Named The Official Best Outdoors Destination in PA
Luzerne County was named as the Official Best Outdoors Destination in PA by The Official Best of Pennsylvania Website!! A research team studies online travel sites, state tourism information, CVB resources and other sources to determine whether an attraction merits the Official Best; reputability. The selection of Luzerne County is based entirely by merit. The Official Best of PA will air on KYW/CBS3 Philadelphia and on The Travel Channel, dates to be determined. It will also be featured on their web site at OfficialBestOf.com.
Some of Luzerne County’s best outdoors venues include: Ricketts Glen State Park, home to Falls Trail voted as Backpacker Magazine’s 2009 People’s Choice for Best Hike in PA; paddling on the Susquehanna River, Lake Jean and Francis Slocum Lake; single track mountain biking at Moon Lake, whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River and Wilkes-Barre’s newest park…the River Common, site of the RiverFest.
Welcome to Eckley Miners' Village
A village frozen in time– Founded in 1854, Eckley is an example of a planned nineteenth century coal mining town.
It is a community, or coal “patch town,” which provided mining families with the basic necessities such as housing and medical care, as well as basic amenities like a store, a school and churches. Companies often designed and constructed industrial communities to house their employees in close proximity to the collieries, or mining operations, for which they worked. Such mining towns were built to attract other mining families to live and work among the coal fields of northeastern Pennsylvania. While the company greatly influenced the lives of its village residents, and each family member faced challenges and difficulties every day. The way in which they faced these challenges is the history of the region that is studied, preserved and interpreted.
Video by Rich Mendoza
Welcome to Luzerne County
You’ll find it all right here in Luzerne County, located in scenic Northeastern Pennsylvania. At the crossroads of I-80 and I-81 this region has much to offer and has been recognized several times for its outdoor recreation.
Liquid Ice: Ricketts Glen in Winter
Ricketts Glen State Park has more than 20 waterfalls that turn to ice in winter.
With more than 20 waterfalls, Ricketts Glen State Park is one of the most beautiful state parks in Pennsylvania. During the winter the waterfalls turn into ice.
Check out this unique and amazing video of various winter waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park. It's set to relaxing music and will make you appreciate some of the best parts of winter in Northeast PA.
Video by Bill Sisson
The Annual Pittston Tomato Festival.
Fun, Food and Entertainment
The Annual Pittston Tomato Festival is held in downtown Pittston.
Over fifty thousand people will attend the four-day event that has been touted as one of the best festivals in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Delicious food, a variety of live entertainment, a parade, 5K run, games, rides, arts and crafts, bingo and of course home-grown Pittston tomatoes keep bringing an enthusiastic crowd to the festival year after year.
Don't miss the Tomato Fights. The entry fee includes use of protective eye goggles, all proceeds will benefit local charities.
Plymouth Kielbasa Fesival
Is there anything better than kielbasa? Answers the town of Plymouth: More Kielbasa! So it is, the annual Kielbasa Festival inundates the main thoroughfare with rich foods, fun activities, cool crafts, music and more kielbasa. In fact, there is so much to do at Kielbasa Festival you could say it’s stuffed like, well… sausage. In fact, with the rich and savory smells drifting through the streets and alleys, the sound of games buzzing and bands playing music, Kielbasa Festival is more like sensory overload.
The Traveling Golfer at Blue Ridge Trail
Blue Ridge Trail offers 27 holes of great golf at great value in the foothills of the Poconos Mountains. Enjoy this action packed episode with another great trek to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Video by The Traveling Golfer TL