Hotel at a Glance: Split Rock Resort
Surrounded by 1,200 acres of beautiful forest and mountains, Split Rock Resort aims to provide an escape from city life. Suites come equipped with full kitchens, but if you don’t want to cook, there are four onsite restaurants to choose from.
- Included perks: You’ll get two daily rounds of bowling with your stay and, depending on which option you choose, a $50 activity credit or four daily water-park passes.
- Catch the latest blockbuster at the resort’s digital movie theater.
- Try for a strike at the glow-in-the-dark bowling alley.
- Make a splash at the indoor water park, which is outfitted with a four-story slide, hot tubs, and a wave pool. Open weekends only.
- Update your look in the salon with a new ‘do.
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.