Heading out of the city for the summer provides a much-needed respite from the bustle of the city. If you haven’t visited the Pocono Mountains, you might be surprised to find that it’s only about a 2-hour drive from the city. You’ll experience fresh mountain air as you trade in trees for skyscrapers. Cue up a new podcast, pack your bags, and let’s go to the Poconos!
Directions: The I-80 W from the I-280 W is a straight shot to the Poconos from New York City. It’s known as the quickest route.
Delaware Water Gap
Wear your hiking gear in the car so you can make a worthwhile stop at Delaware Water Gap, which is one of the first indications that you’ve arrived in the Pocono Mountains. Your route will pass along the edge of the Delaware Water Gap. Enjoy the scenic views from the car, or park and take a walk along one of the many hiking and waterfall trails.
Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards
Relax after your hike with a trip to Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards, located in Monroe County along Cherry Creek. The family-owned vineyard is a quaint stop where you can taste some of Pennsylvania’s homegrown wines and nosh on some brick-oven pizza.
Next stop is the picturesque small town of Stroudsburg. You’ll find shopping, dining, and seasonal festivals and events. If you’re traveling on the weekend, there’s a good chance this little town is hosting some sort of outdoor event. For a small town, Stroudsburg sure has some modern charm!
The Knob Lookout
As you make your way deeper into the Pocono Mountains passing through Monroe County, take a detour to The Knob lookout for amazing scenic views of Delaware Water Gap. This viewpoint is located about one mile from Route 611 in Mount Pocono.
Stay in a Streamside Cottage
When you stay at Skytop Lodge, you can always come home to a cozy room with amazing amenities. Book your room at Skytop Lodge or call us at (855) 345-7759 for more information about planning your dream vacation, including spa packages and tee times. Drive safe!
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