Pilgrimage to Scranton Anyone?
Creators of the American version of The Office admit they selected Scranton, Pa. as its locale because they wanted a city that exemplified bland, non-descript Middle America. On the show, the city hosts a regional office of fake paper supply company Dunder Mifflin. In real life, Scranton embraces its depiction as Anywhere, USA.
Mayor Chris Doherty flies the company banner outside City Hall, and you just know Scranton officials are not-so-secretly thinking "cottage tourism industry" with this one.
The show's creators enjoy inserting real Scranton references into dialogue and on the set. There's even a blog dedicated to tracking these occurrences and a fan convention coming up in October. Here are a few places to put on your visit list, all of which have made cameos on the show.