This town was founded in the early 19th century and later renamed for the distinguished American athlete, Jim Thorpe, who excelled in football and baseball and won gold medals at the 1912 Olympic games. The rename was partially done to give this town better chances to become his place of burial.
The closest airport is Lehigh Valley International Airport, near Allentown. It's booking code is ABE. Lehigh Valley International is roughly a thirty-minute drive from Jim Thorpe.
Philadelphia and Newark
If you are more interested in a better fare, you may choose to fly into Philadelphia International Airport (booking code PHL) or Newark Liberty International Airport (booking code EWR). American Airlines operates a large hub in Philadelphia and United operates a hub in Newark, so there is a good chance you have a direct flight to and from your home airport.
If you are looking for low fares, Southwest flies into Philadelphia as does Frontier. Finding low fares into Newark and Philadelphia is much easier than finding lower fares into Allentown. though Allentown is more closely situated.
Susquehanna Trailways offers daily service to Jim Thorpe from both New York City or Philadelphia, with several stops in between. As of 1/2010, the prices are about $45 round-trip to Philly, and $65 r/t to NYC. Leave NYC at 7AM or 4PM, or leave Philly at 7:30AM or 4:30PM Either way, arrive in Jim Thorpe at 11AM or 7PM. Buses stop at the 1 Trailways Bus Stop, on 5 Lehigh St in front of the Subway store.
Experiencing downtown Jim Thorpe is best done on foot, all attractions and restaurants are within walking distance as the town is small. However, for attractions outside the town a car is almost a necessity as public transport is very limited. LYNX has three bus routes connecting Nesquehoning, Jim Thorpe and Lehighton. However, services are limited to one or two round trips per day. For car rentals, Enterprise has an office in nearby Lehighton
Walking around in Jim Thorpe and experiencing it's rich history is a treat in itselft. Especially along Millionaire's Row on Broadway, a row of stately homes along the main street featuring amazing architecture and rich construction. Some can only be viewed from outside, but Dugan's, Alice's Pantry, Driesbach House, Albright Mansion are open to see parts of.
- 1 Asa Packer Mansion, Packer Hill Ave, ☎ . An mansion built in the late 1800s by an influential family.
- 2 The Old Jail Museum, 128 W Broadway, ☎ . Used up to 1995, tours of this cool old building are sure to get you thinking. Tours May to October.
- 3 Jim Thorpe Memorial, 103 East 10th Street. Visit the grave and monument to one of the world's greatest athletes.
- 4 St Mark's Church, 21 Race St, ☎ . A beautiful old Gothic church with amazing architecture and rich construction. Tours available seasonally.
- 5 Mauch Chunk Museum, 41 W Broadway, ☎ . An old Methodist church that's been changed into a local history museum. A great place to get an overview of what this town is all about.
- 6 The Number 9 Mine and Museum, 9 Dock St (In nearby Lansford). Travel into a real coal mine and learn about the area's coal mining past.
- Pocono Whitewater Rafting. This takes place April through October. Rates start at $31.95. Water on the Lehigh River is very shallow during most of the year.
- Blue Mountain Ski Area. Is just a few minutes from Jim Thorpe and features several ski hills and a snow tubing area. An all day lift ticket is $39. Check out the ski package in conjunction with Mahoning Inn.
- the Jim Thorpe eXperience (JTX), 37 West Broadway (call for tours), ☎ . daily. The Jim Thorpe eXperience is a guide service offering hiking, biking, kayak and walking tours in and around Jim Thorpe, PA. Local guides relate the amazing history of the area, while guests enjoy exhilarating outdoor adventures. Tour packages on website or custom tours available. $45-95.
- Jim Thorpe River Adventures, 1 Adventure Ln (Just across the bridge from downtown), ☎ . Jim Thorpe River Adventures is a locally-owned and operated whitewater rafting company. They are the only rafting company located inside the town of Jim Thorpe, so the bus ride to and from the river is much shorter! The guides are great and you get a free cookout afterwards!
- [dead link]Penn's Peak, 325 Maury Rd, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: . An entertainment venue located in Penn Forest Township, Pennsylvania. It can comfortably host 1,800 concertgoers with its spacious dance floor, lofty ceilings, twin bars and a restaurant. A broad open-air deck offers a breathtaking view of Beltzville Lake and a picturesque 50-mile panoramic view of northeastern Pennsylvania. It is the perfect location to host weddings, trade shows, conferences, seminars and private parties. Penn’s Peak is a Wi-Fi Hot Spot location.
- Sales tax. The state's 6% sales tax does not apply to most clothing.
- Lehighton has a small mall with a Deb, food store, drug store and a gift store, among a few other shops.
- 50 Shops in Downtown JT, Broadway (just walk around), toll-free: . 10-5. Downtown Jim Thorpe has over four dozen different shops and restaurants that cater to many budgets and tastes. Jim Thorpe has so many shops that there is sure to be something for everyone.
- The Lehigh Valley mall is about forty minutes away. Anchored by a JCPenney, Boscov's and Macy's, the mall is home to many more specialty stores and is undergoing expansion at the moment. A multitude of other stores, like TJ Maxx, Kohl's, Sears, Best Buy, Borders, Barnes and Nobles surround the mall, as do more restaurants, especially mid-level chains.
- Tannersville Outlets. Are also about forty minutes away, home to outlet stores run by various designers and companies.
- The King of Prussia mall is one of the biggest malls in the country, and just about an hour and a half down the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The King of Prussia is anchored by Nordstrom, Macy's, JCPenney, Sears, Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor, as well as many specialty stores.
Downtown has a wide selection of restaurants, including some fine dining options. All restaurants expect Macaluso's are within walking distance.
- 2 Through the Looking Glass, 111 Broadway, ☎ . Romantic atmosphere, live entertainment and interesting eclectic decor. Their breads are all homemade. They offer 6 varieties of soup daily. This is also a very romantic venue, with dim lights and oil lamps on the tables. Please beware that the service is a bit slow.
- Macaluso's, 1257 E Catawissa St (At the Lantern Inn off of Route 209, between Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning), ☎ . A bit more expensive and much more elegant, Macaluso's serves Italian food. Highly recommended if you are looking for a more upscale dining experience while in the area.
- 2 Mary's Guesthouse, 39 West Broadway, ☎ . Check-in: 3-5, check-out: 11. Mary's Guesthouse is a great place for couples, families, groups, and even single travelers - it is a comfortable, economical lodge with all the comforts of home in a casual atmosphere. Full kitchen and dining area, cozy living area. Best rates in town. $60-85.
- 3 Suites on Broadway, 97 Broadway, ☎ . Suites on Broadway is an elegant Bed and Breakfast with private suites for two adults. A circa 1860 brick Victorian in the heart of Historic Jim Thorpe. Each suite has a private sitting and breakfast room, a double Jacuzzi tub, and a European fireplace.
- 4 The Harry Packer Mansion Inn, 19 Packer Ave, ☎ . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. The Mansion was used as the model for the Haunted mansion in Disney World so it is only fitting that they specialize in murder mystery weekends. They also offer overnight lodging, wine tastings and small events. Tours and Libations Lounge hours are 1PM to 6PM
- Susquehanna Bus Lines offers daily service from Jim Thorpe, with ultimate destinations being New York City or Philadelphia, with several stops in between. As of 1/2010, the prices are about $45 round-trip to Philly, and $65 r/t to NYC. Leave JT at 9AM or 5:30PM. Arrive from the cities at 11AM (P), 11:45(NY) or 7:30PM (P), 8:15PM (NY).