Lancaster is perhaps best known for its long-standing Amish community, but there are plenty of other attractions here that are as modern as can be. The top-notch dining and shopping establishments, educational museums, and truly unique community provide all of the necessary ingredients for an unforgettable vacation experience.
Here are a few suggestions of things to do in Lancaster:
-Amish Buggy Rides: For a truly unique experience, jump on an Amish buggy and go on a scenic tour of Lancaster County.
-Amish Village: This 1840s farm house has been furnished as a typical Amish dwelling, and educational guided tours of the home and Amish lifestyle are held daily.
-Landis Valley Museum: Known as the largest Pennsylvania Dutch living history farm and village in the country, this museum features regular tours, traditional craft demonstrations, and a rotating calendar of exhibits.
-Strasburg Railroad: Ride on a restored passenger car that operates off a steam locomotive along the largest short-line railroad in the US.
No matter what time of year you visit, there will likely be something going on in Lancaster. Bring an empty stomach to the Sertoma Chicken Barbecue, the world's largest chicken barbecue, held every August, sample the work of over 200 of the top artists and craftsmen in the U.S. at the Long's Park Arts and Crafts Festival in June, or enjoy the elaborate street parades and fireworks display held during the Fourth of July celebrations.
Luckily, there's a vacation rental available in Lancaster that has everything you need for a perfect getaway. For a perfect home away from home, rent a cabin near the historical attractions and sites, or book a luxury home rental just steps away from all of the outlet shopping.
If you're looking for other attractions during your stay, Lancaster is a great spot to use as a base for exploring the rest of Pennsylvania. The Civil War attractions found in Gettysburg and the city of Philadelphia are both excellent day trip options that can be reached within 90 minutes by car.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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