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Lancaster, PA

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Lancaster featuring farmland, land animals and signage

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.

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Where to stay in Lancaster

Wyndham Lancaster Resort & Convention Center
Wyndham Lancaster Resort & Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
2300 Lincoln Hwy E, Route 30, Lancaster, PA
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The price is $125 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Situated in Lancaster, this golf resort is within a 10-minute walk of Dutch Wonderland and Tanger Outlets Lancaster. American Music Theatre Lancaster and Bird ...
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Wyndham Lancaster Resort & Convention Center
Cartoon Network Hotel
Cartoon Network Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $219 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dutch Wonderland and Tanger Outlets Lancaster. Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and ...
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"Like it being nexx door to Dutch Wonderland"

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Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
3.5 out of 5
25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA
The price is $169 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Historic Downtown Lancaster, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Central Market and Lancaster County Convention Center. Franklin and Marshall ...
4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)
"Very nice upscale Hotel. Walking distance to lots of restaurants and CVS. They even have a McDonalds and 99. cents store 2 blocks away."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
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