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Both the Lehigh River and Delaware River are controlled by a dam, which makes the water level and current (and subsequent rapids) controlled throughout the summer. Consequently, a variety of whitewater rafting companies are available to take groups through the rapids and down the river. These companies often run trips on different parts of the river, so that travelers can choose between adrenaline-pumping challenges and family-friendly floats.

Past travelers suggested thrill-seekers visit on a dam release weekend when the water is at its most chaotic; otherwise, the trip may be a bit boring. Most reviewers were impressed regardless of when they visited, and the trips earned especially high marks from families. Anyone worried about safety will be comforted that safety measures played a part in every trip, from rule presentations to required life jackets, according to past rafters.

All of the whitewater rafting trips launch along the Lehigh and Delaware rivers. Rafting trips run during the summer, but vary in cost, duration and intensity. Dam release days are set well in advance, so check to make sure you're visiting when the water will be challenging or tranquil. The Pocono Mountains website includes a list of all whitewater rafting companies operating in the area. Determine what type of trip you're looking for, and narrow down your options from there.

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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. 

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