Resort at a Glance: Camelback Resort
From its scenic spot in the heart of the Poconos, Camelback Resort can entertain guests with family-friendly activities spanning all four seasons. This deal includes passes for each guest to the award-winning Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. Named the #1 water park in America in 2015 by readers of USA Today, the 125,00 sq. ft. park is known for its thrilling Storm Chaser, which the paper describes as “the longest indoor water coaster in the USA.”
- Where you’ll stay: You’ll have your choice of three sumptuously appointed suites: the spacious double-queen, the king bunk, or the family-friendly two-bedroom suite. You can expect homey amenities, which range from a microwave and refrigerator to flat-screen TVs and sleeper sofas.
- Thrill ride: This deal includes two tickets to the Mountain Coaster at the Mountain Adventure Park.
- Eat well at the resort’s several restaurants; options include the buffet-style Hemispheres, the maritime-themed Neptune’s, and Trail’s End Pub and Grille, the mountainside tavern where beers and burgers await.
- Relax at Serenity Spa, where technicians pamper guests with skin care, massages, and body treatments; there’s even a separate Men’s Retreat Cave (additional fees apply).
- Get outside at Camelback Mountain Adventures, where activities such as zip lines, mountain adventure courses, and Segway tours help you get in touch with the surrounding landscape (additional fees apply).
Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains: Hiking, Trout Fishing, and Historical Towns
The Poconos region of northeastern Pennsylvania accounts for some 2,400 square miles of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and forests. The area has been a popular vacation destination ever since Pennsylvania Quakers opened a hotel here on the Delaware River in 1829. Today, the Poconos draw more than 25 million annual visitors, thanks to year-round recreational opportunities and stunning natural scenery.
The warmer months are a great time to explore the region’s lakes and wooded hills. For spectacular hikes, check out Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where you can trek to dramatic waterfalls or follow a 27-mile section of the historic Appalachian Trail. A handful of little towns full of antique shops and galleries nestle in the mountains, too. You’ll find boutique wine galleries and historical mansions tucked away on country roads, including the late 19th-century Asa Packer Mansion, which is open for tours, in the borough of Jim Thorpe.