Lancaster, Pennsylvania Day Trips
About Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Lancaster is a popular tourist destination in southeast Pennsylvania. It's mostly known for its huge Amish population which numbers over 30,000 in the county. People come for a glimpse of their "simple" lifestyle, buy their crafts and produce, and see the picturesque farmland.
Lancaster, PA is also a popular shopping destination. There are lots of outlet malls, hotels, and restaurants along the Lincoln Highway (Route 30) east of the city. Less well known is historic downtown Lancaster with its old Central Market and Gallery Row.
The following day trip ideas are located within an hour and a half of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Gettysburg National Military Park - 1 Hour 30 Minutes (60 Miles)
In the summer of 1863, during the Civil War, 163,000 men fought in Gettysburg for three days. At the end of the battle 51,000 men were dead or wounded. Now a National Military Park, the battlefield is marked by over 1,300 monuments. Take the free self-guided tour starting at the visitors center, take a bus, or hire a private guide. This is a must-see for any military or history buff.
Baltimore, Maryland - 1 Hour 40 Minutes (75 Miles)
Baltimore is a good destination for family or adult fun. Check out the National Aquarium, shops, and historic ships of Inner Harbor or walk around Fort McHenry, "Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner". For nightlife, head to the historic Fells Point with its 120 pubs.
TIP: A water taxi provides transportation between all of these areas. $12 will get you unlimited rides and some coupons for drinks and food.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1 Hour 35 Minutes (75 Miles)
Philly is filled with things to do. Art lovers (and Rocky fans) will want to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. History buffs will want to check out the Liberty Bell and Constitution Center. Philly has something for everyone; foodies, sports fans, shopaholics. Don't forget to grab a famous Philly cheesesteak at Pat's or Gino's and head to South Street to grab a drink at one of its 100 or so bars and restaurants.
TIP: The train from Lancaster to Philly is only $15 and takes about 1 hour.
Muddy Run and Susquehannock State Park - 30 Minutes (19 Miles)
If you're looking for a place to hike and enjoy the outdoors, these are both good choices. Susquehannock State Park has a great river overlook where you can often spot bald eagles or other birds of prey. Muddy Run Park has a lake with boat rentals, hiking trails, a campground, and a snack bar.
Have you visited Lancaster, PA? Do you live there? What's your favorite day trip from Lancaster?