The Pocono Mountains are one of the top destinations in the Northeast, and for good reason.  With a blend of natural beauty, exhilarating adventures, and cultural delights they bring visitors from all over the United States. As you make your 2024 vacation plans, the Poconos promise a getaway that will check off every box on your bucket list. From scenic train rides to heart-pounding NASCAR races, tranquil lakeside retreats to thrilling days on the snowy slopes, the Poconos offer an array of experiences that cater to every traveler’s desires.  Come along with us as we explore a Bucket List of great things to experience in the Poconos in 2024!

All Aboard: Scenic Train Rides

Kick off your Poconos adventure with a beautiful and scenic train ride that traverses the breathtaking landscapes of the region. The historic Stourbridge Line and the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway both offer a variety of journeys through the countryside, where you can take in panoramic views of rolling hills, lush forests, and charming towns. As they chug along, you’ll feel transported to a bygone era, relishing the romance of rail travel while creating memories that will last a lifetime.  Each of them offer special themed rides, from Christmas tours to beer tasting and more.  Enjoy biking through nature?  Purchase your Bike Train tickets in advance.  Check out their websites for upcoming events and route schedules.

Nature’s Majesty: Enjoy our Parks

For nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers, a visit to Lehigh Gorge State Park is a must. This pristine wilderness boasts rugged terrain, deep gorges, and the stunning Lehigh River, making it an idyllic playground for hiking, biking, fishing and whitewater rafting. Some other parks you do not want to miss are Hickory Run State ParkBushkill Falls referred to as The Niagara of Pennsylvania, Tobyhanna State ParkBeltzville State Park  and Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Speed and Spectacle: NASCAR Racing at Pocono Raceway

Rev up your excitement with a thrilling day at the Pocono Raceway in July, where the roar of engines and cheering fans fills the air. Home to exciting NASCAR races and more, this iconic venue promises heart-stopping action as drivers navigate the unique “Tricky Triangle” track layout. Join thousands of racing enthusiasts as you witness the adrenaline-fueled spectacle of high-speed competition, creating memories that will leave you on the edge of your seat.  This year’s 51st annual event will take place July 12-14, 2024, and you can experience the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, as well as the Craftsman Truck Series.  It’s a spectacle that you’ll never forget!  Added bonus:  you can drive or ride along in a real race car, where you’ll get to feel the speed as you circle the track! Xtreme Xperience  and Stock Car Racing Experience  both offer several options that are sure to get your blood pumping!

Catch the Sports Action in the Poconos

For sports fans, there is no better way to enjoy the games and cheer on your favorite team than from the comfort of your Pocono Mountain Rentals accommodations!  We offer spacious homes that can accommodate your large group or family.  We have fully stocked kitchens with sizable islands and/or countertops, so you can lay out your favorite gameday spread.  Each home comes with a grill, grilling utensils and propane tanks.  There are multiple TV’s for your viewing pleasure.  Experience the beautiful scenery of the Pocono Mountains as your backdrop for the Big football game, golf tournaments, March Madness basketball action and baseball series.

Lake Harmony: A Summer Holiday Oasis

If you love to vacation during the warmer months, escape to the shores of Lake Harmony for a holiday filled with relaxation and adventure. This pristine lake offers a serene backdrop for a variety of water activities, from leisurely boat rides to exhilarating watersports. Spend your days basking in the sun on the shores, exploring the lake’s hidden coves, or carving up the water on skis or wakeboards.  Check out Lake Harmony WatersportsYeti WatersportsLake Harmony Cruises w/ Capt. Wolf and Captain Joe’s Fishing & Waterman Services.

Outdoor Adventure and Fun

If you love to get outside in those sunny, summer months then the Poconos is a great destination.  Spend a thrilling day on the water as you experience whitewater rafting in the mountains.  Pocono WhitewaterJim Thorpe River Adventures, and Whitewater Rafting Adventures are all good options and offer trips that suit almost any level of ability.  Or spend a day on the links, as the Poconos is home to some legendary golf courses like Jack Frost National and Split Rock Golf Club.  The kids will enjoy a visit to Knoebels Amusement Resort Claws “N” Paws Wild Animal Park  and Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.