Welcome to Upstate & the Poconos
The Poconos mountains – the fun-to-pronounce name comes from the Lenape for 'creek between two hills' – rise in rocky crusts and folds across the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, and contain some 2400 sq miles of mountains, streams, waterfalls, lakes and forests. The mountains are bordered on the east by the Delaware Water Gap, to the west by coal country, and to the south by the Lehigh Valley. The Poconos escarpment lays within mere hours of major urban areas, and for decades this was an easily accessible honeymoon retreat (if you grew up in the area, you might remember lodges advertising heart-shaped beds and martini-glass-shaped bathtubs. Classy!). Today, the region's considerable outdoor charms are the main draw for tourists seeking a wilderness (as opposed to wildly passionate) escape.