In need of some fresh mountain air? Take a break from the city's summer heat: escape from NYC to the Poconos! Just a two hours' drive away from Manhattan, 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.
- 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…
- 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!
- 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…
- 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, and splash the day away with family and friends.
When it comes to family fun in the Poconos, four-legged family members are welcome too! You'll find lots of dog-friendly hotels, pet-friendly dining, 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. Venture back in time in charming Delaware Water Gap with a trip aboard The Pocono Historic Trolley Tour or an afternoon with Tour the Castle to learn about the storied Victorian resorts which first made the Poconos a beloved vacation destination over two hundred years ago.
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 or take your thrills to the next level at Pegasus Skydive Center in Saylorsburg.
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 outdoor 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. Get to know local growers with Pocono Television Network: watch the recent interview series for an inside look at the green and growing farms in the Poconos.
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.
- 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…
- 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 small-batch beers to unique vintages, hand-crafted spirits are served up in airy tasting rooms, atmospheric bars and sprawling vineyards around the region. Be sure to sign up for the free Pocono Beverage Trail digital passport to access discounts and earn points as you visit different properties along the trail. You can even snag a free hat when you check-in to at least six different participating locations during your trip!
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.
Don't forget to take a look at more things to do and upcoming events as you start planning your escape. Browse current packages and deals to lock in savings on your getaway. Visiting midweek is a great way to maximize your vacation budget: take a few of your well-earned vacation days and enjoy lighter crowds and lower rates in the middle of the week. See you in the Poconos!