By Salvatore F. DeLuca III
Poconos
Pennsylvania
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In Northeast Pennsylvania lie a scenic retreat, a valued national asset and vacationland known as “The Poconos.” Throughout history, people have appreciated the area and seen the beauty of the landscape and the value of the land as a natural landmark. From the original native inhabitants, to present day visitors, people of all walks of life enjoy the diversity of activities available in the Poconos.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to explore the Poconos for yourself, perhaps taking in a NASCAR event at Pocono Raceway, testing your skills on the golf courses available or racing down the slopes at the ski resorts. The Pocono Mountains are conveniently located 75 miles to the west of New York City and 75 miles to the northwest of Philadelphia. Reaching the area via automobile from either of these cities is as easy as hopping on interstate 80 or the PA turnpike, respectively. Click here to book your rental car with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). The area is also easily accessed via airplane at the Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) located in nearby Allentown, PA. Please follow the link to make your flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Suitable accommodations are abundant in the area. Rooms are available at area ski resorts, indoor water parks and casinos. Hotels and motels are easily accessed close to highway exits, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. These wonderful resorts, which are historically popular for honeymooners as well as families seeking affordable solace and recreation, offer full service establishments and amenities. They are often equipped with activities and entertainment ranging from horseback riding to boxing matches. EscapeWizard.com recommends booking your stay using the following link (http://www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a vital part of the area. It was created as the result of environmentalist protest against what is known as the Tock’s Island Dam project. In the early 1970’s, the cancellation of the creation of the dam and the debate surrounding it sparked a nationwide resurgence for protecting natural landmarks and assets. Escapewizard.com recommends a visit to Delaware Water Gap as well as a drive through the park on rte. 209, observing the beauty preserved where a 27 mile long lake “could” be. Along the free flowing river, the area is abundant with opportunities for activities.

Escapewizard.com encourages visitors to bring the family pet along for the trip. The Poconos is one of the most “dog friendly” destinations that can be found in the United States. No need for a dog sitter or kennel when visiting the Poconos, bring the pup along and enjoy the outdoors. Many hotels allow pets, often for no extra fee.

For the shopper in you, the Poconos is an inviting place to visit. Escapewizard.com suggests the factory outlet stores located directly off of interstate 80 in Tannersville. Aside from the hundreds of popular retail stores available, many shops can be found off the beaten path. Watch candles or pretzels and candies made and take some home to enjoy.

Stroudsburg, county seat of Monroe County, is the heart of the Poconos. Visiting the Stroud Mansion on Main Street will help teach the history and evolution of the Poconos. Escapewizard.com directs you to Main Street in Stroudsburg for a vibrant daytime downtown area as well as a place to experience a variety of eateries and night life. Musical talents both visit the Poconos and call the area their home. Fantastic music can be heard any night of the week in the Poconos.

Escapewizard.com also advises an exploration of Jim Thorpe, Pa, and the outskirts of the Poconos. Historic and scenic and nestled in the hills, Jim Thorpe has access to the Lehigh River and the scenic Lehigh River Gorge, home of some fantastic white water rafting.

A true vacation destination, EscapeWizard.com suggests the Poconos for people of all interests and walks of life. The changing of the seasons brings a new array of opportunity to experience wonder. A trip to Pocono Raceway in the summer, a marvelous foliage enjoying expedition in the autumn, snowboarding and skiing in the winter or an early start to your golf season in the spring, year round the Poconos has a lot to offer.