Pet Friendly Lehigh Gorge Railway And Giveaway

How cool would be it to travel from sea to shining sea with your dog and stop at different pet-welcoming places along the way? Our pals at did just that and wrote a book about it called The Ultimate Pet-Friendly Road Trip. The dynamic duo of Rod and Amy Burkert live the life. They travel the country in their custom RV with their dogs, Ty and Buster. Their popular website now has a wonderful book featuring attractions from each state all compiled in one book for those who want to go road tripping with their dogs.

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Fidose of Reality is getting involved and we want to take you along. Not only did we visit one of the pet-friendly stops in the book, but we also are giving you the opportunity to win a copy of this new book for your own road travels-with-dog plans!

Lehigh Gorge Railway Pet Friendly

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

Nestled into the historical town of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, is the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. We are the type of dog-loving family that enjoys exploring, take day trips together, and going out on excursions with our dogs. The train rides are pet welcoming if your dog is well behaved. A well-behaved dog should be good around people, not a barker, and is a happy pooch who remains on a leash. Our 26 years of traveling with a dog has revealed many lessons to us, the first being well-behaved dogs set the standard for how all dogs should behave. And poorly behaved dogs make it hard on everyone. That said, grab your doggie and head for the tracks.

This was our second visit to the Lehigh Gorge railway, and unfortunately, the trains were full when we were hoping to ride. Tickets sell out and are first come, first served in the busy October month. In the fall season, there are many folks from all over the country who want to take this scenic train ride with their dogs. It makes for a fun memory, and the views are wonderful. Since we already did the railway ride a year earlier, we are sharing our experience with you. Instead of the train ride, we went into the town of Jim Thorpe for some shopping, photo taking, and then to a special historic site nearby. Keep reading.

pet friendly train ride

Pet Friendly Train Ride

Our dog, Dexter, a 10-years-young Cocker Spaniel, loves taking adventures because we’ve been traveling with him throughout his life. He’s been to California and back and all the states in between. This was his first official big train ride. Up to that point, we had taken a smaller train ride at the pet-friendly Knoebels Amusement Resort on their park train.

dog having fun on train

Choose from two types of trains on which to ride: the standard coach or the open air car. We did the standard coach on our first visit. If it isn’t too cool, the open air car makes for a nice breezy and enjoyable trek with your dog. You sit facing outward so the view is easily accessible throught the open air train’s sides. You are also allowed to stand along the sides, which many people did. Open air cars have roofs, and they do run May through October.

dog friendly train ride

Most folks in the cooler months especially, take the standard coach train ride. The beaming blue coaches were built in 1932 by Bethlehem Steel. They have nice seating, restrooms, and operating windows.  The ride lasts around an hour or so, but in October the rides are 45 minutes due to high demand. Here in the state of Pennsylvania, the leaves turn and are glorious this time of year. We’ve had a lot of rain so they aren’t as spectacular but the train ride is well worth it.

You get a narrated tour where facts and history of the town are presented as you relax and enjoy the landscape with your dog by your side. If your dog isn’t a fan of car rides, I’d probably forego this. For those dogs who love rides, exploring, and being with their parents, we highly recommend this train ride. It feels like a slice of yesteryear and days gone by. It is simple and memories are created. What more could a dog lover want? (Well, maybe a few smooches from their dog, too).

dog friendly road trip

Jim Thorpe is considered part of the famous Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Jim Thorpe has much to offer like its riverfront, parks, shops, and quaint feel overall. I didn’t find many stores that allowed pets, but you can always allow your travel partner to hold the dog while you bargain browse. There’s also  Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary and Jim Thorpe Memorial. Jim Thorpe won both the pentathalon and decathalon at the 1912 Olympics before have his gold medals revoked on a technicality. He was the first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States. The town used to be called Mauch Chunk, meaning ‘Mountain of the Sleeping Bear.’

There is a Santa ride and other holiday events in the town, so be sure to check the schedule for a trip and time that makes sense for you and your dog. Note that northeastern Pennsylvania roads can be tricky in the winter months.

Dog with pumpkins

Other Pet Friendly Things In the Area

Some of the stores near the train station are pet welcoming, and others are not. There are quaint shops and places to eat. We walked around, took some photos, and brought home some Halloween themed decor. From here, we headed towards another area called Boulder Field. It is about 35 or so minutes from Jim Thorpe.

Dog at Boulder Field

Boulder Field is at the Hickory Run State Park and is truly a site to behold. It has remained mostly unchanged for the past 20,000 years. Some of the boulders measure almost 26 feet long. It is a relic of the past because it was formed during the Ice Age. The rocks are weathered, shaped in different ways, and are weathered from time and the elements. While there, I climbed out on a few of them with my dog. However, I then ventured out on my own with the other rock climbers to explore and know that I could do it. Checking that off my bucket list.

While there, we met people from Canada, France, and different states in this country. Geologists come here, too, since it is so unique, flat, flawless, and standing the test of time. It makes for fun photo taking, too!

For a day of sightseeing, history unfolding, train ride, shopping, snacking, and photo snapping, Jim Thorpe and its surrounding towns has something for every dog lover to do with their dogs.

Now, let’s give a book away and tell you some other blogs to visit on this virtual road trip hosted by Go Pet Friendly!

Online Pet-Friendly Road Trippin’

Visit these blogs to get other pet-welcoming destination ideas in the United States:

Oct 20: DogTipper

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Free E-Chapter

You can download a free chapter of the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway as it appears in the book here.

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Enter to Win The E-Book: Closed

The winner is Marilyn Nawara. Thanks to all who entered!

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  1. My dogs are all seniors and/or have disabilities so have a hard time getting around. They love riding in their stroller & checking new things out though! They would love to go on a train ride & look out the window.

  2. i would like to go to the grand canyon with my girls. my mother went many years ago and even rode a mule down it.

  3. The best trip I ever took with my 3 dogs was a 2 week trip to Maine (from PA) about 12 years ago.. We hiked and explored and had the most fantastic time ever.
    My current pup and I did this Lehigh Gorge train trip last summer and it was just as much fun as Ty and Buster said it was. Everything was fabulously pet friendly.

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