Duration: Two days and two nights
Places like this part of the state are loaded with photo opportunities. The kind of shots that you post in your office or your Facebook page, and your friends say things like "Whoa, where did you go?" Here, that's where. This is the dramatic end of the state with the unfettered valleys and imposing mountains that practically pose for a camera and say cheese. We'll show you the Poconos, their very photogenic neighbor, Kempton, and the mountaintops, rugged trails and historic towns along the way. So break out the tripod, do some index finger stretches, and get ready for some sky blue skies, furry critters and sprawling valleys for as far as the eye, or 10x zoom lens, can see.
Deitsch Eck (Dutch Corner) is among the area’s finest family-operated restaurants, serving heaping portions of PA Dutch food. Get ready for staples like fritters, chowchow and chicken pot pie. And don't forget the pickled beets.Read More >
There are countless luxury hotels, inns and B&Bs in the area, and this is one of the most charming. Located in Pennsylvania's scenic Blue Mountain valley just 20 minutes from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Cabela’s retail, nearby Kutztown University and some of Pennsylvania’s award-winning wineries, this lodge combines the finest European bed and breakfast tradition with American comfort.Read More >
Barley Creek Brewing Company is the Pocono Mountain's original brewpub and is home to more than 600 personalized beer mugs and an official wiffle ball stadium. Plus, they have a brewery, where you can actually make your own beer. Not that you'll have time for brewing your own, with all the eating to be done. You can't go wrong with the burgers here. But go ahead and try the special shepherd's pie; it's as hearty and tasty as they come.Read More >
This inn is on the National Registry of Historic Places and has welcomed guests since 1902. This resort is located on more than 3,000 acres with indoor and outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art spa and the Manor Sports Lodge where you can fish, ski and clay shoot. Guests will enjoy the Manor’s Laurel Spa and sports including Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing and sporting clays, horseback riding, two championship golf courses, and 25,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. Relax at the end of a long day with some of PA’s finest malts and imported beers in the Manor’s two cozy lounges.Read More >
Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour
Travel through the centuries, starting at 1839, with this bridge tour through the Lehigh Valley. Along the way, you’ll see seven picture-worthy covered bridges just begging for a place in your photo album. The tour spans 50 miles’ worth of Pennsylvania history, across which communities came together in the 1900s to construct each bridge for the greater good of travelers. The tour leaves plenty of time for stops to picnic, snap some photos and enjoy the scenery.
Lancaster Central Market
In the heart of Amish country sits America’s oldest farmer’s market. Housed in a 120-year old red brick building, you’ll find regional specialties like Dutch sausage and scrapple, dozens of homemade fruit preserves, bread and butter pickles and cool souvenirs. Central Market is a favorite gathering place for the community where locals have enjoyed socializing with neighbors and friends for decades.
Chickies Rock County Park
Chickies Rock Park is Lancaster County's second largest regional park. At a height of 100 feet above the Susquehanna River, you’ll enjoy impressive views of York County, the borough of Marietta, and farmlands of northwestern Lancaster County. The park also hosts collection of historical treasures; you might just see remnants of old furnaces, canal walls, and trolley-line grades for antique photography. Take a boat out onto the Susquehanna, try your hand at fly fishing, leisurely hike and enjoy access to a public pavilion to make a day of your detour.
Lehigh Gorge State Park
A visit to Lehigh Gorge State Park will provide beautiful scenery among a deep, steep-walled gorge carved by a river, nature trails, abandoned railroad grades and waterfalls. The park follows the Lehigh River from the outlet of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Francis E. Walter Dam at the northern end to the quaint, historic town of Jim Thorpe at the southern end. Whitewater boating, hiking, biking and sightseeing are favorite activities for visitors.
From the mounts to the sculpture, Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA is not only a shopper’s mecca but boasts an amazing collection of taxidermy that represents animals from across the globe. The incredible fish aquarium is a sight to see, in addition to the 250,000 square foot showroom which serves as an educational and entertainment attraction featuring decor of museum-quality animal displays and trophy animals interacting in realistic recreations of their natural habitats.