The activity that my brother in law raved about to us before coming was the train trip so we made sure that we had tickets to go on this. After we were done, he said that the route was not the normal route and that he had been disappointed, apparently this was a shorter route for the Fall Foliage Festival due to the number of people who show up.
We did see some pretty scenery along the river, lots of people kayaking, rafting and riding their bikes along the riverfront trail. The leaves weren't quite changed yet due to the abnormally warm fall but we did see a hint of what was to come along the way.
Be sure to sit on the side of the train on the river side for the best view.
There were many soilders from Carbon County that served during the Civil War. In the center of Jim Thorpe, there is a statue honoring the victims from Carbon County. It is a very impressive memorial. Much larger than most areas.
This is the place to go to get a great panaramic view of Jim Thrope and the surround narrow Lehigh Valley. The best view is at the former nightclub/restaurant on Flagstaff Mountain. The area unfortunately is kind of run down. But the view is great.
The second best way to see the Lehigh River Gorge is to walk along the old railroad bed. You can access the old railroad bed in White Haven, Rockport, and Jim Thorpe. There are many little waterfalls that come off the mountains to the river, which are spectacular.
The main attraction for tourist to the Jim Thorpe area is rafting. The Lehigh River between White Haven and Jim Thorpe is one of the most challanging rivers for rafting. This draws thousands of rafters a year. There are 3 major companies that rent rafts that go down the river. These companies have busses to take you to a point on the Lehigh River, which is usually somewhere near White Haven. The shop across the street from the railroad station sells rafting tickets.
Rafting the Lehigh River is a relaxing way to spend a hot Summer day. For those who want a more challenging trip, try the true whitewater trips in the Spring (There's a dam upstream that has scheduled 'releases' at this time).
We've been on the Summer trips at least 4 times over the years and enjoyed them all. A few small sections of easy rapids, several deep slow moving areas for swimming, and lunch along the shore, makes for a fun experience. You're also provided with the tools to thoroughly soak you river rafting companions (especially those that don't want to take a swim)
Broadway Street in Jim Thorpe has many historic buildings and shops. You get a real feel here for Pennsylvania architecture.