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Swiss Bliss in Pennsylvania

By Linda Tancs

Nestled in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania’s Jim Thorpe is affectionately called “the Switzerland of America” thanks to the picturesque views of its mountainous location and its Victorian architecture. Originally founded as Mauch Chunk in 1818, the borough was renamed Jim Thorpe in 1953 in honor of Olympic medal winner, James Francis Thorpe. The town is popular for its outdoor activities, including nature hiking, biking, whitewater rafting and skiing. And, since it’s nestled in the breathtaking Lehigh Gorge, take a ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway in a vintage coach, which runs from downtown and parallels the Lehigh River north into Lehigh Gorge State Park.

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