Check back on July 6, 2023 when this blog will be updated! In need of some fresh mountain air? Take a break from Manhattan's summer heat: just a two hour drive away from the city, you'll find cool waterways and lakes, unspoiled mountains covered in lush greenery and laid-back small towns full of history and charm. The Pocono Mountains is about 100 miles away from New York City, an ideal distance for a day trip or weekend getaway. Several major highways including I-84, I-380, I-476 and I-80 (the most direct route) lead visitors up into our hills.

The region encompasses 2,400 square miles and four counties: Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Carbon. Winding scenic roads like Route 402, Route 507 and Route 6 lead to antique shops, historic sites and attractions, hiking and biking trails galore, delicious local dining, craft breweries and wineries, plus world-class, one-of-a-kind accommodations. Start planning your escape! Keep reading to discover things to see and do in the Poconos that you won't want to miss.

Find Your Weekend Mountain Home

The Pocono Mountains is home to plenty of places to stay that you can't find anywhere else. Historic accommodations like Skytop Lodge or French Manor Inn & Spa offer the timeless countryside peace and luxury that have tempted tourists here for generations. You'll find places to stay with fine dining, relaxing spa facilities and renowned golf right on site, everything you need for a retreat away from the crowds of the city.

Skytop Lodge

  • One Skytop Lodge Road
  • (855) 345-7759

The AAA Four Diamond-rated Skytop Lodge has been a premier northeastern resort for over 90 years offering a selection of lodging that is as unique as the needs of its guests. Choose from the grand, historic lodge or the serene privacy of…

French Manor Inn and Spa

  • 50 Huntingdon Drive
  • (570) 676-3244

Spacious, uncompromising accommodations together with its AAA Four Diamond restaurant make The French Manor perfect for your next mountaintop spa getaway. Enjoy peaceful mountain views at The French Manor Inn and Spa, a Four Diamond spa…

For a classic family vacation all ages will love, experience the warm welcome and hospitality of family-owned properties like Woodloch Resort and Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort. Looking to move into a cabin or vacation home rental for the weekend? We've got plenty to choose from!

Woodloch Resort

  • 731 Welcome Lake Road
  • (800) 966-3562

Named the #1 Family Resort in America. An award-winning lakeside resort in the Pocono Mountains, celebrating over 60 years of bringing families together. Inclusive packages and activity schedules focused on creating memories to last a…

Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort

  • 155 Keen Lake Road
  • (570) 488-6161

Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort is a privately owned, 90-acre, spring-fed mountain lake located in the scenic Pocono Mountains. It's time to gather at the lake! Celebrating 67 years of single-family ownership, Keen Lake is an…

Fun for the Whole Family (and Fido!)

With the Lehigh River on the western edge of our region and the Delaware River on the eastern edge, plus plenty of lakes and waterways in between, the Poconos is a picture-perfect destination for canoeing and kayaking, thrilling whitewater rafting expeditions or just a lazy day tubing or relaxing by the water's edge. But the splash-worthy attractions don't stop there. You'll find some of the largest and most impressive indoor and outdoor waterpark resorts in the country in our area. Surf the FlowRiders, float in the lazy rivers, or even try America's first virtual reality waterslide.

Waterpark Resorts

Pack up your swimsuits and head to the Pocono Mountains for a family vacation sure to make a splash!

When it comes to family fun in the Poconos, four-legged family members are welcome too! You'll find lots of dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and attractions where your pet is welcome to come along for a hike, an ice cream cone or even to stay for the night!

Explore with Local Experts

For an insider's look at the region, let the people who know the Poconos best show you where to go and what to see. Take a guided tour of the scenic town of Jim Thorpe with the Jim Thorpe Trolley Company, or explore the winding roads further afield in the Lehigh Gorge area with Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz.

Jim Thorpe Trolley Company

  • (570) 732-8698

Discover and explore Jim Thorpe aboard an open-air trolley! The Historic Trolley Tour Pass is a great way to discover and explore Jim Thorpe. Ride the nostalgic trolley for a fully-narrated journey highlighting the history of the borough…

Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz

  • 16 West Broadway
  • (570) 249-1570

"Your chariot awaits." Enjoy a sightseeing experience not found anywhere else in the Pocono Mountains and treat yourself to an exhilarating motorcycle tour around Jim Thorpe. Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz is a member of the United Sidecar…

Camelback Mountain Adventures offers fun tours of Big Pocono State Park via Segway, or you can take a relaxing cruise on Lake Wallenpaupack with Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours. Looking to go beyond ground and water? Take to the skies with Moyer Aviation to get an aerial view of the region.

Moyer Aviation

  • Pocono Mountains Airport
  • (570) 839-7161

Experience breathtaking views of the Delaware Water Gap and other sights from the air with…

Savor Fresh Flavors and Craft Beverages

No getaway is complete without some delicious things to eat! In the Pocono Mountains, you'll find a wide variety of restaurants and dining to choose from. Why not sample colorful produce fresh from local fields at Hanna's Farm Market, Monroe Farmer's Market or The Cooperage Project

Hanna's Farm Market

  • 811 Stoney Hollow Road
  • (570) 442-7045

Hanna's Farm Market is a family owned and operated, full-service farm market. Stop by to…

For a true foodie experience, get a behind-the-scenes look at the ethically-sourced, small-batch delicacies being made at Moka Origins Coffee Roasters Cafe and Chocolate Factory, or tour the state-of-the art greenhouses at Pocono Organics, one of the largest regenerative organic farms in North America.

Moka Origins Roastery Cafe and Chocolate Factory

  • 952 Bethany Turnpike
  • (570) 979-1010

Located within the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA, Moka Origins operates a coffee roastery and chocolate factory that serve a worldwide community. Dedicated to making a positive social impact in the worlds of cacao and coffee beans…

Pocono Organics

  • 1015 Long Pond Road
  • (570) 646-1100

Pocono Organics are one of the largest Regenerative Organic Certified farms in North America. Take a behind-the-scenes, 30-minute guided walking tour of 38,000 square feet of greenhouses and learn about this state-of-the-art facility. Learn…

Perfect for date night or an outing with friends, the Pocono Beverage Trail highlights local breweries, distilleries and wineries. From moonshine to unique vintages to small-batch beers, locally-crafted spirits are served up in airy tasting rooms, atmospheric bars and sprawling vineyards around the region.

NYC Traveler FAQ

  • The Pocono Mountains region is roughly 100 miles away from New York City, about a two hours' drive. The most direct driving route is via I-80.

  • Located in the upper northeastern corner of the state of Pennsylvania, the Poconos region encompasses Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Carbon counties. New York and New Jersey are right across the Delaware River along the region's northern and eastern borders.

  • Several bus lines provide service from New York City to towns in the Poconos. Martz Bus runs from NYC to towns in Monroe County including Stroudsburg and Mount Pocono. Shortline Bus runs to towns in Wayne and Pike counties like Milford, Honesdale and Hawley, while Trailways runs to Jim Thorpe and Carbon County. Be sure to check each bus company's website for up-to-date routes and departure times.

  • Bus companies like Martz Bus, Shortline Bus via Coach USA and Trailways provide bus service from the New York City Port Authority Bus Terminal to towns in the Poconos like Stroudsburg, Milford, Honesdale and Jim Thorpe.

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