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.

Great place to visit with a lot of things to do. Beautiful!
Reviewed by gmueller
on May 15, 2012
Beautiful motorcycle ride there and back. Once there, the riding in the area is beautiful. Food and scenery is great. The people in town are friendly and the jail, train ride and coal mine tour are quite an experience. It is TRUE AMERICANA. JUST GREAT ! It is like stepping back in time. We have been there 4 times throughout the year. Go ANYTIME, it's always GREAT!
Reviewed by RonReese
on May 15, 2012
The "Little Switzerland" is right here in PA - it doesn't matter what time of year you visit, there is "always" something for everyone from bicyle riding to train rides to concerts at St. Marks by the Bach and Handel Chorale! The history of the Molly Maguires will send chill up your spine & the sights including the Old Jail (with the permanent handprint that can't be removed), the Asa Packer Mansion (founder of Lehigh University) are some of the amazing sights to be seen! An inexpensive treat for the entire family!!!!!!
Reviewed by dee.harvan@yahoo.com
on May 15, 2012
Jim Thorpe is the perfect small town. It's the friendliest place I've ever been, where it can sometimes take 3 hours to walk 3 blocks because everyone loves to chat. Mountains, waterfalls, Victorian houses,relaxed places to eat, galleries, a quirky coffee shop for good music and good gossip, a wonderful 2nd hand book store, and most importantly, eccentric people who are kind, creative, and true originals. It's as if a magic spell was cast over the whole town.
Reviewed by Neener
on May 15, 2012
It is a great weekend spot with a lot to do, biking, hiking, shopping, camping, fishing and lots of small quaint places to eat. The train ride is fun, winery is nice and the best spot is the little shop that does all the canning on location, great pickles and jam which is a few doors down from the winery on Stone Row. Family fun and something for everyone.
Reviewed by jbricker
on May 15, 2012
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