Living in a bustling city certainly has its benefits, but sometimes, you need to escape the noise for a while. Thankfully, Baltimore, MD is close enough to some excellent destinations that a vacation doesn’t have to be daunting! There are plenty of places you can go for a day trip or weekend getaway, but one of the best trips is from Baltimore, MD to the Poconos, PA.
Make a Road Trip From Baltimore, MD to the Poconos, PA!
There are several fantastic cities and towns within a fairly short distance from Baltimore, and the Poconos region is one of the best destinations if you are looking for some rest and relaxation. It is just over three hours distance, but your experience in these beautiful mountains will make you feel like you are a world away.
Routes from Baltimore, MD to the Poconos, PA
There are three major routes that you can follow from Baltimore, MD to the Poconos, PA, all of which take a little over three hours when driving nonstop.
If you want to make a stop by Philadelphia on the way to the Poconos, take I-95 N to Philadelphia and from there, I-476 N to the Poconos. Do keep in mind, though, that this route has tolls.
For a more scenic route, you can take I-83 N out of Baltimore. From this route, you can go one of two ways.
One route is to go up through Lancaster and Reading, and just outside of Allentown you’ll take I-476 N to the Poconos. As you head into the Poconos, you’ll start to pass by picturesque small towns and gorgeous scenery filled with green mountains and numerous state parks—a sight that will not leave you during your stay in the Poconos. This route also has tolls.
To avoid tolls altogether, take I-83 N to Harrisburg, where you will then take I-81 N most of the way to the Poconos. If you need a break from driving, drop by the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory and take a tour!
Things to Do in the Poconos
No matter the time of year, there are plenty of things to do in the Poconos. Summer brings sunny days and warm, pleasant weather perfect for hikes or refreshing activities on the water like whitewater rafting or kayaking. Winter brings breathtaking snowy landscapes and accompanying recreation like skiing, dog sledding, and tubing.
There is plenty of year-round entertainment in the Poconos, too. Stop by a local brewery or winery, try some delicious food at a restaurant, head to the casino or the raceway—the list goes on and on! Discover more about what the Poconos hold in store by downloading our Vacation Guide, which is carefully curated with only the best local activities!
Relax in a Cozy Lodge
Once you arrive in the Poconos, you’ll want to find a place where you can unpack your bags and take a deep breath. Mountaintop Lodge offers a tranquil retreat right in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. When you stay here, you’ll be close to everything the Poconos has to offer while still enjoying relaxing surroundings.
Mountaintop Lodge sits along the shores of the private, pristine Lake Naomi, with beautiful pine forests nearby adding their scents to the crisp, fresh air.
You’ll have several places to choose from to relax at our lodge—curl up with a book in the common area downstairs or your room or stop by the attached Coffee Shop to grab a pastry or a beverage. If you’re looking for something to do, but don’t want to go far, head over to Lake Naomi Club! Guests of our lodge enjoy complimentary access to all of their amenities, which include access to Lake Naomi as well as the Community Center and more.