Hazleton, a northeastern Pennsylvania city in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, made its mark in United States history with contributions to the coal and railway industries. Today, visitors can learn about this important past while finding plenty of arts, leisure, and recreation to make for a full getaway.
History and geology buffs will want to stick to the eastern and southern sides of the city, as the homage to the coal industry lies in the small towns close to the mountains. Next, visit Hazleton Historical Society and Museum to discover lifestyles during the coal boom, then travel east to find Eckley’s Miners Village to learn about anthracite coal mining. Just south of Hazleton, you can head into the mining mountain via train at the popular No. 9 Coal and Mine Museum. Alternatively, you can hit the history jackpot in Jim Thorpe, which is home to the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, Asa Packer Mansion, Mauch Chunk Museum, and Old Jail Museum. All of these are full of rail and coal history tidbits.
For leisure, arts, and food fans, looking into booking a hotel on the eastern side of the city is highly recommended. Wilkes-Barre to the northeast, for instance, is home to the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Casino and a growing Downtown area with eclectic restaurants and bars. Alternatively, to the southeast, you can catch a show at Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe while residing in the area.
Outdoor adventurers cannot go wrong no matter where you stay in town or in the neighboring communities. With Locust Lake State Park and Tuscarora State Park to the southwest, Bear Mountain and the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary to the southeast, the Susquehanna River, and its River Commons. The latter is especially perfect for biking to the northwest and towards plenty of state parks and mountains for skiing, hiking, and biking to the northeast. In short, adventure can be found in any direction.
Hazleton is home to 113 3 star hotels and four 4 star hotels. The 4 star hotels are located outside the Hazleton city limits and include two casinos and two bed and breakfasts. The bed and breakfasts are designed with relaxation in mind, decked out with room features including flat screen televisions, refrigerators, designer toiletries, plush robes, and ipad docks, along with free full breakfasts. The casino resorts offer the full package as well with luxurious room features, on-site dining, spa facilities, shopping, horse-racing, gaming, and more.
The 3 star hotels are more subdued while still giving visitors standard hotel comforts. Many include free WiFi, free breakfast, and free parking, with some also offering complimentary airport shuttles. These hotels are conveniently located throughout Hazleton and the surrounding area.
Hazleton is located within driving distance of three area airports. Lehigh Valley International Airport is located 50 miles southeast of Hazleton, with domestic flights arriving and departing daily.Scranton International Airport, in Wilkes-Booth, is a little over 30 miles from Hazleton and calls itself the “gateway to Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Pocono Mountains.” This airport also sees daily domestic flights and is most convenient in terms of location.
80 miles northwest of Hazleton lies Williamsport Regional Airport with limited seasonal domestic flights. All airports require additional driving to reach Hazleton, so secure a room at hotels near Lehigh Valley Intl Airport, Scranton Intl Airport, or Williamsport Regional Airport for late or early arrival and departure days.