12 days in Lancaster County Itinerary

12 days in Lancaster County Itinerary

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Lancaster

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lancaster: Wolf Sanctuary of PA (in Lititz), Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (in Manheim) and Good's Store (in East Earl). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, browse the eclectic array of goods at Lancaster Central Market, see the interesting displays at Rough and Tumble Historical Association, and look for gifts at Kitchen Kettle Village.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lancaster trip planner.

In December in Lancaster, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lancaster

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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.