12 days in Lancaster County Itinerary

12 days in Lancaster County Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lancaster County visit planner

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Lancaster

— 11 nights

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near 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 much more to do: steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, browse the eclectic array of goods at Lancaster Central Market, relax in the rural setting at Lapp Valley Farm, and sample the tasty concoctions at Lancaster Brewing Company.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lancaster trip planner.

December in Lancaster sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough 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.