1 day in Lancaster County Itinerary

1 day in Lancaster County Itinerary

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Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and then find something for the whole family at Dutch Wonderland.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lancaster holiday planner.

Washington DC to Lancaster is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lancaster when traveling from Washington DC in September, with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks · Museums

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Lancaster County travel guide

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Theaters · Gift & Specialty Shops · Theme Parks
Pennsylvania Dutch Country
The core of Pennsylvania's famed "Dutch Country" lies in Lancaster County, a compact area in the southeastern portion of the state. The county features a rolling landscape of green fields and gentle hills, interspersed with small towns and Amish farms. Despite its somewhat misleading nickname, the county is not home to Dutch but German-speaking Swiss Anabaptists, who began settling in religiously tolerant Pennsylvania in the early 1700s. Although Lancaster County thrives on tourism and the Amish community is its main attraction, the Amish themselves remain an intensely private people who are not particularly fond of camera-toting visitors. To learn about their hard-working way of life respectfully, take a trip to one of their hardwood furniture showrooms, clustered around the county's main roads.