Home / Travel Guides - Scranton

More About
Scranton, PA

About ScrantonScranton and Lackawanna County played an important part in the Industrial Revolution—four anthracite blast furnaces built in the 1840s and 1850s by the Scranton brothers helped supply more than 80 percent of the anthracite coal that fueled the growth of American industry. Miles of track, industrial sites and mine tunnels remain.

At 700 Lackawanna Ave. (I-81 exit 185) is the 1908 Lackawanna Station, a former railroad depot that has been restored and converted into the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton. The lobby of the neo-Classical structure displays a mosaic floor, a barrel-vaulted Tiffany stained-glass ceiling and Siena marble and faience tile murals; phone (570) 342-8300.

The Suraci Gallery, Mahady Gallery and The Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art at Marywood University, the Linder Gallery at Keystone College and The Hope Horn Gallery at the University of Scranton feature paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs. Theater, concert and musical presentations are offered at the schools throughout the year. Phone (570) 348-6278 for Marywood University; (570) 945-8000 for Keystone College and (570) 941-7400 for Scranton University information.

Outdoor concerts are presented May through September at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, (570) 961-9000. Additional theater, concert and musical presentations are offered at Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, (570) 955-1455; and Scranton Cultural Center, (570) 346-7369.

Pop culture has brought Scranton, which served as the fictional setting of the NBC comedy “The Office,” a lot of attention in recent years. Though not filmed here, the show's characters often discussed local restaurants, attractions and the mining history. The sitcom's opening credits showed some of the city's landmarks.

Lots of recreational opportunities can be found at Lackawanna State Park, McDade Park and Merli-Sarnoski Park. The PNC Field, off I-81 exit 182 at the base of Montage Mountain, plays host to the New York Yankees' class AAA-affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, in spring and summer; phone (570) 969-2255.

ShoppingViewmont Mall, on US 6 Bus. Rte. off I-81 exit 191A, features JCPenney and Macy's.

Things to Do Anthracite Heritage Museum

Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art

Houdini Tour & Magic Show

Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour

Scranton Iron Furnaces

Steamtown National Historic Site

Electric City Trolley Station and Museum

Read More

Scranton, PA

Top AAA Diamond Hotels

AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.

Members save 5% or more and earn Honors points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

Hilton Scranton & Conference Center

100 Adams Ave. Scranton, PA 18503

Book Now
AAA Members

Members save 5% or more and earn Marriott Bonvoy™ points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

Courtyard by Marriott Scranton Wilkes-Barre

16 Glenmaura National Blvd. Scranton, PA 18507

Book Now
AAA Members
Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton

700 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton, PA 18503

Book Now
AAA Members

Members save 5% or more and earn Marriott Bonvoy™ points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Scranton Wilkes-Barre

19 Radcliffe Dr. Scranton, PA 18507

Book Now
AAA Members

call or visit a AAA Travel Agent Today!

Find a AAA Office

As a AAA member, you'll save even more. Your AAA Travel Agent will check to see if AAA Vacations is combinable with other AAA member benefits, plus cruise and tour past passenger discounts and benefits.

Not a Member?

Join Now