If you are nostalgic for the experience of summer camp – of peaceful days and starry nights in an outdoor playground – the Pocono Mountains promises the right amount of fishing, hiking, or relaxing on the porch. Come fall or winter, rolling mountain terrain plays host to an autumn canopy of color, a sanctuary for the senses and an adventure course for winter sports enthusiasts. Lace up your snow boots, rev up your engines, or roll the dice – you can’t go wrong.
Ride the slopes at Blue Mountain Resort or Camelback Mountain Resort, marvel at the eight waterfalls of Bushkill Falls, take in views of foliage and wildflowers at Hickory Run State Park, or try stand-up paddle boarding at Lake Wallenpaupack.
Tour the French chateau-style mansion at Grey Towers National Historic Site, ride in vintage locomotive coaches on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, or experience daily farm life during the late 18th and 19th centuries at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm.
Get a thrill as racecars speed past you at the Pocono Raceway, or as you fly down the Anaconda water roller coaster at Kalahari Waterpark. Meet exotic animals at Claws “N” Paws Wild Animal Park, or see how ice sculptures are made with a factory tour at Sculpted Ice Works.
Keystoner Tip: Dog sled with a team of Siberian Huskies as you traverse snow drenched forests and head up to the Dutch Colonial-style Skytop Lodge with Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours.
Discover serene moments in the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which straddles the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border. Whether you’re hiking along the Appalachian Trail, kayaking the spectacular Delaware Water Gap, biking along the 32-mile McDade Recreational Trail, fishing in a woodland stream, or picnicking among wildflowers, you’re bound to find your quiet place.