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.

My family loves Jim Thorpe. My wife and I were married there. Out of all the places in the Pocono Mountains, this one has everything she dreamed of and I am glad it became our favorite place to visit.
Reviewed by dkopko18509
on May 15, 2012
i grew up in this little town..i love going back and visiting when i get a chance.just to see the new shops the old..it is so peaceful to go for hikes and the view is relaxing for me cause it gives me comfort..NOTHING LIKE HOME...
Reviewed by lorihaman
on May 15, 2012
LOVE this town that my ancestors are from. I've visited many times and it's just beautiful!
Reviewed by Hutchinsons of Mauch Chunk
on May 15, 2012
Love Jim Thorpe! We go there several times a year! Nature is king here! Love the small town, quaint feel. Im glad I live so close to get the Jim Thorpe fix as many times as I can.
Reviewed by wyde1340
on May 15, 2012
We visit here often. Beautiful town... great shops... wonderful restaurants.. Love Moya on Race Street.... definitely try it if you are lucky enough to visit!
Reviewed by Brennan316
on May 15, 2012
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