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Scranton, a city situated in northeastern Pennsylvania, occupies land in Lackawanna County. Much of Scranton’s history surrounds the coal industry, which was a notable characteristic of the city, as the name, Scranton, originates from the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company that was founded by George W. and Seldon Scranton. The Scranton Destination contains a humid continental climate, featuring all four seasons, annually. Mountains, hills, and other natural features, including the Lackawanna River that runs through the city, make up a relatively large portion of the environment, with some urban areas. Native plants can be found throughout the region, as well as wildlife including squirrels, skunks, woodchucks, and wild hogs. The Steamtown National Historic Site is one of the most popular draws for tourism in the destination, as the attraction features a collection of locomotive exhibits, and offers self-guided tours through the museum. In close proximity to this attraction is the Iron Furnaces of Scranton, where visitors can view the remnants of a relatively extensive plant that was formerly operated by the Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company, which first began in 1840. Scranton’s historical background plays a prominent role in the city’s significance and is evident within many of the buildings, businesses, and attractions that teach visitors about the city’s past.
Located in the northeastern area of Pennsylvania is the city of Scranton in Lackawanna County. The city serves as the county seat, with a population of 75,561, as of the 2020 census, making Scranton the 7th largest city in the state. Over the expanse of 26 miles, Scranton’s population density is approximately 2,986 people per square mile. The general racial demographic of the city is white, which makes up 83.09% of the population, with black or African American as the second leading race of the city, adding up to 5.85%. Scranton was named in honor of George W. and Seldon Scranton, who founded the area that eventually became the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company, in the year 1840. In 1866, the name was first incorporated. One particularly unique aspect of the city is that Scranton is known for being the setting for the American television show The Office.
New York, one of the major cities of the United States, can be found nearly two hours away from Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the southeastern direction of the city. Some of the more populated cities in the state are Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island. A relatively high number of tourists go to New York to visit notable attractions such as The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge, all of which are located in the heart of New York City. The Statue of Liberty, in particular, is one of America's most iconic national monuments and key tourist attractions. Each year, this national monument receives nearly 3.5 million visitors. Another notable draw for tourism in the area is the broadway shows featured at theater venues in the Theater District and along the street of Broadway.
Philadelphia, the biggest city in Pennsylvania, is located an approximate two-hour drive from Scranton. As of 2017, over six million residents populate the city, making it the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Though Philadelphia is generally known for its colonial history, culture, arts, and cuisine, one particularly unique aspect of the city is that it is the center of economic activity in Pennsylvania. As stated, Philadelphia's historical background is one of many noteworthy features of the city and can be considered a draw for tourism, as the Independence National Historical Park receives a number of visitors each year. This attraction contains several historical features such as the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, and the Independence Hall, the building where the United States Constitution was written.
One of Scranton’s most prominent attractions that typically draw in a fair amount of tourists annually is the Steamtown National Historic Site. The building acts as both a railroad and a museum, and visitors who attend Steamtown can engage in train rides, self-guided tours, and various events. The majority of train rides and locomotives are accessible for wheelchairs, though some may not be. Collections and exhibits of trains from diverse time periods can be found throughout the museum, as well as programs for visitors of varying ages. Another notable draw for tourism in the area is the Nay Aug Park, the largest park in Scranton, which features an amusement park area, a swimming pool, two playgrounds, and a museum.
The Iron Furnaces of Scranton can be found in close proximity to the Steamtown National Historic Site. There, visitors can see the remnants of a formerly operating plant that was associated with Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company. The plant was dismantled and moved to Lackawanna, New York in 1902, for the purpose of allowing the plant to be closer to the high-grade iron ores that were being discovered in the Mesabi Range. The Iron Furnaces are open year-round for tourists to visit, and they are accessible by car or a Historic Trolley ride. A visitors center, which contains exhibits on the creation of iron and steel, is also available.
Temperatures in Scranton are relatively colder for almost half of the year, while the other half of the year contains temperatures between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit, with a chance of snow or rain throughout the year. Typically, visitors come to Scranton during the warmer months when temperatures reach the 70s, which occurs through July, August, and September.
The Scranton Destination features four distinct seasons, with a humid continental climate being a characteristic of the area. Temperatures occasionally reach over 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. The coldest month of the year, January, brings temperatures down below 30 degrees, with an average of 28 degrees Fahrenheit. During late spring and early summer, precipitation is relatively greater, as winter is considered to be drier. Precipitation can be seen 10 to 13 days each month, on average, with an annual total of 38.72 inches. Snowfall fluctuates yearly, with some winters bringing more snowstorms than usual, and others bringing light snow.
In the northern area of Scranton, cities including Chinchilla, Dickson City, Clarks Green, and Clarks Summit can be found, while Dunmore is located to the east of Scranton. State Game Lands make up an extensive portion of the land to the south of Scranton. To the west, cities including Taylor, Old Forge, and Moosic occupy the land. Scranton has a total area of 25.4 square miles. Mountains make up much of the eastern and western areas of the city, as Scranton is relatively hilly, with elevations ranging from 1,900 to 2,100 ft. 
