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Deep down, Scranton’s heart is black. Scranton and its sister city Wilkes-Barre sit on the "Northern Field," one of the world’s largest deposits of a rare, glittering, rock-like fuel: anthracite coal. As Vice President Joe Biden points out, Scranton is a workingman’s town, authentic diners included. The iron smelters and coal mines drew waves of immigrants; work-a-day lives in this mountain town are best experienced in the thrilling Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour, where visitors plummet backwards 300 feet in a coal car to an underground city of mine caves. For those who prefer their coal as a power source, Steamtown National Historic Site ...

Deep down, Scranton’s heart is black. Scranton and its sister city Wilkes-Barre sit on the "Northern Field," one of the world’s largest deposits of a rare, glittering, rock-like fuel: anthracite coal. As Vice President Joe Biden points out, Scranton is a workingman’s town, authentic diners included. The iron smelters and coal mines drew waves of immigrants; work-a-day lives in this mountain town are best experienced in the thrilling Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour, where visitors plummet backwards 300 feet in a coal car to an underground city of mine caves. For those who prefer their coal as a power source, Steamtown National Historic Site features one of the largest collections of period locomotives in the United States, plus a working roundhouse, locomotive shop, restoration shop and trolley museum. Scranton and Wilkes-Barre boast a few casinos, a racing track, and more than 20 wineries. If you’re a fan of the TV show “The Office,” you’ll find a tour of local Office hot-spots nearly every month of the year, including Scranton landmark, Cooper’s Seafood.

Joanne Miller
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Joanne Miller is the author of several Moon guidebooks, including Pennsylvania Handbook, Chesapeake Bay Handbook, and Maryland/Delaware Handbook.

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  • Location: Scranton is a city in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania. Scranton is the geographic and cultural center of the Lackawanna River valley.
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    Fall in the Poconos can't be beat, and if the heat bothers you in summer, you can definitely chill inside the coal mine (it's always around 55 degrees).