Wilkes-Barre, PA has plenty to offer vacationers, but what if you’d like to leave the city behind? Four RV road trips within easy driving distance from Wilkes-Barre offer a whole summer of vacation fun. Here’s what you need to know to plan your trips.
RV Road Trip #1: Wilkes-Barre to Delaware Beaches
The beaches of southern Delaware offer not only sun, sand and ocean views, they present a wide range of other choices for outdoor recreation, too. Your major highways south from Wilkes-Barre will be I-81 and DE-1, all the way to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware (about a four hour drive.) From there, camp and play in beach towns like Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach.
From the vibrant nightlife to quiet paddling trails, there’s something here for every kind of beach-loving RV traveler. Abundant state park and private campgrounds along the shore hold their own attractions, so why not choose more than one and make your way down Delaware’s Atlantic Coast at your leisure?
RV Road Trip #2: Wilkes-Barre to New York’s Finger Lakes Region
Three and a half hours north of Wilkes-Barre, PA, New York’s Finger Lakes Region is an awesome RV road trip destination for families, adventure-seekers and anyone longing to spend time in the great outdoors.
Eleven narrow lakes, spread across nine-thousand square miles, create the backdrop for hiking, boating, fishing, paddling and a dozen other outdoor activities. State parks throughout the region highlight the stunning beauty of waterfalls, gorges and the Finger Lakes themselves.
Favorite spots for road tripping RV travelers include
Watkins Glen State Park, Robert H. Treman State Park, Finger Lakes towns like Corning and Seneca Falls and the wineries of the Finger Lakes region.
RV Road Trip #3: Wilkes-Barre to Burlington, Vermont
Tucked between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT is the perfect spot for campers who like a blend of outdoor fun and urban comforts. Burlington’s city-run North Beach Campground can be the center of your Burlington experience, with wooded campsites, a beach on Lake Champlain and easy access to the city’s attractions.
From Wilkes-Barre, PA, it’s about a six hour drive through Albany and then either straight north through Saratoga Springs or with a scenic side trip on US-7 near Green Mountain National Forest.
By either route, you’re driving toward Burlington’s lakeside charm, complete with picturesque municipal dock, a quartet of beaches on Lake Champlain, charter schooner or shoreline cruises and a vibrant city filled with museums, marketplaces and historic sites.
RV Road Trip #4: Wilkes-Barre to Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
Drive six hours southwest of Wilkes-Barre through Harrisburg, PA and you’ll find yourself amidst a million acres of rugged forest land in the Allegheny Mountains. Wilderness sports enthusiasts will find prime spots to play there, with dozens of day hiking trails through diverse landscapes, eight designated wilderness areas for extended backpacking and four species of trout to chase in the cold water streams throughout the forest.
Add in the Highland Scenic Highway, climbing opportunities at Seneca Rocks and a half dozen RV camping districts and you’ve got a wild and rugged vacation for as long as you care to stay.
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is the hub of hundreds of possible road trips to beaches, mountains and urban energy. Pick up your RV in nearby Kingston, PA and head down the road to adventure; the possibilities are endless.
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