From picture-perfect small towns to awe-inspiring natural surroundings, the Pocono Mountains region of Pennsylvania is chock full of places to take pictures outdoors. Whether you're hoping to capture vacation memories to share with family or looking for stunning photoshoot locations for a special occasion or event, keep reading for the ultimate photo guide to the Poconos!

No matter your skill level or what equipment you're using, you’ll find fantastic places to take pictures all around the four counties of the Pocono Mountains, including downtown areas filled with historic buildings, idyllic places to stay, incredible outdoor beauty and restaurants serving up dishes that are almost too beautiful to eat.

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Old World Vibes in Jim Thorpe

You don't have to travel all the way to Europe to take photos against cobblestone streets and beautiful brick Victorian houses. A stroll through historic and photogenic Jim Thorpe leads to one photo op after the next. Book a stay at one of the historic accommodations in town, like The Dolon House below, for even more timeless picture spots.

Scenic Stroudsburg Storefronts

Vibrant Stroudsburg, located in the heart of the Poconos, has a walkable downtown full of photo-worthy corners as well as galleries, wineries, and boutiques like The Apple Tree.

Honesdale's Charming Shops

Nestled in pastoral, rolling hills, Honesdale's row of rainbow-colored storefronts radiates charm. Why not take some of the Instagram aesthetic back with you? Shops like Gather are full of one-of-a-kind treasures to up your design game at home.


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Brunch Goals in Milford

No Instagram photo shoot is complete without brunch! Pull up a seat at Bar Louis on the porch of the Hotel Fauchère and watch small town life go by in historic Milford.

Dramatic Waterfalls

Waterfalls are must-visit and must-capture sights in the Poconos. Shohola Falls is located right off of Route 6 and can be reached by a short but steep climb down the stone steps near the parking lot. Use slow-mo video mode or a slow shutter speed on your camera for a dramatic shot.

Lakeside Sunset

From the summit to the shore, 150 lakes in the Poconos offer plentiful opportunities to snap the sun rising or setting over the water. With 55 miles of shoreline, Lake Wallenpaupack has plenty of spots to capture an incredible sky reflected in the lake.

Riverside Splendor

When you're out paddling on our 170 river miles, you want to stay focused and practice good water safety; but once you're back on shore, the foliage, hills and water are an ideal frame for an Instagram shot. Explore the Delaware River with Lander's River Trips, then snap a photo with your colorful kayak and oar before you pack up.

Tranquil Mountaintop Vistas

Hiking to the summit of one of our mountains is an experience you won't forget - and one you'll want to photograph! Many of the region's trails lead to incredible panoramic views, such as the Cliff Trail, pictured below, which winds along Raymondskill Ridge overlooking the Delaware River.

Porch Perfection

With a porch like this, who wouldn't be taking photos? Grand Skytop Lodge has enough rocking chairs for the whole family on their beautiful terrace porch overlooking the resort's lush and colorful gardens.

Gorgeous Glacial Geology

Located on the shores of Lake Harmony, family-friendly Split Rock Resort is named after this striking geological feature on the property, created by the movement of glaciers in the region 300 million years ago. It's the perfect "wow" backdrop for a photo session.

The Legendary Heart-Shaped Tub

The iconic heart-shaped tubs at Cove Pocono Resorts became famous long before the advent of Instagram, but they still make for eye-popping, scroll-stopping photos. Plan a visit with your sweetheart to one of three different couples-only, all-inclusive properties to experience the love!

Lunch with a View

Have you ever eaten next to a waterfall? The dining experience at Glass - Wine.Bar.Kitchen at Ledges Hotel in Hawley is one of a kind. Paupack High Falls are the perfect backdrop for your wine glass or plate.

Local Food Art

Made with locally-sourced ingredients, the dishes at Native in Honesdale are as tasty as they are tastefully-presented. See if you can hold off on your first bite long enough to take a pic!


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Photogenic Dishes

Foodie photo fanatics should schedule a stop at The Gorge Eatery in Lehighton. You're sure to find excellent lighting in this bright and airy space, and the food is so beautiful it needs to be photographed before you dig in!

Drinks to Earn that Double Tap

Choose from two distinct atmospheres at Jive Bar & Lounge in Milford: the sleek main lounge bar or the nostalgic garage bar around back. No matter where you sit, you'll be served up delicious and beautiful cocktails, drinks and food.

For even more tips, watch the Pocono Television Network video segment below to look through the lens of local photographers and learn about some of their favorite locations in the area:

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