Northeastern Pennsylvania is a wonderful place to call home, whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are looking to relocate. Not only does the area boast a low cost of living compared to the national average, it offers top-quality education, healthcare, and is an incredibly family-friendly place to live. There are a lot of reasons why Pennsylvania is like no other place. Here are just a few to celebrate National Pennsylvania Day.
Pennsylvania has an incredibly rich history and heritage.
On March 4, 1681, King Charles II of England granted William Penn a colony in America as a payment that was owed to Penn’s father. The King named this 45,000-acre area of land Penn’s Woods: Pennsylvania.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is also known as the Keystone Stone for the vital role it has played in the history of the United States. Pennsylvania was the second state to join the union and Philadelphia, its largest city, was key to the American Revolution and the formation of a new nation.
Living in Pennsylvania has always had its advantages and none of that has changed. In fact, NEPA is one of the best places you can call “home sweet home.”
There’s no shortage of things to do in NEPA. However, one of the highlights of living in this area is how close we are to major cities and national landmarks. A trip to Philadelphia will only take you around 2 hours and going into the heart of New York City can be accomplished in less than 3. If you love the big city life, you can enjoy both of these destinations as day trips! If you’re looking to head out to NYC on a bus trip, Martz offers various departures from PA into the city.
For the history buffs, Pennsylvania has a rich history with bountiful landmarks that are just a short drive away. From the Gettysburg National Military Park to various historical houses throughout the state, you don’t need to travel very far to learn something new!
Northeastern Pennsylvania is composed of the Endless Mountains, Pocono Mountains, and Valley Communities. Each of these regions offers something different while maintaining a unified sense of community.
For those who enjoy art in all its forms, First Friday Scranton takes place from 5 to 9pm and features a wide variety of cultural events. Pittston hosts a Second Friday Art Walk from 5 to 9pm, May through October. Formerly the Third Friday Art Walk, Wilkes-Barre’s rebranded Art Block still takes place on the third Friday of the month from 3 to 8pm.
Community members continue to support local businesses through events such as 900 Marketplace and through Farmer’s Markets found throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Pittston, the Back Mountain, and Hillside Park farmers markets.
When it comes to outdoor recreation, NEPA comes out on top no matter what time of year. To celebrate spring and summer, you sure can’t beat enjoying the great outdoors! NEPA is home to many great parks. And the winter is not without its recreational possibilities, either! Here you will find plenty of opportunities to take in the season’s greatest activities, such as skiing, snow tubing, and ice skating.
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