Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jim Thorpe, PA

What a great place for a long weekend.  The town is quaint with plenty to do for everyone.
There are plenty of bed and breakfast spots in town if you are looking for an overnight, we are less than a half an hour away so are able to take advantage of such a great location often.  Also a great place to be on Saint Patrick's Day if you like a big crowd celebrating their Irish heritage.   From the bottom  of town to the top is a one mile road filled with shops, art galleries, pubs, and at the bottom is a train station that still runs on occasion.  http://www.lgsry.com/.  The Lehigh River runs through town with opportunities to kayak and raft.  The whole family will enjoy rafting, the more adventurous can kayak. http://www.poconowhitewater.com/  Also right there is a trail for bikers, hikers, joggers, or in the winter cross country skiing, great for people training for a marathon also, made from old rail beds it is part of the "rails to trails" program.  http://www.jimthorpepa.com/index.php?id=3,0,0,1,0,0  There are local bike rentals available if you didn't bring your own.  The Asa Packer Mansion Museum is also worth a visit, the owner was a railroad magnate and the founder of Lehigh University.  http://www.asapackermansion.com/    There is also a museum in the Old Jail which has a rich history dating back to the late 1800's.  Prominent in Coal Mining history 7 of the Molly Maguires  were hung there.  http://www.theoldjailmuseum.com/history.html  If you are looking for places in Pennsylvania to visit this town should be on top of your list.

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