Lancaster

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Lancaster

Shop for handmade Amish goods, explore a thriving arts scene and visit some of the oldest attractions in America in this south central Pennsylvania city.

Founded in 1730, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is one of America’s oldest inland cities. Its quaint, tree-lined streets and numerous historical buildings can keep history buffs entertained for days.

Modern Lancaster features a thriving contemporary arts scene which is centered at Gallery Row. Enjoy shopping for art and unique goods or explore the town center to find numerous other boutique stores and upscale dining.

As you drive outside the city, be alert for horses and buggies belonging to the local Amish and Mennonite communities who farm the surrounding land as they have done for centuries. From spring to fall, head to Plain and Fancy Farm to learn about a typical Amish community and enjoy a farm-to-table meal. Shop for a handmade Amish quilt at small farm stands in the area.

The Amish also sell their wares at the city’s Central Market. Established in 1730, this is one of America’s longest continually running farmers markets. Visit Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays year-round to find fresh local produce and handmade souvenirs.

Several more attractions in Lancaster are famed for being among America’s oldest. Climb aboard a coal-powered locomotive at Strasburg Rail Road, one of the country’s first short-line railroads, or attend a performance at Fulton Theatre, the oldest continually running theater in America. Pay a visit to Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, whose living history interpretations help visitors explore the area’s long history.

The city of Lancaster is small and walkable at 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) across, but having a car to get around is advised, especially if you want to visit some of the nearby attractions such as the historic streets of Lititz or the crossroad villages of Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse.

If you’re not driving, the best way to get to Lancaster is by train from Philadelphia, 80 miles (129 kilometers) east, or from other East Coast cities. The relatively mild climate and abundance of Lancaster’s indoor attractions mean that any time of year is good to discover this colorful and unique city.

Where to stay in Lancaster

avid hotel Lancaster, an IHG Hotel
avid hotel Lancaster, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2151 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA
The price is Rs6,866 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in the heart of Lancaster, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tanger Outlets Lancaster and Dutch Wonderland. American Music Theatre Lancaster and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (278 reviews)
"Very clean & new"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2022

avid hotel Lancaster, an IHG Hotel
Cartoon Network Hotel
Cartoon Network Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs7,315 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dutch Wonderland, Tanger Outlets Lancaster and Amish Farm and House. American Music Theatre ...
3.9/5 Good! (387 reviews)
"Great for the kids"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2022

Cartoon Network Hotel
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
3.5 out of 5
25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA
The price is Rs11,890 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Historic Downtown Lancaster, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Central Market and Lancaster County Convention Center. Franklin and Marshall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (975 reviews)
"Very clean hotel with friendly staff. Great location!"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2022

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Lancaster
Home2 Suites by Hilton Lancaster
3 out of 5
1584 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA
The price is Rs9,843 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
Situated in the shopping district, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Franklin and Marshall College, Central Market and Lancaster County Convention ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (296 reviews)
"Lovely stay. Highly recommend it."

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Lancaster
Homewood Suites Lancaster
Homewood Suites Lancaster
3 out of 5
200 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA
The price is Rs9,871 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Center for Health at Granite Run and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Franklin and Marshall College. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (376 reviews)
"Very clean and comfortable room. Good breakfast included."

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2021

Homewood Suites Lancaster
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