2016 Lehigh Valley Awards

Excellence in Planning Project Winner


Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism Project

Northampton County




• Claneil Foundation

• National Geographic Society

• National Parks Conservation Association

• Northampton County

• Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism Stewardship Council

• The Harbinger Consulting Group

• William Penn Foundation


The Scenic, Wild Delaware River (SWDR) program promotes geotourism through an interactive travel website highlighting the natural assets and local attractions throughout a 150-mile stretch of the Delaware River. Created in coordination with the National Geographic Maps, the MapGuide features more than 650 landmarks, natural resources, attractions, activities, events, lodging and dining venues. These attractions are nominated for inclusion by local residents, businesses, organizations and interests. Since its launch in May 2016, the MapGuide has been visited by nearly 4,100 unique visitors, 78% of whom are new to the site. In addition to promoting the Lehigh Valley as a geotourism destination, the SWDR program has complemented the efforts of Northampton County, Discover Lehigh Valley and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission to protect, preserve and increase awareness of the Lehigh Valley’s natural assets.


Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

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Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

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