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Looking for a pitstop on 1-81? Try Scranton.

Updated: Sep 9, 2022

Interstate I-81 splits right through the center of Scranton, Pennsylvania. If you are looking for a good place to get out and explore for the day as you head north or south on I-81, try the Electric City. Northeast Pennsylvania is packed with history from iron furnaces of the 1800’s to railways and coal mines. With its close proximity to I-81 it is easy to access and a great pitstop for travelers on a lengthy roadtrip.

Start the morning off with a cup of joe from Northern Lights Espresso Bar and Cafe. Whether you are looking for an oolong tea or chai latte, breakfast parfait or tacos, this café has it all. Sit down and enjoy a meal or grab something to go as this day will be as long or short as you wish.

Grab your hiking shoes or bike and take a ride on the Lackawanna Heritage Trail. This 3.9 mile out-and-back trail is mostly paved. It is popular for birding, running, and short cycling rides. Make sure to bring your wallet and phone as you can take a slight detour to the Scranton Running Company. This quaint little store has everything possible for the avid runner and you may even bump into a few local athletes on the path.

Now that you may need some down time, take a train ride at the Steamtown National Historic Site. You can spend hours here learning about the history of the railways and the steam locomotive through their numerous exhibits, physical trains and rails. Check the schedule and hop aboard a train for a local ride or a further excursion to Delaware Water Gap or whatever the schedule holds.

I would probably say you are good on museums, but if your need for transportation history is yet to be fulfilled, try the Electric City Trolley Museum. It’s walking distance to Steamtown National Historic Site.

Most likely hunger has set in again. Not too far down the road is an authentic Lebanese restaurant Savory Maza. This place won’t disappoint. Not sure what to order, get a little of everything with Taste of Lebanon plate.

If you want the adventure to continue, stop by the Electric City Aquarium and Reptile Den. This aquarium has a beautiful array of vibrantly colored tanks with just about every sea creature, reptile and fish imaginable. The children will be fascinated by the touch tanks and reptile feedings offered daily.

No need for a tour guide, simply plug the waypoints into your Daytripper app and enjoy a little exercise, history, shopping and education!

Nicole Sennett - Daytrip Expert

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