotional materials. In just the last couple of years, both Forbes and Money magazines have included Bethlehem on their list of great places to retire.