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Leaf Peepers: Pocono Mountains

Duration: Three days and three nights

Encompassing 2,400 square miles of rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, verdant forests and 170 miles of winding rivers, the Pocono Mountains region of Northeast Pennsylvania is a woodland paradise less than two hours driving distance from New York City and Philadelphia.

The varied landscape presents scenic views in every season, but few sights compare to the breathtaking  fall foliage. The Pocono Mountains is home to 127 indigenous species of trees, plants, and shrubs that burst into bold hues every autumn. Colorful leaves blanket and illuminate the countryside, creating a dramatic backdrop for outdoor activities of all kinds.

Stay, explore and experience the beauty of autumn in the Pocono Mountains.  

Lehigh Gorge

Start the morning with a scenic train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, and then bike back down at your own pace. Pairing leisure with adventure, this all-day outing is an exhilarating way to see the trees around Jim Thorpe. Events are scheduled select dates in October and November. Just want to relax? The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway offers Autumn Leaf excursions on weekends through October.

Jim Thorpe

Take the afternoon to tour and explore! Visit mansions, museums, and galleries around Jim Thorpe. A background of fall foliage makes these beauties stand out. We suggest: The Asa Packer Mansion, the Harry Packer Mansion and the Old Jail Museum.  

While in Jim Thorpe, stop into one of the pubs for dinner. Both the Broadway Grille & Pub and Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse feature tasty comfort food with a historic flair.

In the evening, step back in time during a walking tour of Jim Thorpe. Take a self-guided tour throughout the streets and enjoy sightseeing, shopping, and culture. Jim Thorpe’s famed Fall Foliage Festival is generally set for the first three weekends in October. Events include live music, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, and more fall fun for all ages!

Cozy up at a bed and breakfast. Jim Thorpe is home to charming bed and breakfasts like the Times House, Hill Home Forge, and Rosemary Remembrances II.

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