The Pocono Mountains, located in northeastern Pennsylvania, are a favorite amongst outdoor enthusiasts. This recreational paradise is easily reachable from New York City, Philadelphia and a large portion of the eastern seaboard. The Poconos encompass seven state parks, 72,000 acres of state forests, and the 70,000 acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This region is a natural retreat, which includes some of the most scenic hiking trails found anywhere. From easy walks to rugged hikes, the Poconos hiking trail system is for everyone.
Whitewater Rafting the Lehigh River Gorge makes for exciting and unforgettable days. The Lehigh River passes national historic sites, wildlife and some spectacular scenery. The Lehigh also offers variety ranging white water rafting from easy floats to class II rapids.
An incredible variety of mountain bike trails and dirt roads can be found within the Pocono’s. Trails ranging from easy to extremely difficult offer endless riding opportunities. The Big Pocono Trail is one of the highest elevation rides in the Poconos offering wonderful views of the Delaware Water Gap. The town of Jim Thorpe is rated as one of the top 3 mountain biking destinations in the United States by Cycling magazine. There are many other ways to experience the scenic beauty of the Pocono Mountains, from horseback riding, to trolley and train rides, to rising above it all with an air tour. Historic sites, museums, galleries, and interesting architecture are offered by the quaint downtowns. Music and theatre lovers can delight in blues, jazz, and bluegrass, classical music, and film festivals.
An ideal place for a golf getaway is the Pocono Mountains. The more than 30 golf courses in the area range from challenging championship courses designed by such notables as Robert Trent Jones, Geoffrey Cornish, A.W. Tillinghast and Jack Nicklaus, to more friendly nine hole links. Unique challenges to golfers of all levels are offered by these scenic fairways.
The crystal clear rivers and lakes of the state, especially Lake Wallenpaupack, the third largest lake in the state, offer awesome boating, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, and scenic dinner cruises. There are way to many lodging options to list but rest assured that there is a hotel, motel, Bed and Breakfast, lodge, cabin, campground, resort, or vacation package to fit every taste and budget.
Pennsylvania offers something for every vacation and travel need so don’t wait start planning your next trip to this scenic wonderland and save big money by taking advantage of all the great free savings for this all season vacation region.
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