POCONOS- The Pocono Mountains (PoconoMountains.com), proximity and offerings to major East coast cities, has made the areas a convenient getaway. The Pocono Mountains is  90 minutes from both New York City and Philadelphia, and less than four hours from Boston and Washington, D.C. making the region an ideal driving destination for families.
    A survey by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, reports from its 2013 summer travel survey of 1,200+ U.S. respondents, 86 percent are planning a leisure trip this summer. Driving trips to close-to-home destinations are their preference at 74 percent.  
    “The survey indicates that more people are planning leisure trips this summer, notably as prices at the pump continue to decline year-over-year, ” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor.  
            The TripAdvisor report, also showed that activities that are offered in the region like zip-lining, paddle boarding and renting a bike from a share program, are three of the most popular activities for travelers planning to try something new. Te region also boasts three of the top five most popular summer destination type: countryside, national park and lake.
    With water parks like, Camelbeach that offer everything from mild to wild rides with adrenaline-filled water slides and areas to lounge by the pool people can have fun at Pennsylvania’s largest water park.
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is offering guests an array of recreation on the Delaware River. In addition to traditional kayak and canoe trips, the resort has added sit-on-top kayaking and two moonlight paddling options. Paddlers depart at 8:00 p.m. and paddle around Shawnee Island or leave a bit earlier and paddle to Shawnee’s private island where a campfire and s’mores will be waiting.
Similar to the moonlight paddle, Pocono Whitewater is bringing back, after-dark river adventure with moonlight rafting. Guests whitewater raft down the Lehigh River after sunset and return after the excursion for a bonfire with marshmallows for roasting, wine, cheese and crackers.
Trending among growing water sports, stand-up paddle boarding makes its way to the Pocono Mountains on both the Delaware River and at Skytop Lodge. Traditional water adventures such as canoeing kayaking, rafting and tubing can be found on the Delaware River through Kittatinny Canoes. Whitewater Challengers offers whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Lehigh River. Both outfitters have offers that allow visitors to get the most of their visit to the Pocono Mountains with river trips and land adventures such as paintball and zip-lining.
Lake Wallenpaupack, one of the largest lakes in Pennsylvania, is once again participating in Cabela’s Fish for Millions contest. The contest gives anglers a shot at up to $2 million in cash and nearly $275,000 in prizes by catching tagged fish. Rules and requirements, as well as contest details and registration information, can be found at the contest website, cabelas.com/fishformillions.
            With more than 150 lodging properties, from all-inclusive family-owned resorts and boutique hotels to quaint inns and bed and breakfasts, the Pocono Mountains’ hotel collection is as diverse as the destination itself. People can choose a four-diamond resort or a moderately priced venue and no matter the price point, there’s an option in every part with access to nature and refreshing attractions. 
     For more information on the Pocono Mountains, visit PoconoMountains.com, to view the multimedia assets associated with this survey, visit  multivu.com/mnr/57955-tripadvisor-survey-reveals-memorial-day-and-summer-travel-on-the-rise.