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LancasterUnited States of America

Shop for handmade Amish goods, explore a thriving arts scene and visit some of the oldest attractions in America in this south central Pennsylvania city.

Founded in 1730, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is one of America’s oldest inland cities. Its quaint, tree-lined streets and numerous historical buildings can keep history buffs entertained for days.

Modern Lancaster features a thriving contemporary arts scene which is centered at Gallery Row. Enjoy shopping for art and unique goods or explore the town center to find numerous other boutique stores and upscale dining.

As you drive outside the city, be alert for horses and buggies belonging to the local Amish and Mennonite communities who farm the surrounding land as they have done for centuries. From spring to fall, head to Plain and Fancy Farm to learn about a typical Amish community and enjoy a farm-to-table meal. Shop for a handmade Amish quilt at small farm stands in the area.

The Amish also sell their wares at the city’s Central Market. Established in 1730, this is one of America’s longest continually running farmers markets. Visit Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays year-round to find fresh local produce and handmade souvenirs.

Several more attractions in Lancaster are famed for being among America’s oldest. Climb aboard a coal-powered locomotive at Strasburg Rail Road, one of the country’s first short-line railroads, or attend a performance at Fulton Theatre, the oldest continually running theater in America. Pay a visit to Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, whose living history interpretations help visitors explore the area’s long history.

The city of Lancaster is small and walkable at 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) across, but having a car to get around is advised, especially if you want to visit some of the nearby attractions such as the historic streets of Lititz or the crossroad villages of Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse.

If you’re not driving, the best way to get to Lancaster is by train from Philadelphia, 80 miles (129 kilometers) east, or from other East Coast cities. The relatively mild climate and abundance of Lancaster’s indoor attractions mean that any time of year is good to discover this colorful and unique city.

Top Hotels in Lancaster

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
3.5 out of 5
25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA
The price is $107 per night

Situated in Lancaster, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Central Market and Lancaster County Convention Center. Franklin and Marshall College and Millersville ...

4.3/5Excellent! (718 reviews)

"Loved everything, it was very clean and overall the stay was excellent."…"

Reviewed on May 30, 2020

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
Eden Resort and Suites, BW Premier Collection
Eden Resort and Suites, BW Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA
The price is $150 per night

This family-friendly Lancaster hotel is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of Clipper Magazine Stadium, Central Market and Park City Center. Landis Valley ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (827 reviews)

"They did amazing job cleaning and being sure we were comfortable!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2020

Eden Resort and Suites, BW Premier Collection
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lancaster (Amish Country), PA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lancaster (Amish Country), PA
3 out of 5
2260 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA
The price is $85 per night

Located in the heart of Lancaster, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dutch Wonderland and Tanger Outlets Lancaster. American Music Theatre Lancaster and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,306 reviews)

"Covid19 clean, well spaced rooms, friendly staff. great location"…"

Reviewed on May 30, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lancaster (Amish Country), PA

Popular places to visit in Lancaster

Dutch Wonderland
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Dutch Wonderland

4.5/5(236 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Dutch Wonderland and find out why this is a favorite amusement park in Lancaster. Discover the top-notch restaurants and great live music in this family-friendly area.

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
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Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

4/5(160 reviews)

Learn about the history of Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, one of the top monuments in Historic Downtown Lancaster. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Lancaster County Convention Center
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Lancaster County Convention Center

4/5(59 reviews)

Learn about the events happening at Lancaster County Convention Center during your trip to Historic Downtown Lancaster. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Franklin and Marshall College
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Franklin and Marshall College

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Explore the campus of Franklin and Marshall College, during your travels in Lancaster. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

The Amish Village
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The Amish Village

4.5/5(373 reviews)

You can spend time exploring the galleries in The Amish Village during your travels in Ronks. Experience the acclaimed theater scene and great live music in this family-friendly area.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

4.5/5(232 reviews)

Inspect the many historic locomotives and rolling stock, see a range of railroad relics and piece together the nation’s train history.

Top things to do in Lancaster

Amish VIP (Visit-in-Person) Tour
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Amish VIP (Visit-in-Person) Tour

$62
Per adult
New York to Amish Country Private Day Trip
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New York to Amish Country Private Day Trip

$949
Per adult
Amish Experience Super Saver Package
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Amish Experience Super Saver Package

$48
Per adult

Reviews of Lancaster

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 3, 2020

Very beautiful and everyone was friendly.

3/5 - Okay

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Apr 25, 2020

Its ok i guess

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

Enjoyed American Music Theatre & Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. Miller's was over priced for mediocre food.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 18, 2020

Very interesting area to visit, except when the Coronavirus is in town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

I'm from the Lancaster area.... So it's natural....

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

we went to the Strasburg mud sale

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