Jim Thorpe

Lehigh Coal & Navigation Building, designed by architect Addison Hutton. Intersection of Broadway and Lehigh Avenue.

Jim Thorpe is a borough in the Coal Region, near Lehighton, Allentown and the Lehigh Valley, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.


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.

Get in

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.

By plane

Domestic flights arrive from Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Charlotte and other Mid-west and East coast hubs. Airlines serving Jim Thorpe include American, Delta, United, Allegiant, and Pace.

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.

Bus service

Susquehanna Bus Lines 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.

Get around

Once you land, you must have a car. Jim Thorpe and the surrounding region have no significant means of public transportation.

Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Newark airports have most major rental car agencies on-site. There is also an Enterprise location in Lehighton.

If you take the bus to town, there are lots of places to stay and things to do and places to eat/drink, all within the downtown (i.e. walking distance). You CAN do Jim Thorpe without a vehicle. But it makes it easier to do MORE, if you have a car.





Downtown JT restaurants, include Through the Looking Glass (above); Cafe Origins, vegetarian; Strange Brew, coffee; China Garden, Chinese; Albright Mansion, English tearoom; Alice's Pantry, coffee; Antonio's, Italian; PepperJack's (below); Mollie Maguire's, steakhouse; Moya, eclectic menu; Flow, farm-to-table; There is definitely something for everyone. And if you are in downtown, you can walk to all of these!


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