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.

The surrounding mountains and landscape make Jim Thorpe awesome place to live and visit.
Reviewed by u6909
on May 15, 2012
Jim Thorpe is a very beautiful town because of the lovely architecture, beautiful mountains and amazing waterfalls.
Reviewed by Archer31
on May 15, 2012
Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania, known as "the Switzerland of America," has enchanted tourists for three centuries. The winding streets and wandering trails offer something for everyone to enjoy. Stroll and shop the Old Mauch Chunk Historic District, absorbing the magnificent Victorian architecture. Tour the many historic sites - eight of which are listed on the National Historic Register. Pedal your bike, cross-country and down hill ski, hike miles of exciting trails, paddle rushing whitewater on the Lehigh River, and breathe in the Lehigh Gorge's fabulous views. All of these things are superbly combined in the Victorian village of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. From campgrounds to Guesthouses to B&B's to a Victorian Inn, there are lodging choices for every taste and budget. A fine selection of restaurants and pubs can be found in and around the historic downtown, and a blossoming cultural scene features art galleries and live performance of theater and music. Something for everyone!
Reviewed by LadyGaga
on May 15, 2012
Love Jim Thorpe! Very beautiful and lots of things to do!
Reviewed by LyndsayB23
on May 15, 2012
Awsome town, love to spend weekend there.
Reviewed by SarahZolner
on May 15, 2012
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