Check out the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Spring Bucket List for a chance to win the adventure of your choice. The list of fun activities includes fabulous and diverse offerings.
1) Get behind the wheel before the professionals! Pocono Raceway, home to the infamous “tricky triangle”, offers a Stock Car Racing experience. Before the first Race Weekend in the Pocono Mountains this June, get behind the wheel of a 600 horsepower Sprint Cup style stock car beginning in May. The car reaches up to 160 miles per hour allowing drivers to feel the rush that until now was only known in the racing world.
2) Did you miss your chance to drive a team of dogs through the snow? No worries, dryland dog sledding is also available in the spring. Skytop Lodge allows guests to drive the same first class team of dogs that have participated in the Iditatord, with a golf cart while dryland dog sledding through the Pocono Mountains.
3) Experience the rush of skydiving this spring! Jumpers will experience the thrill of free-fall from 13,500 feet above the Pocono Mountains. As the canopy opens, skydivers will float to the ground while enjoying the views of the mountains, the Delaware Water Gap and the New York City Skyline.
4) As the landscape begins to green, soar down the mountain while ziplining. The zipline adventure at Kittatinny Canoes is over 3,000-feet-long and reaches speeds of over 50 miles per hour as it zips through and over trees 150 feet above the ground.
5) Catch the region in bloom from the CBK Mountain TreeTop Adventure Course. The exhilarating obstacle courses are set in the natural mountain environment with over 100 aerial obstacles including ziplines, suspended bridges, scramble nets, swinging logs and much more.
6) The Big Day Out at Pocono Whitewater occurs most weekends April through October. The day begins with a mountain bike ride between the 1,000 foot walls of the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail to the famous Glen Onoko. The adventure continues with a scenic hike to an abandoned railroad tunnel with beautiful overlooks of the Lehigh River. From there, adventurers will whitewater raft the bends and rolls of the Lehigh River. Accomplishing the bike, hike and raft in one day will score any outdoor thrill seeker bragging rights.
7) The Leigh River Gorge provides a picturesque setting for a bike challenge. Pedal 25 miles through an abandoned railroad bed and follow the river through the Leigh Gorge State Park. This scenic journey takes riders past fantastic rock formations, tumbling waterfalls and plentiful wildlife.
I’m having a hard time deciding between all the great activities. I’ve driven the Monster Mile at Dover, but I haven’t had the chance to challenge the Pocono Raceway. Some of my friends have driven it, and say the course is fast and exciting. I watched the 2014 Iditarod, since I’ve been to Alaska and visited the race start, but I’ve never had the chance to try dog sledding. Adventure courses and ziplining are always fun, especially if I travel with friends. (Not that I’m competitive or anything.)
To enter, go to https://www.facebook.com/PoconoTourism, and look for the contest entry. Comment on their Facebook page about the activity you’d like to try. If you enter by 9:00 p.m., March 18, 2014, you have an added chance to win a prize from Naturally Kneaded Massage & Wellness.