Known as the "Little Switzerland of America," Jim Thorpe is a charming, picturesque mountain town with tons of possibilities. From shopping, art, and museums to outdoor adventure and fun, you'll find it in or just a short drive from town. Originally called Mauch Chunk, the town changed its name to Jim Thorpe in 1954 in honor of the Native-American Olympic athlete who lies entombed there. Outdoor enthusiasts will be in heaven with great opportunities for excellent hiking, biking (road and mountain), skiing (downhill and cross country), fishing, boating, white water rafting, golfing, swimming, camping, and more. For any gear or rental needs, try Blue Mountain Sports, located right on Susquehanna Street (Rt. 209). Those looking for a little history won't want to miss the Old Jail Museum, the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center, the Asa Packer Mansion/Museum, and the No. 9 Coal Mine & Wash Shanty Museum and tour in nearby Lansford. Excellent restaurants and shops also line the town's main street, West Broadway, for those looking to take in some shopping or strolling. Staying overnight? Jim Thorpe happens to be packed with great B&Bs to choose from. A favorite: The Parsonage B&B (61 West Broadway) is the oldest home in Jim Thorpe and a former parsonage which now has three rooms available.
- Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
- 40.87369900, -75.73370400