Wilkes-Barre, PA
Region: Upstate PA

Founded in 1770, this former coal town along the scenic Susquehanna River is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise for kayaking, whitewater rafting and hiking an extensive system of hiking/biking trails. Four state parks and numerous ski areas make this a popular destination. Enjoy gaming at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, take in a minor-league Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game and watch the Railriders baseball team at PNC Field. The arts are an important part of Wilkes-Barre, with a Third Friday Artwalk and two large galleries, the Marquis and the Sordoni. The Fine Arts Fiesta will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2015, with a juried show, demonstrations and performances. Luzerne County is home to several major colleges and universities, including two Penn State campuses.

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