Jim Thorpe, PA
Offering both the charms of a European village and the thrills of a mountain sports destination, this historic town is one of the great gems of the Pocono Mountains.
Originally known as Mauch Chunk, Jim Thorpe is not only home to the greatest athlete of all time, but to a destination rich with history. The past's Victorian buildings have been revitalized into today's unique shops and eateries, museums and galleries and popular entertainment venues.
Once only second in the nation for tourism behind Niagara Falls, the town is no stranger to hospitality. Located in the Lehigh Gorge, the town is also home to a unique combination of things to do and see that keeps visitors coming back year after year. Read our blog for road trip ideas and explore the town of Jim Thorpe in the Poconos.
If you are in the area, stop by the Pocono Mountains Visitors Center. The center is located on Route 209, in the train station. Call 570-325-3673 for more information.
Take in the view over the town of Honesdale. See all cameras.
Intimate inns, charming B&Bs and historic guest houses line the streets of Jim Thorpe. These unique lodging destinations preserve pieces of the town’s famous past while incorporating the amenities you’ve come to expect.
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Jim Thorpe is bordered by the Lehigh Gorge State Park, which can be accessed right from a bridge downtown. Trails and waterways beckon adventures within the park; hiking and biking access the D&L Trail while whitewater rafting flows on the Lehigh River.
Paintball, skiing and boarding are other popular pastimes around town. For a gentler way to see the sights, try a train ride at the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway or motorcycle tour with Jim Thorpe Siderar Tourz!
Sweet memories are made in historic Jim Thorpe, and adventurers both young and old are welcome. The town’s seasonal festivals, like Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival, Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration and Jim Thorpe Irish Fest, bring family-friendly entertainment to the streets and sidewalks, and abundant local attractions ensure there’s fun to be had in any weather.
Museums are another great family activity, and are all over town. Experience the Asa Packer Mansion, Harry Packer Mansion and Old Jail Museum tours, and experience what life was like 200 years ago. Trust us, you'll want to see the Old Jail handprint.
From charming boutiques and specialty shops to the World’s Largest General Store, Jim Thorpe is filled with unique shopping destinations. Find fine wines, great gifts, home décor, clothing, curiosities and much more! A day spent strolling the sidewalks of Jim Thorpe is sure to involve at least a few shopping bags!
From the menus to the mountain views, Jim Thorpe’s dining destinations serve up delights for all the senses. Whether having dinner and a show at Roadies Restaurant and Bar or enjoying al fresco downtown seating at Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse, come see (and taste) what's cooking.
Jim Thorpe is amazing in any weather, but a blanket of snow adds a little something special. Winter festivals, like Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas, spread warmth and good cheer throughout the town while holiday train excursions delight passengers of all ages. The town is also 20 minutes from three great ski resorts, which has some of the best skiing in the Poconos. Downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as paintball, snowshoeing and other winter sports can be enjoyed at destinations around the area.