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.

Everyone in the town is so friendly to each other and also visitors.
Reviewed by sprtsnut1966
on May 16, 2012
Beautiful little town nestled in between beautiful mountains in northeast Pa. Filled with charming shops, beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants and great lodging. Perfect for hiking, biking and whitewater rafting as well. Love this place!
Reviewed by thandwerk
on May 16, 2012
Love Jim Thorpe! There's something for everyone in this cute, picturesque town.
Reviewed by jcullin23
on May 16, 2012

Charming little town. Great biking area!
Reviewed by decibelle25
on May 16, 2012
Jim Thorpe has beauty and great History, it's also the big kids playground for all those who enjoy indoor and outdoor sports/activities. We have honored the Athlete of the Century and have taken his name since the 1950s. We are visited by all and those from out of our Country when visiting have said they put out little town on their itinery! It's a great affordable place to visit, live or have your weekend/summer home. Jim Thorpe in within 1-2 hours from Phila. NJ., NY. and an easy commute ! Ever season offers beautiful views!
Reviewed by MaryAnnPastore
on May 15, 2012
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