3 days in Lancaster County Itinerary
— 2 nights
Thu, Oct 27 - Sat, Oct 29
Lancaster — 2 nights
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Rock Ford and National Toy Train Museum. Step out of Lancaster to go to East Earl and see Good's Store, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Landis Valley Museum, experience rural life at Li'l Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm, don't miss a visit to The Old Candle Barn, and take in the views from Hunsecker Mill Covered Bridge.
For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lancaster route builder tool.
Newark to Lancaster is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In October in Lancaster, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.
Bird in Hand, Ephrata Cloister, Olio Olive Oils & Balsamics, Li'l Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm, The Old Candle Barn
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Lancaster County travel guide
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.