County is like visiting another country. It's where life moves
in harmony with the seasons, where one room schoolhouses dot
the landscape, where farm equipment is still pulled by
Escape to a forgotten
lifestyle of steam locomotives, covered bridges, tree-lined
streets, restored Colonial homes, and handmade quilts.
Experience a world where hard work, dedication, and sincerity
aren't just words, but a passion for life.
Here in the heart of
Pennsylvania Dutch country, you'll see the Amish, who were
among a variety of religious sects from Germany and
Switzerland drawn to the area in the early 1700's by the rich
farmland and William Penn's promise of religious freedom. They
are a society of families who cling tenaciously to deeply held
religious beliefs and simple cultural traditions and who still
shun the modern world's reliance upon technology.
Indulge yourself in
the beauty of the landscape that captivated the Amish so many
years ago. From the cliffs overlooking the expanse of the
Susquehanna River, to the miles of farmland, fields, and
quaint villages, Lancaster County is a fairy tale story in
Visit the village of
Bird-in-Hand, sail a balloon across the patchwork quilt acres
of Lancaster county farms, ride a steam locomotive through the
fertile valley, and tour Wheatland, the majestic home of
President Buchanan. Lancaster is a place where you can sample
the delectable Pennsylvania Dutch cooking and spend your
nights in a quaint bed and breakfast, surrounded by all the
comforts of a fine resort.
Stop in at a store
along a country road to shop for crafts and furniture
hand-crafted by the Amish, including the handmade quilts for
which Lancaster County is famous. There are galleries and
boutiques as well as roadside produce stands and farmers'
From Lancaster, it's
east to visit all of south-central Pennsylvania, including
Hershey (also known as Chocolatetown, USA), Valley Forge,
Philadelphia, historic Gettysburg, and the Brandywine Valley
(Chadds Ford, Longwood Gardens, and Winterthur).
There is so much to
see and do, but there's no reason to rush to see it all. Relax
and enjoy the dinner theaters, wineries, antique markets,
amusement parks, and outlet stores. Or simply take time to
enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Pennsylvania landscape
with some fishing, hiking, or biking.
The Pennsylvania Dutch
Country in Lancaster County is more than just another
destination. It is a world of peace, serenity, hope, and
dedication, and an experience that will remain in your heart
forever. Modern life rushes by so fast. Come change the pace
of yours in ways that you'll never forget.
Welcome to Lancaster!