Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1982 Votes - "Most Fun"
97 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
17 Votes - "Friendliest"
5 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Best For Food"


In addition to its title as one of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in America, Jim Thorpe has been named one of the Top 50 Places to Live and Play, one of the Top 100 Adventure Towns and the most Fantastic Town for Fall. It’s a recreation destination, charming small town, and historic landmark all in one.

Visitors frequent Jim Thorpe from nearby Philadelphia and New York City for hiking, biking, white water rafting, skiing and sight seeing. The D&L Trail and Flagstaff Mountain provide a beautiful setting with nature and parks galore. Guests can additionally boat, fish, swim and camp near area lakes for a respite from big cities. When the snows start there are ski areas close by and cross country skiing.

The town’s businesses line the downtown hub with storefronts, galleries, bed and breakfasts and local eateries creating a scene perfect for a post card. Take a walking tour or carriage ride to familiarize yourself with the town, then choose from all the activities or just wander and soak up the Victorian splendor.

Sitting up on Packer Hill don’t miss two elaborate local landmarks, the Asa Packer and Harry Packer Mansions. the Asa Packer is a guided tour through the home of the famed industrialist. The Harry Packer is an Inn that was used as the model for the haunted mansion in Disney World and now hosts Murder Mystery Weekends and luxury lodging.

In the center of town, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway runs excursions from Old Mauch Chunk Train Station while the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Old Jail Museum, Mauch Chunk Museum provide a glimpse into the past. A short drive away the No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum, and Eckley Miner’s Village give the other side of the life of the miners.

No matter what your idea of "fun", from riding the train, enjoying a museum, shopping, dining, outdoor sports or just kicking back, Jim Thorpe has it all every season of the year.

Jim Thorpe takes you back in time to coal miners and extremely wealthy people building homes here. Mansion Row has magnificent houses and the town is so well kept and original. There is so much to do in this little town, known as "Little Switzerland". Biking, hiking, rafting, hunting, fishing, boating, shopping, Mauch Chunk Opera House and many beautiful B &B's and great restaurants. A wonderful vacation destination for romance or a family vacation.
Reviewed by atlast1323
on May 16, 2012
Coolest town with so much to do, less than 2 hours from New York and Philly.
Reviewed by AkanthaSusko
on May 16, 2012
The best of both worlds: all the outdoor adventure and nature you can handle, a quaint downtown area with delicious restaurants and cool shops, and less than 2 hours from Philly and NYC.
Reviewed by MrsT
on May 16, 2012
If you love the outdoors, then Jim Thorpe is choc full of adventure with some of the best hiking and biking trails..even whitewater rafting! If history is more your thing, plenty to see from the Molly Maguires legacy to Asa Packer and his family mansions. If you'd prefer to shop in some quaint boutiques and eat in superb eateries, then again, Jim Thorpe is the place for you!
Reviewed by emerald32k
on May 16, 2012
This little town of Jim Thorpe, has historical significance and the most beautiful views. The shops are quaint and store keepers very friendly. Many eateries and great food. It's my kind of town!
Reviewed by TriplePPP
on May 16, 2012
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