One particular natural land feature of the destination is Lake Scranton, which occupies land just off the Scranton city borders. Various plants, which are native to the Scranton Destination, can be found in the area, including Columbine, Butterfly Weed, Blue Wild Indigo, Wild Ginger, Wild Bleeding Heart, and Dwarf Crested Iris. Many of these plants were grown in the area before the European settlers arrived. As the environment has many natural areas and is mostly made up of forests, some of the wildlife that tends to roam the area includes wild hogs, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, chipmunks, bears, opossums, porcupines, and woodchucks.
Prior to when white settlers first entered the region in the mid-18th century, Munsee Indians, who primarily used the Algonquian language by means of communication, were the first inhabitants of the area. There had been very little development in the earlier years when permanent settlement discovered the land. Before being named Scranton, the city was formerly known as Deep Hollow, then Unionville, Slocum Hollow, revising to Scrantonia, and finally becoming Scranton in 1851 after the establishment of Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company, in 1840. The establishment of this company set in motion the construction of other businesses including a rolling mill, a nail factory, and a steel-rail works, all of which were operating by the year 1850. Several immigrant miners had come to the area, and the majority of their wives were skilled in silk weaving, clothing, and other similar industries. The production of Nottingham lace is one particularly notable aspect of Scranton. The city had gained the title of “Anthracite Capital of the World,” as Scranton had become one of the nation’s leading industrial centers.
In the 1950s, oil replaced coal as a more popular option for energy, and mining in the area was discontinued. After the decline of the coal industry, the city began what was known at the time as the “Scranton Plan,” which caused the provision of jobs through industrial expansion, as well as national recognition. The construction of new plants occurred throughout the city, financially assisted by community contributions and private and state aid. As Scranton is granted access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the city functions as a printing center and a transportation hub.
The events of Scranton’s history have led the city to become the home of several institutions of higher education, including Lackawanna College, Marywood University, The University of Scranton, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, and Johnson College. The development of the downtown business district is an additional characteristic of the city.
The Inn at Centre Park is located in Reading, Pennsylvania. It is a three-story home, made chiefly of granite in a Gothic-Revival architectural style. There are Three rooms guests may stay in, and on the first floor, there is an events center for weddings, birthdays, reunions, etc. Dennis, the property owner, strives to give visitors a memorable experience and help them relax and feel comfortable during their stay. Breakfast is served at the inn and is a popular part of the stay at the inn. Many people stay in the spring and fall when there are more festivals and better weather. The home was constructed in 1877 and was formerly known as the Wilhelm Mansion. Dennis has owned the property since 2014 and strives to improve and give guests a more enjoyable stay....Read More
The South Mountain Inn is located in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, and is surrounded by mountain ranges and trees. The property contains three regular rooms for guests to stay in and two suites. Each room is unique in its own way, making a variety of unique features available for each guest, though most have kitchenettes provided. The property is very old, ranging back to the 1800s, making it somewhat historical in the eyes of some who have visited....Read More
Hammer Creek Hideaway Bed and breakfast has three suites and is located in the small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania. The property has two floors with a large gathering area where guests may host events of up to 30 people. Each room has a unique name, theme, and decorations. Rooms include a private bathroom and king or queen-sized bed. Karen and Mil, the owners of the property, strive to give guests a place where they can relax and hope that they can feel at home. A three-course breakfast is included with the stay and is typically what the property is known for. The property is open year-round, however, patrons often come between June and October, for the activities in Lititz and the Amish countryside. The establishment has been running for 11 years, and the owners have enjoyed getting to know guests and helping them experience the area....Read More
The Tree Top Bed and Breakfast is located in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and is also about a 15-minute drive from Lancaster and Reading, two nearby cities. There are six suites available for reservation, all of which are located in a building that the current owner, Bonnie Weaver, built herself. Bonnie designed the property with the goal of being a place where visitors can come, rejuvenate, and relax. Amenities included in the guests' stay are private bathrooms, AC, central heat, an outdoor pool, and a gazebo with a fire pit, plus the access that visitors have to roam the two-acre property at their leisure. If one patron rents out the whole house, they are able to host activities or events such as weddings. The establishment is open year-round and is busiest between June to October due to the "nicer" warmer weather....Read More
The Gilded Cupid Bed and Breakfast, located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, features three guest rooms available year-round. Each of the rooms has a private ensuite bathroom, as well as access to the common areas of the home, such as the porches. The decor style of the home tries to stay within a late 1800s theme, according to Sheila, one of the owners. She also notes that breakfast is served to patrons each morning, featuring items such as frittatas; vegetables; and fruit in a honey, ginger, and lemon sauce. Sheila cooks breakfast each morning while her husband, Bob, serves the meal and informs visitors of the history of the town....Read More
Pheasant Run Farm Bed and Breakfast
