When we mentioned to people that we planned to visit Scranton, we’d often get a puzzled look, or maybe a raised eyebrow accompanied by, “why?” We’d always say ancestors or family history, but we hit upon another reason: Steamtown. It’s a National Historic Site devoted to steam railroading history that arguably rivals our own California Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Run by the National Park Service, we found it in downtown Scranton. Our tour of the Technology Museum and locomotive repair shops, made it definitely worth a trip.
Steamtown: Locomotive and old Scranton poster
This was just one of several pleasant surprises that burnished our family-history-oriented trip. From waterfalls, to Falling Water, from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg, we found places that justify a journey here even if you’re not chasing down ancestors.