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 is always a refreshing and fun day trip for our family of 6. We enjoy Mauch Chunck Lake in so many ways, it's beautiful, fun sand and its a great lake for swimming, "snorkeling" and taking a boat out.
Reviewed by fun day trip
on July 8, 2013
The town of Jim Thorpe is a treasure tucked away in the Poconos. The main part of town is Victorian and reminds me of Cape May, but set in the mountains. There are terrific restaurants, the view from Penns Peak is amazing. They have numerous concerts there too. If you enjoy kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, hiking, hunting, a nice motorcycle ride, trains, a cave and great photographic scenes then you will love JT. It wins for fun and beauty!
Reviewed by zapsterjt
on July 8, 2013
This town has everything you need for an adventurous getaway. There are delicious, gourmet restaurants, biking, hiking, rafting, kayaking, yoga, train rides, horse drawn carriage rides, beautiful historic Victorian mansions, and even our very own theater, the Mauch Chunk Opera House, which has shows nearly every weekend of the year. There's much more, but not enough room to write it all down. You have to come experience it for yourself. Whether you want to stroll up and down our quaint downtown perusing the unique shops or whether you want to push yourself to the limit on a 20-mile bike ride along the Lehigh River - Jim Thorpe has so much to offer.
Reviewed by mayalk
on July 8, 2013
Whether you're looking for history, outdoor activities, or cultural events, Jim Thorpe has it in abundance. Of particular interest are the Victorian homes and mansions from the 1800's - -some of which are available for touring. Beautifully preserved! Wonderful selection of restaurants as well.
Reviewed by BBelon
on July 8, 2013
Jim Thorpe gave me one of my best weekends, people is so much fun and girls are really pretty. 72 Broadway is such a wonderful house to watch and if you are lucky you can get in there, get to know the beautiful old architecture of Jim Thorpe old houses. If you can also get a ghost tour that would be just great! A.C.
Reviewed by alvaroj
on July 8, 2013
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