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.

A very beautiful small town with a lot of history and outdoor activities that will fulfill everyone's expectations to the fullest..
Reviewed by waltere@ptd.net
on May 15, 2012
A Great town to take you back in time, including the Old Jail, Opera House, Old time Train Rides, and of course the Jim Thorpe memorial among many other interesting things to see such as the Asa Packer mansion.
Reviewed by jao487@ptd.net
on May 15, 2012
Best town ever - I would live here if I could. The best store downtown is the Treasure Shop. The owner and workers are friendly and helpful.
Reviewed by lisaadunkle07
on May 15, 2012
Alot of beautiful shops and places to visit. Beautiful scenery.
Reviewed by lolly26
on May 15, 2012
Great place for hiking, white water rafting, camping, shopping and sight seeing, especially in fall when the leaves change colors. Also has great historical significance like anthracite mining, the Lehigh river and canal, the Asa and Harry Packer mansions, Molly Maguires. There are train rides, you can tour the old Carbon County jail that is said to be haunted and there are just tons of things to do. Great place to visit!!
Reviewed by GenavieVeron
on May 15, 2012
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