Pennsylvania Tourism Office launches ‘A Biden Trail,’ honoring president’s Pa. roots

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Both Biden, a native of Scranton, and the First Lady have a connection to Pennsylvania

President Joe Biden waves with first lady Jill Biden on the Blue Room balcony at the White House, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Washington.

President Joe Biden waves with first lady Jill Biden on the Blue Room balcony at the White House, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Tourism Office is offering a new tour of President Joe Biden’s Pennsylvania roots through a new self-guided road trip, the “Joe and Jill: A Biden Trial.”

Both Biden, a native of Scranton, and the First Lady have a connection to Pennsylvania. Their first date was even in Philadelphia, according to the Tourism Bureau.

“It’s no secret that President Biden has great pride in his Pennsylvanian roots, and although our sibling state to the south may claim him as theirs, his first chapter was written here. To celebrate America’s First Family, we are highlighting spots special to the President and First Lady,” said Carrie Lepore, deputy secretary of marketing, tourism and film for the Department of Community and Economic Development. “While Pennsylvania has no shortage of historical attractions, we are marking the present as the birthplace of the sitting President and where the First Lady Dr. Jill Biden charted many of her achievements.”

The presidential road trip includes 14 stops starting in Scranton and concluding in Philadelphia, from President Biden’s childhood home and favorite sandwich shop to the First Lady’s high school and Kelly Drive, her favorite place to run. The trail also includes well-known Pennsylvania spots like the Franklin Institute and the University of Pennsylvania, where Biden received an honorary degree in 2013.

Notable stops on the trail include:

  • Biden Family Home in Scranton;
  • Green Ridge Little League, the President’s childhood baseball team; 
  • Hank’s Hoagies, the President’s favorite sandwich shop;
  • St. Paul’s Church & Grade School, the President’s elementary school and family parish;
  • Manning’s Dairy Farm, Scranton-favorite ice cream; 
  • Lafayette College, where President Biden traced his PA roots back to 1875;
  • Upper Moreland High School, the First Lady’s high school;
  • Villanova University, the First Lady’s alma mater;
  • Kelly Drive, a favorite running route for the First Lady;
  • South Philadelphia, home of the First Couple’s favorite Philly restaurant, Dante & Luigi’s;
  • Franklin Fountain, the First Lady’s favorite ice cream spot;
  • University of Pennsylvania, where President Biden received an honorary degree in 2013; 
  • Parc & The Dandelion, two restaurants that have hosted the Biden family; and 
  • Franklin Institute, a nod to the President’s admiration for the Founding Father.

More information on the trail can be found at visitPA.com/bidentrail.

For other trips and trails, including the Fred Rogers Trail honoring the Pittsburgh-area native, go to visitpa.com/trips-and-trails.

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