Lush with conifers, waterfalls and rugged vistas, the region of the Pocono Mountains and Endless Mountains is a noble landscape of massive green peaks and hillsides. It's here that America found new wealth in anthracite coal, where the railroad began, and entrepreneurs of the leisure industries opened stunning year-round resorts that celebrate ski and sun. It's a place appreciated for its natural beauty as much as its historical and cultural destinations.
Visiting the region is a travel experience into America's past. Go beneath the surface to a real coal mine at the Lackawanna Coal Mine . Don't miss a visit to Steamtown, U.S.A. , where exhibits tell the tale of the rise of the American railroad. You can take a trip on a real steam locomotive, and when you're done, walk the footpath to the Mall at Steamtown .
Approximately two hours from Philadelphia and New York City, the region offers travelers a picturesque escape with unique cultural activities, including dance, visual arts, crafts, symphonies and museums. In Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg, a vital community of visual artists and art galleries has formed, united under the Monroe County Arts Council . Whether you enjoy dance, theater or concerts, you can choose from a complete variety that ranges from the elegance of the Ballet Theatre of Scranton to the contemporary performers at East Stroudsburg University , from the large-scale productions at the J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center to an intimate setting at the historic Keystone Theatre .
Throughout your travels, the majestic mountains and pristine woodlands will accompany you always. Whitewater rafting, orienteering, nature photography or a quiet walk beside a mountain stream are all enjoyed in the region. Resorts bustle with skiers in the wintertime, and then, like Camelback Resort , become havens for golfers, water parks, and horseback riding in the summer. Places like Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort offer the arts, nature and heritage all in one place. Come explore our region!