Stay at the Country Inn & Suites Lehighton (Jim Thorpe) to enjoy the great outdoors, historic sites, local events
and everything in between. You can ski down the state's highest vertical, shop at the world's largest general store and see a show at Penn's Peak. Spend a day exploring the trails at Beltzville State Park and Blue Mountain Ski Area, or get a taste of local history at Asa Packer Mansion Museum. This hotel near the Pennsylvania Turnpike is also minutes from Jim Thorpe, a town nicknamed the "Switzerland of America" because of its spectacular 19th-century architecture and gorgeous natural scenery.
Make sure these attractions are at the top of your itinerary:
- Phifer Ice Dam (0.9 miles)
This community park offers fishing facilities, a baseball field, a playground and free concerts throughout the summer. The park also hosts a Festival of Lights during the Christmas season.
Phone: +1 (610) 377-1773
- Ukrainian Homestead (2.1 miles)
Created in 1957, the Homestead is devoted to Ukrainian heritage and is a host to various cultural events throughout the year. You can visit at any time to enjoy the pool and quiet farmland.
Phone: +1 (610) 377-0412
- Beltzville State Park (3 miles)
Comprising more than 3,000 acres of natural forest, this beautiful state park offers a swimming beach, picnic areas, boat rentals, hiking trails, camping facilities, fishing, hunting and a historic covered bridge.
Phone: +1 (610) 377-0045
- Penn’s Peak (3.8 miles)
Get your tickets to the next big show at Penn's Peak, and be sure to arrive early so you can enjoy the two on-site bars, restaurant and open-air deck with panoramic mountain views.
Phone: +1 (866) 605-7325
- Country Junction (5 miles)
The whole family is sure to love the Country Junction, home to the world's largest general store, a petting zoo, an ice cream parlor and a wine cellar. Purchase some homemade fudge to enjoy while you shop for unique souvenirs and home goods.
Phone: +1 (610) 377-5050
- Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway (5.2 miles)
Climb aboard an authentic 1920s railway coach for a 16-mile, round-trip adventure through the Poconos, beginning in downtown Jim Thorpe and following the Lehigh River to Old Penn Haven.
Phone: +1 (570) 325-8485
- Jim Thorpe Memorial (5.5 miles)
Born on May 28, 1888, Thorpe excelled in football, track and basketball and was the star of the 1912 Olympics. His memorial includes an impressive statue and a series of storyboards about his life.
- Blue Ridge Country Club (5.6 miles)
Golfers shouldn't miss a chance to play at this country club, just 10 minutes away. Contact the hotel directly to learn more about the golf package available April through October.
Phone: +1 (610) 826-2504
- Asa Packer Mansion Museum (6 miles)
Railroads are an important part of this area's history, so come tour the mansion of the man who started it all: Asa Packer, builder of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and founder of Lehigh University.
Phone: +1 (570) 325-3229
- Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center (6.5 miles)
Visit the museum to learn more about the history of Old Mauch Chunk, better known as Jim Thorpe, and this railroad mining town.
Phone: +1 (570) 325-9190
- Pocono Whitewater Adventures & Skirmish USA (6.5 miles)
There's something for adventurers of all skill levels at this water park. Options include rafting and kayaking trips, family excursions, relaxed biking adventures and adrenaline-filled Skirmish paintball games.
Phone: +1 (570) 944-8392
- Mahoning Valley Country Club (7.8 miles)
This beautiful country club offers four different sets of tees. After playing the links, stop by The Clubhouse Grille for a meal and a drink.
Phone: +1 (570) 386-2588
- Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary (9.2 miles)
Bring the entire family to this live-flight butterfly aviary, where you can hold and hand-feed the butterflies. The sanctuary also includes an outdoor picnic area and a nature-themed gift shop.
Phone: +1 (570) 325-4848
- Historic Jim Thorpe (9.5 miles)
Dating back to 1816, this picturesque town is known for its 19th-century architecture and breathtaking scenery. You can shop along main street and dine at one of the many restaurants before spending your evening on a ghost tour.
Phone: +1 (570) 325-5810
- Blue Mountain Ski Area (11.9 miles)
Contact the hotel about discounted tickets to Blue Mountain, where you can tackle the 37 ski trails, 21 snowtubing slides and the highest vertical in Pennsylvania.
Phone: +1 (610) 826-7700
- No. 9 Mine & Museum (16.7 miles)
Venture 1,600 feet into the mountainside to explore the world’s oldest continually operated anthracite coal mine. You can also browse captivating exhibits on 19th- and 20th-century mining.
Phone: +1 (570) 645-7074
- Lehigh Valley Wine Trail (various locations)
This gorgeous valley is home to eight different wineries. See how many tasting rooms you can visit during you stay.