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 thrope is one of the best places to visit not only is it beautiful is fun and there are alot of romantic places to go plus we have an old jail where this guy claimed he was incent and that is hand print would prove it and as many times as they painted over it and tried to fix it the hand print will always be there. the mansion in here is also beautiful especially at christmas time. the food is wounderful and the tourist place from way back when the irish had the town they still have alot of the old stores running to this day with old wine and wounderful food and a perfect view from pennspeak and flagstaff. overall its a beautiful place and it should win the best rally of 2012 i would give it a 5 star review
- on June 22, 2012
In the hundreds of cities we have visited this has to be one on the top of your list,you will find it so wonderful that you will return over and over again to visit. be sure to check out the photos and albums on our site.
Everyone have a great Memorial Holiday and thank you to all who serve our America
- on May 29, 2012
- Beautiful scenic town with a feeling of being in a small town in Europe! There is so much to see and do!
- on May 23, 2012
- Lovely setting nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains.
- on May 16, 2012
- I live in this wonderful town and there is always something to do everyday of the year what other town can say that?? Go JT!!!
- on May 16, 2012