Williamsport is a city in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania.
Williamsport is connected to two Interstates: I-180 and I-99. I-180, which terminates at Interstate 80 south of Williamsport, is the road you'll use if you're coming from New York or Philadelphia. From Pittsburgh, you'll use I-99, which is not entirely completed and still has some non-expressway gaps, so expect construction and some confusion. (You might spot signs saying "Future I-99 corridor" on the drive in). Points north should use US-15, which will one day be I-99. The area north of Williamsport is sparsely populated though, so there will probably be little in the way of delays, just a rather scenic mountain drive.
The main airport servicing the area is Williamsport Regional Airport (IATA: IPT, ICAO: KIPT), located in nearby Montoursville. Options are extremely limited, with only one destination served: US Airways flies to their hub in Philadelphia. Because US Airways has a monopoly on the airport, flying to Williamsport can be an expensive endeavor.
River Valley Transit routes include:
Newberry ● Loyalsock ● Vallamont ● Super Nightline ● Montoursville ● South Side ● West Third St. ● East End ● Park Ave./Garden View ● Downtown Connector ● Valley View Connector ● Lycoming Mall ● Tri-Town Connectors ● Jersey Shore Connector
- Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, ☎ (570) 326-1486, . M-Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 12PM-7PM. Lots of Little League trivia and memorabilia, along with profiles of distinguished ex-Little Leaguers. $5 for adults, $1.50 for children 13 and under, $3 for seniors, and free for children under 4.
- Otto Bookstore, 107 West Fourth Street, ☎ 570-326-5764, . This independent bookstore has been selling books downtown for decades. They stock Pennsylvania travel guides and sometimes have readings by local authors.
- 33 East, 33 East 3rd St (market turn right on third), ☎ 570-322-1900, . 5PM-10PM. 33 East is one of the area's most popular "fine dining" establishment. The food is excellent (albeit a little pricey), as is the atmosphere and service. Brought back to life after a complete and utter restoration, 33 East is a delight to your senses. (41.24,-77.00)
- Bullfrog Brewery, 229 West Fourth St, ☎ (570) 326-4700 ([email protected], fax: (570) 326-2998), . A very good local restaurant/microbrewery - it makes a nice change from the plethora of chain eateries in the city. The food and drink are both excellent, but it's best to make reservations for evening. It can get busy. $10-25 entrees.
- Peter Herdic House, 407 West Fourth St, ☎ (570) 322-0165 ([email protected]), . The Peter Herdic House, one of the most famous Victorian-style mansions left over from the prosperous logging days of Williamsport's history (which used to have more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the world) is now an inn and fine dining restaurant. The menu is seasonal, and ranges from Parmesan Crusted Shrimp and a side Pear, Walnut and Gorgonzola Salad to Salmon in a Dijon Cream and Homemade Linguine Carbonara with Broccoli. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcomed. $15-25 entrees.
- Pazzo Restaurant, 326 Court Street, ☎ (570) 320-1808. M-Sa 5PM-10PM. Pazzo is a very small corner restaurant which is extremely unique with a seasonal menu. Examples include a sushi-style Duck Roll, Baby Arugula Salad with Prociutto and Mozerella and a Balsamic Glaze, and always-changing desserts. The atmosphere is very dark and cozy, with a baroque almost-gothic feel with crimson walls, large ornate mirrors, and a diamond/joker theme. House-made garlic breadsticks are served free with a side of olive oil and salt and pepper. The establishment is fairly esoteric as it lies in an ally, but for those who know it it's a favorite. Midrange for the uniqueness of the food.
- DiSalvo's, 341 East Fourth St, ☎ (570) 327-1200 ([email protected]), . Lunch M-F 11:30AM-2PM, Dinner M-Th 5PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5PM-10PM. Best Italian restaurant in the area, hands-down. The atmosphere is nice, too. $10-25 entrees.
- The Golden Strip, East Third Street. The Golden Strip (as the locals call East Third Street) has the highest concentration of stores and restaurants in the city. Most of the eateries are part of chains, so if you're looking for anything from McDonald's to TGIF to Red Lobster, it's right along this half-mile stretch of road.
- Coffee and Tea Room, 217 W 4th St, ☎ (570) 326-1760, . M-Th 8AM-9PM; F 8AM-11PM; Sa 9AM-9PM. [Note: this establishment has been closed for several years now.] The Coffee and Tea Room is a coffeehouse, a cafe, an art gallery, and a cultural meeting place. It offers a large selection of specialty drinks including cappuccino, mocha, latte, cocoa, full-leaf tea (many styles available) and a special Kona Blend freshly brewed coffee. They offer a selection of muffins, scones, bagels, cookies and cinnamon rolls, each baked fresh daily. For sustenance, the Coffee and Tea Room offers a variety of wraps, panini sandwiches, salads, and soups, each individually-inspired. An internet-connected computer is free to use as is WiFi access. Tarot card readings also take place here and earthy clothes and objects can be purchased in the front of the restaurant. The seating consists of unique chairs, sofas, and armchairs in individual settings - from two to six or so.
- Franco's Lounge (http://www.francoslounge.com/), 12 West Fourth Street, ☎ 570-327-1840, . Authentic italian food, from bread to pastas and desserts, home-made and absolutely the best in the region. Menu has both traditional italian cuisine as well as unique dishes that are sure to please the palate. Atmosphere is cozy but elegant and the owners will make you feel at home!