As a driving destination, the Poconos is ideal for safe, road trip getaways. Hidden gems are strewn throughout the region, perfect for discovery.
From historic landmarks to outdoor recreation, Pocono towns have something for everyone to enjoy. Whether visiting during a day, midweek, or week-long vacation, our towns will welcome you with warmth and hospitableness when you're ready to travel.
For our fourth and final road trip, we're exploring the town of Jim Thorpe. Once only second in the nation for tourism behind Niagara Falls, the legacy of hospitality lives on today. Nestled into the Lehigh Gorge, Jim Thorpe is known for its scenic beauty, outdoor activities and revitalized shops and restaurants.
Be sure to call ahead to your destination for accurate information to confirm trip details. Read on for a future three-day itinerary vacation to Jim Thorpe, Pa.
Day One: Experience the Past and Present
Morning: Begin your trip with Jim Thorpe Walking Tours. With roots dating back to the early 1800s, explore downtown with a self-guided walking tour. See historical landmarks, visit picture-worthy attractions and peruse the eateries and boutiques like Jingle Bells Christmas Shoppe!
Afternoon: While in Jim Thorpe, visiting the Old Jail Museum is a must. Learn about the jail's mysterious past and deep roots to the town's history. Tours run during the week, except Wednesday, from noon to 4:30 p.m., weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and depart every half hour. If visiting in the fall, the Old Jail runs haunted nighttime ghost tours.
Exploring a new town can surely work up an appetite, so grab something to eat at Roadies Restaurant and Bar. Located just an eight minute drive from Jim Thorpe at Penn's Peak, Roadies' scenic view is not one to miss. Open Thursday through Sunday, Roadies offers indoor and outdoor dining. They are currently featuring a limited menu in addition to takeout beer, growlers and signature cocktails.
Evening: Penn’s Peak is an event venue known for its variety of bands and headlining entertainment. New this year, experience their Social Listening Series. This free, live music event is outside on Friday and Saturday nights throughout August, and each night features a different band.
Downtown is loaded with bed & breakfasts, country inns and hotels that embody the past and present; old charm and new amenities. The Dolon House, Hotel Switzerland, The Inn at Jim Thorpe and Times House are all options to stay in the heart of Jim Thorpe. Couples can enjoy adults-only accommodations like The Gilded Cupid B&B and The Harry Packer Mansion Inn.
Day Two: Discover Outdoor Adventure
Morning: Right over the bridge from town, the Lehigh Gorge State Park beckons all kinds of escapades. Open sunrise until sunset, experience hiking, biking, waterfalls, rafting and other outdoor activities. Remember to visit responsibly while in the Poconos and in our parks; take everything with you when you leave, and don't litter.
Afternoon: Choose from two different outdoor escapades! Stay in the Lehigh Gorge State Park and bike the D&L Trail. You can bike sections of the trail or conquer all 24 miles of it! The trail connects into Jim Thorpe, so you can even venture out for a walk or hike at your leisure. Pocono Biking is headquartered downtown and offers biking rentals and shuttle services into the park.
Set out for an adventure with Pocono Whitewater Adventures or their sister business, Skirmish Paintball. Whether embarking on a four-hour rafting trip or battling it out on the fields, your adventure will be one for the books! Choose between water or land activities, or bundle the two into a special day event. Call to make reservations as certain activities require advanced notice.
Evening: After expelling so much energy, choose to refuel at a number of downtown restaurants! Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse and Broadway Grille & Pub are two local staples that offer American fare with a new-wave twist.
Just on the outskirts of town, you can find comforting lodging after a long day. Above town, you can camp at Jim Thorpe Camping Resort and Mauch Chunk Lake Park. Across the bridge from downtown, you can rest at Glen Onoko Guesthouse and Mountain View Suites.
Day Three: Relax Throughout the Town
Morning: Sit back, relax and explore the area in a motorcycle sidecar with Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz. Whether you want to cruise through town, take the scenic mountain route or incorporate wine tasting into your excursion, choose from eight different tour packages. All tours begin and end at Marion Hose Bar.
Afternoon: After your motorcycle tour, get lunch at Marion Hose Bar. Closed on Tuesdays, this downtown eatery serves up a wide variety of soups, snacks and sandwiches. They also have daily drink specials in addition to specialty beer, wine, cocktail and whiskey lists.
Evening: If you missed anything downtown, take one last stroll through the streets with a self-guided Historic Stone Row tour. Built by the local railroad tycoon, marvel at 16 architectural buildings and pieces of the past preserved today.
This itinerary is modeled after a Friday through Sunday schedule, but you could create your own Jim Thorpe itinerary for any day of the week! We recommend that you call ahead to your destination before traveling to ensure nothing has changed. Remember to visit responsibly while experiencing our home.
You've been waiting and it's returning - the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway is coming back to Jim Thorpe! A favorite pastime of the area, train tours will resume in town August 14, 2020. Check their website for train tickets and schedule. Schedule and events are subject to change.
If you have questions while visiting downtown, stop into our Visitors Center that is located in the train station.
Find more information on Jim Thorpe hotels and things to do while visiting including maps of the town and surrounding areas. You can also explore other accommodations, activities and restaurants in the Pocono Mountains.