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.

Jim Thorpe is a beautiful, quaint little town. Nestled between mountains, it is cozy and inviting. There are many things to do there, from eclectic shops to fine dining to white water rafting. There is also a mansion to be toured, fascinating train rides, and interesting people to be met. Jim Thorpe is an all-around amazing place to visit and I would gladly recommend it as the best little town to visit!
Reviewed by becky05050
on May 15, 2012
I love to visit. Everyone is friendly and the town is beautiful.
Reviewed by aqua0212
on May 15, 2012
Beautiful buildings and scenery.
Reviewed by mkeh68
on May 15, 2012
Amazing sights in a very small town
Reviewed by lild00d2003
on May 15, 2012
I love visiting Jim Thorpe! It's not a far drive from Wilkes-Barre so I try to get my mother and sister to at least every fall and usually in the winter as well to go.(The fall festival is so much fun, and the winter time carolers really take you back in time). It is so nice to stroll with a drink and just see what all of the beautiful little shops have in store every time we go. The little places to stop and eat are lovely for any age ranges ! I've taken friends and smaller family and even for smaller kids there is plenty to do. I'd for sure suggest to anyone reading this to take the train ride in the fall. It is absolutely breathtaking.
Reviewed by MissyLovesJimThorpe
on May 15, 2012
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