Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

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Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Fluffy white clouds roll across skies that always seem to gleam in a spectrum of blue in the Poconos. The majesty continues with a palette of rustic orange in the fall, the pristine white of snowfall in the winter, and the verdant emerald of forests and hillsides in the summer. Reigning for decades as a popular vacation area for citizens of New York and New Jersey, the Pocono Mountains must be seen in person to be believed. Lakes and rivers to explore, land to hunt, and various ski resorts provide an unforgettable outdoors experience.

The City

While not your typical "city," the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania were divided into five regions for simplicity. Spanning the Mountain Region, Lake Region, Delaware River Region, Upper Delaware River Region, and Lehigh River Gorge Region, the Mountains have emerged as one of the northeast's most frequented vacation destinations. Philadelphia Quakers initially began the onslaught of interested vacationers when they constructed the Buck Hill Falls, Pocono Manor, and Skytop resorts in the early 20th century. Since then the Poconos have remained quite popular for their wealth of natural beauty and outdoors recreations. Visitors thusly enjoy their choice of six natural areas, seven state parks, 17 state game lands, and one national park. Take your pick from watersports, fishing, hunting, and more. White-tailed deer, wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, and other wildlife thrive in the area.

Do & See

Pocono Mountain outdoor activities are available year round, making it a favorite vacation spot. Fishing and hunting remain its most popular activities. However, there is something for every nature enthusiast.

Dining

The Pocono Mountains cross into four Pennsylvania counties, so you know that the restaurant offerings are many and varied. Enjoy your meal with views of the snow-capped mountains, or on the shores of one of the many area lakes. Cuisine ranges from the offerings of casual diners and quaint bistros, to those of fine dining establishments.

Cafes

Each coffee shop, bakery, and diner has its own unique personality. Selections will vary greatly from one location to the next, so trying something new is never hard to do. Some locations are more elegant and sophisticated while others are more quaint and, at times, kitschy.

Bars & Nightlife

Many of the resorts in the Pocono Mountains region have a bar or lounge onsite, but if you wish to venture out into the city where you are staying, there are many options for entertainment. There are plenty of restaurants and pubs with great happy hour offerings, several live entertainment venues, and even a few dance clubs.

Shopping

Poconos Mountain shopping offers unique locally made gifts throughout the region. In addition to the celebrated handcrafted soaps, furniture, and foods made by the Amish population of Pennsylvania, the Pocono Region boasts an abundance of other locally-made products. here are also several malls in the area, and antique lovers will feel right at home in any of the downtown shopping districts of Jim Thorpe, Honesdale, Hawley, Milford, or Stroudsburg.