The best places to spend your vacations are a treat no matter what time of year you stop by. The Pocono Mountains are a popular choice for adventures among families and people across the East Coast who want to escape the city life for a little bit and become one with nature.
Before you plan your visit to the Poconos, you need to first determine when you’ll visit so that you’ll know what you’ll be able to do. You’ll have an easy time finding where to stay, eat out and go shopping during your visit. You’ll need the right phone and similar devices for photographing and recording your adventures. Here are tips for what to do for your time off in the Poconos.
Before going on your escapades make sure you can use your phone to record videos to remember your trip by, as well as take photos of attractions and sites to send home to family and friends to show off your good time. You’ll find plenty of cell phone stores in Pennsylvania where you can make updates to your phone or purchase a new one that has more options. If you want more insurance, you can purchase accessories such as chargers and cases to make sure your phone is always ready to go and better protected.
While you’re out shopping, you should take time to see what the boutiques, art galleries, flea markets and craft and specialty shops have to offer for souvenirs. If you’re visiting from another state and want to buy some new clothes, you’ll be happy to know that there is no sales tax on clothing in the Keystone State, which will save you money for other parts of your vacation.
Exploring the Outdoors
The spring, fall and summer make the Poconos a perfect spot for hiking and exploring the outdoors. Bushkill Falls is among the tourist areas that make this possible, and its eight waterfalls have earned it the nickname of the “Niagara of Pennsylvania.” The falls are easy to come across during your hike in the mountains and provide enough scenery if the views of the surrounding areas from the top of the mountains aren’t enough. The best views are from the bottom, the bridges, and the surrounding forest.
Big Pocono State Park is another good option for a good hike or bike ride. Not only do you get some exercise and some fresh air, but you’ll be able to take amazing photos of the other mountains and fields nearby from the top of your climb. Areas for fishing are nearby for those days when you want to take it easy and enjoy peace and out on the water.
Parks and Resorts
If you happen to stop by during the winter and are a fan of skiing and snowboarding, then you’ll want to make visiting Camelback Mountain Resort a priority. Located at Camelback Mountain, one of the most popular mountains in the Poconos, this resort offers a long list of slopes for skiers and snowboarders to get some new thrills and show off their moves. Make sure you have someone recording your tricks as proof for the doubters back home. Slopes for snow tubing are available for people aren’t as experienced in these activities and prefer an easier time riding down the hills.
Skiers who visit the area and find the slopes to be crowded can also try those available at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area. Those who prefer to stop by Camelback Mountain during the summer will be able to enjoy a variety of rides at its water park, including the Sand Storm, Dune Runner, Triple Venom and Vortex. Smaller rides that the whole family can enjoy together are available, too. Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is also popular for its kid-friendly rides.
Restaurants & Hotels
Several restaurants throughout the Poconos will help you end the day right after a long day of hiking, biking, skiing and snowboarding, or if you spend the afternoon golfing or watching a NASCAR race at the Pocono Raceway. Farm-to-table restaurants are growing in popularity because more people want to know where their food comes from. The options in the Poconos include the River Room Gastropub, TREE Restaurant and Bar and Settlers Inn. Thai and Italian restaurants are also popular in the area.
Hotels throughout the Poconos help people relax at the end of a long day of adventure, and those comfortable with popular options such as the Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn will not be disappointed. Other choices include the Pocono Palace Resort, Mount Airy Casino and Resort and Split Rock Resort if you enjoy certain settings. Pick a room that provides a great view of the area to photograph so you can show the people back at home.
Keep these recommendations in mind so that you can enjoy the Poconos and tell your friends all the things you did.