Appalachian Trail

This driving route parallels the hiking trail, from the top of New England to the heart of Dixie, taking you through continuous natural beauty—without the sweat, bugs, or blisters.

Easton and Nazareth

South of the Delaware Water Gap, Hwy-611 runs along the Delaware River until its confluence with the Lehigh River, near the town of Easton. This historic industrial center is now home to one of the Poconos’ most popular family attractions: the Crayola Experience (30 Centre Sq., 610/515-8000, $15.99), where you can watch colorful crayons being made and packaged, then scribble away to your heart’s content. The actual Crayola factory is a half dozen miles away and not open to the public; this toddler-friendly mini-factory shares a waterfront building with the National Canal Museum, which traces the history of the Delaware and Lehigh Canal and other man-made waterways all over the United States. Occasional canal boat trips are offered.

Another more historic American factory tour is in nearby Nazareth, where the venerable Martin Guitar Company (510 Sycamore St., 610/759-2837 or 800/633-2060, tours Mon.-Fri. 11am-2:30pm, free) has been in business since 1833. If you’ve ever enjoyed strumming a six-string, you’ll want to take one of the wonderful tours of the family-owned factory. The tours include both a look inside the workshops—where you can watch workers as they bend, carve, inlay, and polish the instruments—and displays of classic Martin guitars.

 

 

Easton

Crayola Experience (30 Centre Sq.)

National Canal Museum (2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd.)

Martin Guitar Company (510 Sycamore St.)

Nazareth