Pheasant Run Farm Bed and Breakfast is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Four rooms are available for overnight guest reservations, with one room on the main floor and three rooms upstairs. Each suite has a private bathroom, and the most popular suite, according to the owners, is Henry and Anna’s Room due to its fireplace, private balcony, spacious size, and king-size bed. Breakfast is served each morning from a seasonal menu rotating between sweet and savory dishes. Usually served in two courses, breakfast starts with a fruit dish followed by the main course. The most popular breakfast is baked croissant French toast, according to Deeann, who runs the bed and breakfast. Lancaster has several notable attractions, including the Amish and Mennonite communities, former President James Buchanon’s Home, named Wheatland, and Enola Low-Grade Trail, which is a rail trail. Art Galleries, a wine trail, an ice cream trial, covered bridges, antique and quilt shops, distilleries, breweries, theaters, trains, and public parks are some of the many interesting things to experience in Lancaster County. Deeann and her parents, Vivian and Bob, hope that guests will feel comfortable and enjoy their stay at the bed and breakfast....Read More
East Shore Lodging is located along the Lake Wallenpaupack shoreline in downtown Hawley. Twelve rooms are available for reservation in the two-story boutique-style motel, each with private entrances, sitting areas, dining space, and private bathrooms. A select few of the rooms are double beds and can sleep up to four guests. Boat, kayak, and paddleboard rentals are available from East Shore Lodging as well as guided boat tours. A small gift shop is located on the property, and there are many Lake Wallenpaupack themed restaurants nearby. The property is open year-round with an increase in guests during the summer months due to the warm weather and water activities....Read More
Located just off the Delaware River in western New Jersey, Chestnut Hill on the Delaware is presently under the ownership of Linda and Rob Castagna. The innkeepers became the owners of the inn roughly 37 years ago, and they have tried to maintain the establishment's historical significance ever since. The buildings on the premises date back to 1860 when they were originally constructed. Currently, a total of eight rooms are divided between the main house and the Country Cottage. While the main house contains five of the rooms, the Country Cottage is composed of three apartment-style suites. Additionally, inside the Country Cottage, there is a dining area that is stocked with coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, eggs, cereal, fruit, and baked goods....Read More
The Gables at Overlook Mansion Bed and Breakfast is located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The mansion is three stories and has four rooms that guests who stay there can choose from. Each room is on the second floor. Other areas inside of the building are the men's and women's parlors, a dining room, and a music room. Events can be held on the premises and are hosted at the property frequently, including events such as weddings, birthday parties, business dinners, and more. The owner of the bed and breakfast, Cesar Gonzales, hopes that those who stay will feel like they are at home and that they are a part of the family....Read More
The forty-six-acre property of the Sanctuary at Split Creek sits along Lake Hiawatha and backs up to the Ponceau Mountains. There are eight cottage rentals and a restored five thousand square foot church building available for reservation. The church house can sleep up to ten people and has a fully stalked kitchen with a five-car driveway. This private outdoor escape is an hour's drive from both the New York City and Pennsylvania airports. The Sanctuary at Split Creek is open year-round with an increase in guests during the summer months when local wineries and the lake are open....Read More
Chimney Hill Estate has been in operation as a bed and breakfast since 1927 but has now recently reopened in 2022. A total of fourteen units are currently offered for guests to reserve. The seven buildings on the premises take on a rustic farmhouse style, and the provided amenities may vary throughout each unit. Every morning, breakfast is served to all patrons of the establishment. Some of the breakfast items that one can expect include avocado toast, quiches, seasonal fruits, and homemade cupcakes, among others. As the bed and breakfast is still currently in the process of revival, the owners have many future plans for the property, with the intent to improve guests' stay. One such goal that the owners have is to make the banquet area a place where events can be held....Read More
The Manayunk Chambers Guest House is open year-round to visitors in the Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania area. There are currently four guestrooms available for reservation, with other spaces of the house being common areas for visitors, such as the main parlor. Features of the property include complimentary drinks and an “upgraded continental style breakfast,” according to Mark, one of the owners. Breakfast is served every day from 7:00 to 9:00 AM. Every year at the property, the owners host an LGBTQ event on the first weekend in October. The area is also known for various festivals and activities that visitors can participate in. Nearby attractions include Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the first American Flag, Edgar Allen Poe’s house, Philadelphia’s zoo, wedding venues, and various art and culture museums....Read More
The Great Valley House of Valley Forge is located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and is a five-minute drive from the Valley Forge National Historic Park. There are a total of three rooms available for reservation, each with its own unique name that derives from significant people in the house’s history. All of the rooms offer cable TV, tables and chairs, a private bathroom, and wireless internet access. Breakfast is served each morning in the house’s dining room between 8:00 and 9:30, with dishes prepared by Pattye, the owner of the bed and breakfast. Pattye also offers guests tours of the premises, where she explains more about the history of the property and the area. Some additional attractions near the property include Longwood Gardens and historic downtown Philadelphia....Read More