Out of all 50 US states, I would say that Pennsylvania sits somewhere close to the top when it comes to how traveled I am within the state. I have been to Pittsburgh more times than I can count because my family originates from near the city and I have been to Philadelphia a few times. I have been to Erie, Harrisburg, Altoona, State College, Allentown, etc etc. I currently have one of my sisters living in the state while the other one recently moved away to Washington D.C. from eastern Pennsylvania. I know the state of PA.
So when I discovered that I would be driving through Scranton on my recent road trip, I remember thinking to myself that I’d be passing through the craphole that is Scranton. Not that I had ever been there- it was just a poor assumption. I just envisioned a city littered with mills and grey skies.
I ended up stopping at the local Wilkes-Barre mall to grab a few more things from Sephora so I didn’t have to shop in New York City the following day when I realized that I had a few hours to kill and was making good time on my way to New York. Against what I thought was my better judgement at the time, I decided to say hello to Scranton.
Imagine my shock when I was not greeted by grey skies and mills, but rather blue skies and some of the prettiest architecture I have ever laid eyes on in the US.
And I mean that with all sincerity (and I consider myself extremely well-traveled within the US). I ended up in quite a rush after an hour and didn’t really get to see the city. The photos I have are simply from one tiny area of Scranton, but I promise you that the rest of the city was equally as beautiful and worth a stroll. And thank goodness I am often in Pennsylvania when I am in the US, so it is not too far out of my reach for a return trip.
Apparently I have some relatives I didn’t know about in Scranton…
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