5 days in Lancaster County Itinerary

5 days in Lancaster County Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lancaster County holiday planner

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lancaster: Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (in Manheim), Wolf Sanctuary of PA (in Lititz) and Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (in Kleinfeltersville). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Lancaster Central Market, contemplate the long history of The Amish Farm and House, walk around East Lampeter Township Community Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Thistle Finch Distillery.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Lancaster trip planning site.

Philadelphia to Lancaster is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. March in Lancaster sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Lancaster

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.