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

The Country Inn of Lancaster
The Country Inn of Lancaster
3 out of 5
2133 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA, 17602
The price is $89 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 3
$89
per night
Jan 2 - Jan 3
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Lancaster. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

The Country Inn of Lancaster
Cartoon Network Hotel
Cartoon Network Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA, 17602
The price is $100 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
$100
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Lancaster. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
3.9/5 Good! (730 reviews)
Fun
"Was fun for our little boy!"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Cartoon Network Hotel
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
3.5 out of 5
25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA, 17603
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $140 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20
$140
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Lancaster. Enjoy 3 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
Very nice Hotel
"Very nice Hotel. Courteous staff, nice bar. We liked it. Maybe the only thing would be the flat pillows. They need a little work. We recommend it."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
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Cozy Hideaway in the Heart of Lancaster
Cozy Hideaway in the Heart of Lancaster
Lancaster, PA
Stay at this apartment in Lancaster. Enjoy a TV, a kitchen, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Fulton Theatre and The Ware Center are located nearby. Discover ...
Cozy Hideaway in the Heart of Lancaster
Great Location/ Close to outlets/Finance District/Restaurants
Great Location/ Close to outlets/Finance District/Restaurants
Lancaster, PA
Stay at this apartment in Lancaster. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Lancaster Science Factory and Demuth Museum are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Short visit
"This property is just what you see, clean, safe and close to everything!.. My 3rd time staying at this location.. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Great Location/ Close to outlets/Finance District/Restaurants
** Close to Sight and Sound Theater
** Close to Sight and Sound Theater
Ronks, PA
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Lancaster. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the overall value in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (95 reviews)
Very nice , clean property , local to all major attractions
"Great rental"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

** Close to Sight and Sound Theater
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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