Duration: Two days and two nights
Becoming one with nature, getting your cardio workout — it’s all just that much more pleasant in Upstate PA, where the outdoors is your instant friend. Whatever your mode of climb, be it boot or bike, many of the trails are near the water, with tons of between-trail activities like swimming and fishing. You’ll also discover plenty of peaceful country inns and resorts, scenic byways, pristine rivers and creeks, historical sites and a rich diversity of restaurants that make this an ideal place for a memorable vacation. It’s easy to extend this two-day road trip into something longer.
Start the morning at the Falls Trail in Ricketts Glen, which corrals 21 of the park’s 22 amazing waterfalls, including the 38-foot F.L. Ricketts bridal-veil waterfall and the 94-foot wedding-cake Ganoga Falls. Start your hike at Lake Jean, just a few miles from the park entrance and head down the well-groomed path towards the first set of falls. Be sure to take in the diverse wildlife from cranes to white-tail deer. At some points on this hike you’ll pass up to 10 waterfalls in... Read More >
About an hour and a half away from Ricketts Glen is Lake Wallenpaupack. This man-made lake has some serious dimensions - covering 5,700 acres, stretching 13 miles long and containing 52 miles of uninterrupted shoreline, there’s plenty to do both on land and in the water. The lake has six recreation areas and features hiking, biking and walking trails, campsites and boat slips. Take note along the way of the incredible mix of trees including chestnut, oak, white pine and red maple.Read More >
This restaurant offers a comfortable and casual atmosphere for a romantic dinner or a gathering of friends and family. Seasonal menus offer innovative regional Pennsylvania cuisine prepared with the healthiest local ingredients. Not to mention, you are just a short distance from rest and relaxation in a luxurious room.Read More >
The Chop House has a patio that overlooks your new favorite body of water, Lake Wallenpaupack. Enjoy the casual atmosphere of this American menu, including steaks, seafood, salads and sandwiches.Read More >
This bed and breakfast provides the perfect atmosphere to unwind after a long day on the trails. Here you can discover the simple treasures like a stroll through their color herb gardens, a glass of wine on their terrace or just meander on the banks of the Lackawaxen River located on the Inn’s grounds.Read More >
There are plenty of trails ahead, so a stop here might be a good idea. Just grab some good socks, maybe a hat. In fact, go ahead and ask for a bit of help; the store only hires outdoors enthusiasts, so you can trust their recommendations on the best hiking and biking trails in the area. They’ll also tell you where to rent bikes and the difficulty of each trail, and provide maps that’ll keep you on all the right trails. Check their photo wall for inspiration, then sign up right there for... Read More >
A short thirty-minute drive takes you to Bushkill Falls — a hiker’s dream. The gorgeous, noisy series of eight waterfalls — the Main Falls are 100 feet high — plays soundtrack to the network of trails and bridges that wind throughout the Pocono Mountains. These trails match all levels of difficulty, from the easy ambling of Green Trail to the more difficult two-hour Red Trail that passes all eight falls. Make sure to grab a trail map and try to find all 20 points on the new Map Adventure.... Read More >
Outdoor eating, spacious decks and great food in the heart of the Pocono Mountains makes this the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a long day of hiking or biking. Try the New York Strip Steak as all their meats are hand selected, seasoned and fired on the grill. We recommend the bÃ©arnaise sauce.Read More >
Pocono Environmental Education Center
Drop in and let Mother Nature teach you a thing or two. The Pocono Environmental Education Center gives you a hands-on learning experience in an outdoor classroom. Stop by for everything from lessons in animal tracking to quilting classes.
Pocono Indian Museum
The year is 10,500 B.C., give or take a few centuries, and the Delaware Indian tribe was thriving in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area. This museum takes you on a journey through their history from their beginnings to the tribe’s near-extinction by European settlers, and their influence during the American Revolution.
Water Gap Trolley
Take a break from the road, kick your feet up, and let these expert tour guides chauffeur you through the Delaware Water Gap. The trolley experience will teach you about the Native tribes who first inhabited the region as well as the early American settlers.