Lancaster is a city located in Pennsylvania. The land is mostly flat, characteristic of the area. The city is located about 34 miles southeast of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 70 miles west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 55 miles north-northeast of Baltimore, Maryland and 87 miles north of Washington D.C..
Lancaster County is the sixth largest metropolitan statistical area in Pennsylvania.
Lancaster County and the scenic Pennsylvania Dutch Country. This is an area that
visitors have grown to love. Here, they discover Amish communities where life
moves at a slower pace and centers upon time-honored traditions and values.
The scenery is breathtaking. Rolling hills of rich farmland dotted with one-room
schoolhouses and wooden covered bridges, modern farm machinery pulled behind
four-and six-mule teams, homemade clothing and quilts gently blowing in the
breeze, and the sound of the clip-clop of horses' hooves echoing down quiet
atmosphere, the peaceful scenery, and the variety of the many unique attractions
and family activities have made Lancaster, Pennsylvania one of America's
favorite vacation destinations.
The extensive Amish and plain communities give
this area a tranquil ambience. The Amish as a whole place value not on the
materialistic concerns of our modern society, but on an adherence to a more
traditional way of life. Their emphasis is on the value of the family and the
community. This influence is apparent throughout the local society. Visitors
are welcome to glimpse the communityís lifestyle first hand by visiting an
actual Amish farm and house. There is one conveniently located on Route 30
(east) in Lancaster, which is appropriately called The Amish Farm and House.
This is one of the most intimate ways to learn about the Old Order Amish of
Lancaster County. Visitors experience life on a 25-acre farm where they learn
about the simple lifestyle of the Amish people, their farm animals and various
crops, and view a variety of farm buildings.During and after such a visit,
visitors gain a perspective on the life and values of the ďplain people,Ē and
have an opportunity to reflect on the values that make them so "different".
There is much to be said for the slower-paced lifestyle of the Amish.
There is no shortage of amusements and
attractions for all ages in and around Lancaster. They are nestled in and among
the Amish farms and the country villages, just waiting to be discovered! Where
else can visitors ride in an Amish buggy, whip around on a roller coaster, ride
an historic steam locomotive, play a round of championship golf, tour an
operating farm, enjoy a peaceful hot air balloon ride, and take in a Broadway
play all in the same day? Lancaster has all of this and much more.
Summer tends to be the busiest time of year due
to the tranquil beauty of the region as well as its proximity to world famous
Hershey, Pennsylvania. A visit to Hershey is worth the calories. With the
daytime temperatures during the summer reaching the mid 80ís F and the evenings
dropping to the pleasant 60ís, itís a perfect time to take advantage of the many
enjoyable outdoor activities available in the area. Spring and fall are simply
beautiful and quite comfortable. In the daytime a light sweater is all that is
needed and at night, itís a perfect time to enjoy a fine meal while sitting by a
warm fire at one of the many excellent restaurants in the area. Winters can be
cold at times and snow is quite likely, and heavy at times. Although the
temperatures are low during this time, getting wrapped up in a warm blanket
while take a local buggy ride is something that wonít be forgotten. Add a
little falling snow, and itís a Rockwell-like picture. Whatever the season and
whatever the reason for visiting, beautiful and tranquil Lancaster is waiting.
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