AAA Four Diamond Resort with Sprawling Casino and Five Restaurants
Mount Airy Casino Resort frequently hosts acts such as Brian McKnight and bustles with a 65,000-square-foot gaming floor and a stylish nightclub. Set in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, the AAA Four Diamond resort also puts you within close range of lakes and hiking trails.
The casino overflows with table games and slot machines, and it hosts buy-in poker tournaments every day. You can use your $30 slot credit at the penny machines or high-limit slots, which include the new Giant Cash Spin Machine. Nearby at Gypsies Lounge & Nightclub, which is only open on Fridays and Saturdays, house DJs spin records over a thumping sound system late into the night. Comedians and celebrities will take the stage all summer, including Colin Quinn and JWoww from Jersey Shore.
Cash in your dining credit at any of resort’s five restaurants, including Le Sorelle Cucina, a cozy Italian bistro that serves Sicilian baked oysters and chicken parmesan. For an old-fashioned milk shake and a blue-plate special, sidle up to the counter at Betty's Diner.
Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania: Lakes and National Parks
Pocono—which translates to "stream between two mountains"—is speckled with hidden lakes and waterfalls. The Delaware State Forest features the Thunder Swamp Trail System, which meanders from lakefronts to mountain crests amid challenging, rocky terrain. Brook trout swim in the mountain streams, and deer, rabbits, and coyotes stalk through nearby groves in search of their cartoon counterparts. As the weather grows warmer, one of the best ways to take in the scenery is by portaging a canoe or kayaking through the lowland bogs.
About 40 minutes north, the town of Scranton is a living relic of the Industrial Revolution. Working steam engines puff away at the Steamtown National Historic Site. Starting in April, the Lackawanna Coal Mine will open up for visitors, who can descend 300 feet down into the 1860-era coal-mining shaft.