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.

Grew up there and still live in JT today. The people are nice and you can't beat the scenery. Just a cool little town.
Reviewed by bry716
on May 15, 2012
Great place for hiking, biking, rafting or just chillin' out. Lots of great restraunts and gift shops on Broadway and Race Street. Full of history and historic buildings this is the town I choose to live and work. Best place on earth not just on a map:)
Reviewed by Shelli420
on May 15, 2012
I grew up in this area of Pennsylvania. I remember Jim Thorpe when it was Mauch Chunk. It's become a beautiful, wonderful, best small town for everything. Activities all year round with biking, hiking, walking, canoeing, festivals, train rides and of course shopping. Traditional food, scenic homes and mansion, and there's sections of an old castle, hidden away in town. My favorite activity is hiking Glen Onoko Falls, but you must have some hiking experience, it's beautiful with from the bottom to the top. Don't forget the history of this town from the stories of the Molly McGuire's and the resting place of the Best-all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe.
Fall in Jim Thorpe is the best! The Heritage Festival is every weekend in October, Every year I travel from California to Jim Thorpe. Going again this year, wouldn't miss it for anything!
Reviewed by DonnaTaylor
on May 15, 2012
While it may not be the "Switzerland" that it claims to be, Jim Thorpe is a great little town with a lot to see for a small town, including the jail, the library, the opera house, the Molly Maguires tour, paintball, whitewater rafting, and antiques.
Reviewed by HeatherSwierczek
on May 15, 2012
a beautiful little town tucked away in the mountains of nepa
Reviewed by haneyco60
on May 15, 2012
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