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.

Trees, mountains, rivers, lakes, bike trails, rafting, entertainment, museums, festivals, history, I could go on and on (and I will) good food, Ghost Walks and Victorian house tours in the fall. You could spend a week here (and not a fortune) and not be able to do everything Jim Thorpe has to offer.
Reviewed by Broadwaybob
on July 17, 2013
Called the Switzerland of America since the 1800's Jim Thorpe has some of the most dramatic scenery in the eastern US and the best part for us is that it is a close drive to both Manhattan and Philadelphia. We visit Jim Thorpe to go white water rafting, biking and hiking, but there is also Mauch Chunk lake where you can relax on the beach, kayak, paddle boat, fish, camp and enjoy the eagles in the nature center. Jim Thorpe has incredible history, a wealth of natural recreational amenities, beautiful topography, great restaurants, museums and entertainment facilities all at very affordable prices. My wife and I have a reservation on a home site on Flagstaff Mountain where we plan to build our 2nd/retirement home next year, The home site has 100 mile east to west views in a new development with vineyards, an organic farm and miles of walking trails. Also, we found out that from Forbes that Pennsylvania does not tax retirement income which is huge for us because our income tax savings will easily pay for our home. We can't think of a place with more fun things to do at such an incredible value!
Reviewed by highflyer1
on July 15, 2013
Jim Thorpe has a wonderful history. It was the hub of the coal industry-coal was transported down the Leigh canal. There are many historic buildings and churches.Tiffany spent much time working in the town. There are several museums, including an art foundation that has the best abstract art collection outside of the Phil .museum. There is something in the town for everyone.
Reviewed by ashapolsky@nyc.rr.com
on July 11, 2013
I love Jim Thorpe. It's a fantastic place to visit. The Victorian town offers so much history and interesting things to do. There's a historic old Jail, the Asa Packer Museum. A walk up the hill will get you to the Harry Packer Museum where you can visit Libations Lounge and drink a glass of my favorite wine, Galen Glen Riesling. If you want to take a short drive out of town (about 15 minutes) you can also visit my favorite winery, Galen Glen at 255 Winter Mountain Drive in neighboring Andreas, PA. Then head back into Jim Thorpe and take your wine to one of the BYO restaurants. I love walking on Race street too--the pickle store is awesome.
Reviewed by chefgary
on July 11, 2013
Few towns with the combination of terrain, rivers, and trails to go along with perks for the less active visitors: a beautifully-restored downtown hotel, numerous pubs and restaurants, a downtown performance venue with something going on every weekend, and proximity to much bigger cities like New York, Philly, and Allentown/Bethlehem. Jim Thorpe is such a town, you should check it out. The visit won't cost you an arm and a leg.
Reviewed by dhugos
on July 9, 2013
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