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Pennsylvania Dutch Country Travel Guide

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Plan Your Pennsylvania Dutch Country Vacation

Neatly painted farmhouses dot the countryside of Lancaster County, nearly 65 mi west of Philadelphia. Whitewashed fences outline pastures, and the landscape looks like a patchwork quilt of squares and rectangles. On the back roads the Amish travel in horse-drawn buggies and lead a lifestyle that has been carried on for generations.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Amish country life Experience a traditional way of life that continues despite the intrusion of the modern world.
  2. Lancaster's Central Market Visit the nation's oldest continuously operating farmers' market, which dates to the 1730s.
  3. Plenty in store Shop till you drop in Adamstown, a small town with three major markets—Renninger's, Stoudt's Black Angus, and Shupp's Grove—selling all manner of antiques, collectibles, and coins.
  4. Gettysburg Battlefield This sacred ground offers a stirring history lesson about the U.S. Civil War. The new Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center is worth a visit in itself, with state-of-the-art exhibits and the Gettysburg Cyclorama, an 1884 painting of Pickett's Charge, which if unfurled would be longer than a football field.
  5. Sweet times You can't go wrong with a visit to a place inspired and built by chocolate—Hershey—site of a grand hotel, famed amusement park, and other attractions. And in the humid summer months, cool down with some ice cream while learning how it's made at the Turkey Hill Experience.

When To Go

When to Go

Lancaster County can be hectic, especially on summer weekends and in autumn when the fall foliage attracts crowds. Farmers' markets and family-st...

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