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...more
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,...more
24 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
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Packer Hill, PO Box 458, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, 18229, United States
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504 North Street, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, 18229, United States
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I guess it's to be expected that if you try any restaurant on a busier than normal day that the experience will be less than stellar and that was the case here. My in laws take everyone to this restaurant when they visit Jim Thorpe so I'm sure it's fine on normal weekends but we were there on the Fall Foliage Festival weekend. Although we got a...more
The restaraunt dosent seem like much from the outside but inside the people welcome you in and the food makes u feel comfortable. The Bar is full with locals that love talking about anything that comes up. Vegatable Lasagna. This Lasagna not only tastes good but there is a lot of it. Ther is also a pasta sampler that comes with 4 differnt itialian...more
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Just went to see the band '38 Special' at Penn's Peak and was thoroughly impressed! A beautiful facility with multiple decks, a restaurant, and spectacular views!
I only wish I had brought a camera.
Dress Code: Concert attire - I guess it would depend on the particular type of concert.
There are some tour buses that take tourists on daytrips to Jim Thorpe. And if you're rafting down the Lehigh from White Haven, then your raft will get you to Jim Thorpe also!
If you're not coming into town one of those 2 ways, you'll have to drive.
This steam locomotive use to have short trips up the tracks a few miles (and then it would go in reverse back to Jim Thorpe). I think they use diesel locomotive's now. They have special trips during the fall foliage season also.
Jim Thorpe is a small place, just hoof it the exercise will do you good.
The Country Junction is a huge country store featuring items that you would normally see in a country store. It was built to cater to tourists. It has a general grocery section. It also has a restaurant area, lumber section, antiques, clothing, home furnishings, and furniture. The thing about this store is that it is bigger than most Wal-Marts
What to pay: Average prices
It seems logical that for a town to bear Jim Thorpe's name that he would show up somewhere in the history of the town-was he was born there, grew up there, died there, slept there, rode through on a train? The answer is none of the above, Jim Thorpe didn't even pass through the town while he was alive.
So how did the town of Mauch Chunk come to be renamed Jim Thorpe? Turns out there was a positive economic benefit for both the town and his widow, she got a memorial to her husband, denied in his native Oklahoma, and the town got an economic boost from having the remains of the former Olympic and professional athlete buried there.
All in all I was disappointed that our visit happened to coincide with the Fall Foliage Festival. The restaurant we ate at was not as good as usual, the train ride not as long as normal, there was a long line of traffic to get into Jim Thorpe and parking was scarce.
There was a small area by the train station where local folks were selling baked goods and crafts but it wasn't enough to be something that should draw you here on that weekend.
And to add insult to injury, the foliage hadn't started turning yet so even that was a little disappointing.
Unique Suggestions: I could understand why my brother in law enjoys this town so much, it's historic and quaint with a lovely setting in the Lehigh Valley. I'd just skip the Fall Foliage Festival.
We didn't have an opportunity to try any of the outdoor activities in Jim Thorpe but it seemed like there was a lot to do. We saw rafters and kayakers on the Lehigh River and saw lots of people biking and hiking along the riverside trail. From the attached website it looks like rafting season is from mid-March to October with the best rapids (class...more
Just across the river from the historic center of Jim Thorpe is the Glen Onoko access point to the Lehigh Gorge State Park.There's a trail that follows the Glen Onoko waterfall all the way up the mountainside.In places the trail is well marked, but as you approach the top it gets a bit rough - be prepared. Good hiking boots would be helpful.more