The history of the northeastern part of Pennsylvania is dominated by the mining of anthracite and bituminous coal and the railroads that transported it. In fact, the region contains the largest known deposits of anthracite coal in the Americas. The beautiful natural topography of the area is also defined by the Appalachians in the south, the Poconos in the east and the Endless Mountains in the north, which support an active camping and ski resort industry. In the middle of this region are the cities of Scranton, Pittston and Wilkes-Barre, three cities within fifteen minutes of each other located about two hours north-northeast of Philadelphia, two and a half hours northeast of New York City, one hour south of Binghamton and two hours south of Syracuse. Together the two cities have a combined population of about 550,000. Click below to see photos of buses in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.