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Trip Planner USA  /  Pennsylvania  /  Lancaster County  /  Lancaster
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Things to do: nightlife, theme parks, shopping

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730. Although most people know this region because of its Amish community, Lancaster draws an increasing number of international visitors with its landmark buildings and renowned universities. The city includes not only one of the largest historic districts in the country, but also one of America's oldest colleges, established in 1787 and named after Benjamin Franklin, one of its benefactors. The country charm of the region draws up to 8 million visitors annually to this town of just under 60,000, which thrives primarily on tourism dollars. Begin your tour of Lancaster by getting to know its pedestrian-friendly downtown, the heart of all tourist action, especially noted for containing the oldest continuously operating farmers market in the United States. Take stress off the schedule by using our United States tour planner.
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Where to stay in Lancaster

If your trip to Pennsylvania's "Dutch Country" includes a budget for luxurious accommodations, stay at a resort in the city of Lancaster. Though quite pricey, the city's resorts offer access to on-site restaurants, fitness centers, game rooms, indoor pools, and championship golf courses. For something less expensive, consider staying at a bed and breakfast in the picturesque Amish countryside. Inns just a short ride from downtown Lancaster offer good food and comfortable rooms, plus free parking and complimentary Wi-Fi.
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