Poconos is a mountainous region in Pennsylvania, known for its ranges, woodland, lakes, rivers and variety of wildlife. In the winter months the mountains around Poconos self-catering vacation rentals are popular among winter sport enthusiasts, who flock to the ten major ski areas in the region.
There are countless locations for a hiking or mountain biking trip not far from Poconos vacation accommodation. The Hickory Run State Park is home to the Boulder Field, which boasts a wealth of unusual rock formations. And there are more than 40 miles of hiking trails here, including the popular Hawk Falls trail, which leads to the waterfall of the same name.
In the region around Poconos rental accommodation you can also follow a portion of the famous Appalachian Train, which spans much of the length of the country. Here it traverses the southern portion of the Pocono Mountains.
Wayne County boasts numerous lakes, and you make your way here from a Poconos vacation rental to enjoy a range of water activities such as boating and fishing. Lake Henry is especially popular in the summer as a laid-back spot for a holiday.
If you visit a Poconos vacation home in the winter then you’ll be in one of North America’s top ski destinations. For low-key experience, there’s the Elk Mountain ski area features 27 different runs served by six ski-lifts. While a more high profile resort can be found at Camelback Mountain, which boasts excellent facilities for both ski and snowboard. There are 33 runs here, spread over 160 acres.
One of the appeals of the vacation area around Poconos self-catering accommodation is its proximity to the major cities of Philadelphia and New York. Philadelphia is within a two-hour drive and is where you’ll find the iconic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. New York City is also no more than an two hours away and features a wealth of famous landmarks and shopping streets.
The high ground around Poconos vacation accommodation brings steady snowfall throughout the winter, with many of the ski resorts in the area featuring long seasons. Summers are pleasantly warm here, with temperatures peaking at the mid-20s from June to September.
The major airports for Poconos self-catering vacation rentals are Philadelphia (PHL) and New York’s La Guardia (LGA) and JFK. These destinations have connections to London-Heathrow and London-City via British Airways and Continental. More easily reached is Scranton Airport (AVP), which offers flights to the region’s international airports for connections to the UK.