Pocono Raceway#1 in Best Things To Do in The Poconos
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Known as the "Tricky Triangle" for its three distinct turns, the Pocono Raceway began welcoming fans in 1968. Nowadays, Pocono Raceway hosts a handful of NASCAR races every summer, while a variety of other car-related experiences are available when races are not taking place. Visitors can ride in or drive a stock car, bring their own car for a spin on the famous track, choose from a selection of exotic cars to take for a test drive and more.
Past travelers praised the stock car ride-along experience, saying that the G-force going around the track's iconic corners provides an adrenaline rush. The park's clean atmosphere, from the restrooms to the vendors, also impresses most recent visitors. Still, those who are not racing fans expressed disappointment with NASCAR in general, and diehard NASCAR fans couldn't help comparing the Pocono Raceway to its more impressive counterparts.
Located in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, the Pocono Raceway sits just south of Interstate Highway 80, or the Z. H. Confair Memorial Highway, and within 7 miles of both Albrightsville and Blakeslee. The Pocono Raceway typically hosts four NASCAR races every year in June and July: two for the NASCAR Cup Series, one for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and one for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Additional stock car races also take place during the warmer months. Entry-level tickets for NASCAR races start at roughly $45; admission for children ages 12 and younger is free at this level. More information on race ticket prices is available on the Pocono Raceway website. Similarly, prices for other experiences at the Pocono Raceway vary greatly, with more information available on the Stock Car Racing Experience website.
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#2 Asa Packer Mansion Museum
This luxurious mansion was constructed in 1861 for Asa Packer, a railroad magnate who founded Lehigh University. Construction of the three-story, 18-room home took two years and cost $14,000. The roughly 11,000-square-foot mansion has served as a museum since 1956 and holds the distinction of a National Historic Landmark. Tours showcase the mansion and an assortment of artifacts, as well as cover the interesting history of Packer and his family.
Past visitors raved about the excellent tour guides and interesting historical facts shared. They also praised the opulent mansion's original furnishings and period-specific details, claiming that walking across the porch feels like stepping into a time capsule. Despite all of its appeal, reviewers also warned that the mansion's location at an exceptionally steep hill makes accessing it particularly arduous, but they insisted it is worth the climb.
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