The open road is calling! Packed with natural beauty, charming small towns and local hidden gems, the Pocono Mountains region of Pennsylvania is ideal for a road trip getaway. Just a few hours' drive from cities like New York and Philadelphia brings visitors to historic and picturesque boroughs like Jim Thorpe, PA.
From the rushing rapids and waterfalls of the Lehigh River Gorge to the historic streets and Victorian mansions of "Old Mauch Chunk," there's so much to discover in the Jim Thorpe area. Whether you're taking a weekend jaunt to enjoy the town's popular seasonal festivals and events, or skipping the crowds with a midweek escape, we've got three days of trip itineraries to help you get started planning. Mix and match these possibilities to craft the perfect Jim Thorpe vacation!
Day One: Experience the Past and Present
Day One: Experience the Past & Present
The town of Jim Thorpe dates back to the early 1800s, and there's a lot of rich local history to discover! See how industrial millionaires lived at the Asa Packer Mansion, or visit the eerie cells of the Molly Maguires at the Old Jail Museum. Join Jim Thorpe Walking Tours to learn about the photo-worthy buildings and landmarks you'll pass as you stroll along the mountain streets.
While downtown, you'll want to plan for time for shopping! From Broadway to Historic Stone Row, there are plenty of quaint shops and trendy boutiques to browse. Pick up handmade gifts at Trend & Source Marketplace, or get ready for the holidays at Jingle Bells Christmas Shoppe.
Ready for lunch? You have plenty of choice when it comes to dining in Jim Thorpe! Downtown is full of hip eateries like MYST Restaurant, a sushi-hibachi gastropub. For authentic ambience as well as delicious food, try Broadway Grille & Pub, Marion Hose Bar or Molly Maguire's Irish Pub.
Don't stop after the morning's museum visits: take a deeper dive into the past with immersive tours! Take in the beauty of the region as you hop aboard an old-fashioned form of transportation with Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway or Jim Thorpe Trolley Company. Visitors to the No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum in nearby Lansford can descend 1,600 feet into the mountainside along an original mine shaft.
Ever wanted to stay overnight in a Victorian townhouse? An overnight stay in Jim Thorpe is the perfect opportunity! Take your pick of historic bed & breakfasts offering old-world charm alongside modern-day amenities. Accommodations like The Dolon House, Hotel Switzerland, The Inn at Jim Thorpe and Times House allow you to stay in the middle of the action, just steps from downtown attractions.
If you're planning a romantic getaway, find the perfect couples retreat at The Gilded Cupid B&B or The Harry Packer Mansion Inn. Head just across the Lehigh River to stay at nearby quaint country inns like Angel of Jim Thorpe Bed & Breakfast, The Bella Victoria Bed and Breakfast and Mountain View Suites.
Day Two: Discover Outdoor Thrills
Day Two: Discover Outdoor Thrills
Jim Thorpe is located just a stone's throw away from great outdoor adventure spots including Lehigh Gorge State Park and the The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Just across the Mansion House Bridge, visitors will find hiking, biking, waterfalls, rafting and more. Rent some wheels from Pocono Biking to cycle the D&L Trail along the Lehigh River, or get out on the water and brave the rapids with Jim Thorpe River Adventures. Help us keep the Poconos pristine for future generations of visitors: remember to take litter with you and leave no trace.
Why not kick the adrenaline up a notch? Get geared up for a game of paintball! Local outfitters like Skirmish Paintball and Pocono Mountain Paintball are great for friendly competition. If you have an aspiring Robin Hood or Merida in the group, head to nearby Archery Addictions to try your hand with a bow and arrow.
After all that action, it's time to eat! Enjoy a panoramic view of the verdure you've just been exploring at Roadies Restaurant and Bar. Venture to nearby small towns to discover gems like The Gorge Eatery in Weissport or Bonnie & Clyde Pub and Grill in Lehighton. Both Lehighton and Weissport can be accessed via the D&L Trail, about a four-and-a-half mile hike or bike ride from Jim Thorpe. If you're looking to avoid parking in downtown Jim Thorpe and are up for the trek, parking in Weissport or Lehighton can be a great option!
Outdoor lovers have no need to leave Mother Nature behind when it's time to turn in for the night. Find a campsite or cabin under the stars at Don Laine Campground, Jim Thorpe Camping Resort, Mauch Chunk Lake Park or Pocono Glamping.
Day Three: Relax and Enjoy
Day Three: Relax and Enjoy
It's your vacation: don't leave relaxation out of the schedule! Let someone else take the wheel as you take an unforgettable sightseeing tour in a motorcycle sidecar with Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz. Open June through August, Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary is a great spot for families to spend some time exploring the "Flutterarium."
Kick back with a journey along the Carbon County branch of the Pocono Beverage Trail! Don't miss the chance to sample locally-made wine and spirits at Jim Thorpe tasting rooms. Nomad Distillery Co. serves up cocktails, bourbons and moonshine on Race Street, while Wild Elder Wine and Cider Co. and Mad Hatter Winery & Smokehouse offer fresh vintages and bites on Broadway. Just across the river, stop by Bright Path Brewing to see what's on tap! Don't forget to download the free Pocono Beverage Trail digital passport to earn points and access discounts at wineries, breweries and distilleries throughout the Pocono Mountains.
Get out on the town to see a show or enjoy Jim Thorpe's arts, culture and entertainment. Art lovers won't want to miss a visit to The Stabin Museum and Studio YNW. Big-name musical acts are staples on the concert and events calendar at Penn's Peak.
Find all the comforts of home at guesthouse lodging in Jim Thorpe! Glen Onoko Guesthouse offers spacious rentals with fully-stocked kitchens in a former soda fountain shop built in 1874. Rosemary Remembrances II Guest Lodging is located in the historic district just off of Opera House Square, with a private guest suite that can accomodate two adults. High Street Guesthouse offers spacious apartments for larger groups to spread out and recharge after a full day of exploring in Jim Thorpe.
Jim Thorpe is a small town that attracts visitors from all over the world; if you live in the Northeastern US, it's right in your backyard! Hop in the car, and take that road trip to explore all the great attractions, shopping, dining, events and accommodations in the region. For even more ideas of things to do in the area, download the Visit Jim Thorpe PA app or stop by our Visitors Center, located downtown in the train station.