Lancaster County is home to nearly 500,000 people. Along with growth has come diversity, which provides rich experiences. Originally settled by the Pennsylvania Dutch, people from many other cultures have moved to Lancaster. Historic museums, farmer’s markets, shopping outlets, theaters, and restaurants attract many tourists.
As the oldest and one of the largest Amish communities in the USA, picturesque farms dot the landscape and horse and buggies can be seen on country roads. While many people think of the Amish and conservative Mennonites when they think of Lancaster County, many other religious groups are represented, including dozens of Christian denominations, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Islam, Buddhist, Baha’i, and Native American.
In addition to local cultural offerings, Lancaster is near several major metropolitan areas. A ninety-minute drive or a shorter trip by train to Philadelphia offers historical attractions such as the Liberty Bell, professional sports teams, and a variety of concerts and plays. Within two hours you can be in Baltimore, the home of the unique inner harbor, two professional sports teams, and many cultural attractions. The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., is about a 2-½ hour drive from Lancaster. And for even more options, New York City is within a four-hour drive.
Lancaster enjoys four distinct seasons. The winter months often include some snow. Spring brings beauty to the rolling countryside. Hot summer days are perfect at the pool with iced tea. And the fall foliage adds brilliant color to crisp days.
For further information about Lancaster, visit any of these websites:
- www.LancasterOnline.com for news articles, classified advertisements, and weather
- www.padutchcountry.com for history, entertainment, shopping, dining, and lodging opportunities
- www.thewgalchannel.com for news, weather, and sports
- www.co.lancaster.pa.us/ for local government, recreation, and tourism
- www.cityoflancasterpa.com for history, events, and attractions in Lancaster city