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.

Wonderful scenic quaint town with a lot to offer tourists, especially in the fall with the beautiful leaves changing color. Nice tours offered of the mansion and the jail. Great restaurants and shopping too.
Reviewed by norahs69
on May 16, 2012
I will always love Jim Thorpe! I met my husband at Glen Onoko and got married there right along the river with kayakers in the background. The falls are so beautiful and there is so much to do. Hiking, biking, rafting, dining, shopping. We have it all here!!
Reviewed by limur327@yahoo.com
on May 16, 2012
Great Victorian Architecture in the Alpine Like village called the Switzerland of America in the early part of the last centry. Spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Staely old Mansiosn and a stine row of homes used by the laborers who built the mansions, The panoramic vire of the LEhigh ARiver vally view from atop Flagstaff mountain was the venue for a old dance hall and the terminus for a trolley line.It was chosen 30 years ago for the site of the movie about the Molly Maguires starring Richard Harris and Sean Connery.
Reviewed by captkidney
on May 16, 2012
Jim Thorpe has EVERYTHING you would want in a small town! Quaint historic streets, unique shops, eccletic restaurants and live music venues, thrilling adventure on the Lehigh River and hiking trails through Lehigh Gorge State Park. Come visit Jim Thorpe!
Reviewed by kjg320
on May 16, 2012
The hike up the mountains to see the waterfalls and view is a beautiful hike.
Reviewed by VictorCarjan
on May 16, 2012
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