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.

Great town to visit. Has everything for a visit or stay. Something for everyone.
Reviewed by brummell36
on May 15, 2012
Jim Thorpe is a beautiful small town full of rich history. There is plenty to do here. My favorite things about this town are the old jail, the mansions, restaurants like Pepper Jack's and Antonio's, and all the little shops. It's a lot of fun to be in Jim Thorpe during festivals, for example, the St. Patty's Day Parade and Earth Day. Aside from all these wonderful attractions I love the scenery. There are two spots that everyone must go to in Jim Thorpe to really take in the natural beauty, the first would be going to flagstaff. From flagstaff you can see all of Jim Thorpe, the Lehigh river, and the rolling mountains. The second place to observe nature would be Glen Onoko. It's the perfect place for the nature lover. I would drop everything just to go hiking there on a nice day and see the falls. Jim Thorpe is the most beautiful small town in Pennsylvania.
Reviewed by abbyasaurus
on May 15, 2012
Nestled in the foothills of the Poconos this bustling town has awesome shops and great scenic views.
Reviewed by DavidLuck
on May 15, 2012
Such beautiful scenery.
Reviewed by nicolex07
on May 15, 2012
Surprisingly beautiful and strikingly different in every season of the year...
Reviewed by MJCook
on May 15, 2012
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