Hotel at a Glance: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
The brand-new Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in the Poconos packs a an outdoor pool, a spa, and several restaurants and bars into its 150-acres complex. These onsite attractions are only the beginning: the park will continue to expand the indoor and outdoor park during a second phase of development.
- Family-friendly accommodations: Up to four people can stay in the comfy desert room, which features an HDTV and free WiFi access.
- Splish spash down high-speed water coasters, and soak up sunshine in the lazy river at the resort’s indoor water park.
- Where to eat: Families can gather around the table at one of four restaurants, ranging from a wide-ranging buffet dinner to a tavern and grill. Afterwards, indulge in a caramel apple sprinkled with gummy worms at the onsite Last Bite dessert shoppe
- Take a spa day: Therapists at Spa Kalahari can refresh your feet with a pedicure or soothe sore muscles with a hot-stone massage.
Pocono Mountains: Hiking, Trout Fishing, and Quaint, 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 nearly 24 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. Throughout the region are dozens of lakes and streams filled with bass and trout. Lake Wallenpaupack, located 30 miles east of Scranton, is one of the best fishing spots in the state.
There are diversions outside of hiking and fishing, too. A handful of quaint little towns full of antique shops and galleries nestle in the mountains. 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.