Of all the regions in Pennsylvania, few are as diverse as Northeastern Pennsylvania. Occupying an area of northern Pennsylvania along the Interstate 81 corridor, this region used to be one of the largest industrial centers in the country and a focal point of the U.S. coal industry. Today, however, much of that industry is gone and the area is left with some of the most beautiful outdoor spots in the state and several fantastic museums.
Cities like Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, once marred by the collapse of their industries, are on the rebound and have turned some of their industrial relics into amazing tourism destinations, such as the fantastic Steamtown National Historic Site and the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour.
The other four counties in the region are dominated by isolated forests are home to some of the most beautiful spots on the east coast.
There might be no better hiking trail than the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park, while nearby State Game Lands 13 hides its many waterfalls in relative obscurity. Other spots like Worlds End State Park and Loyalsock State Forest have amazing natural treasures to explore.
It’s not just industrial history and outdoor attractions that this region has to offer. Great cultural and historic museums like the Everhart Museum in Scranton, the Eagles Mere Air and Auto Museums in Sullivan County, and French Azilum in Bradford County offer the chance to learn more about our past.
There’s no question that this easily one of the most diverse and fun regions of the state to explore.
Note: Despite its name, this region doesn’t cover the northeasternmost corner of the state. That honor would go to the Poconos.