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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Day Trips

Updated on May 31, 2020
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Chad is an avid traveler who loves to share his tips and experiences to help others get the most out of their travels.

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.

Cannons and monument at the Peach Orchard on the Gettysburg battlefield
Cannons and monument at the Peach Orchard on the Gettysburg battlefield

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.

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Gettysburg Battlefield Visitors Center:
1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

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Phillips Seafood, Barnes & Noble, and the Hard Rock Cafe at Inner Harbor, Baltimore
Phillips Seafood, Barnes & Noble, and the Hard Rock Cafe at Inner Harbor, Baltimore

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.

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Baltimore Inner Harbor:
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD, USA

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Rocky statue in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Rocky statue in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art:
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

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Overlook at Susquehannock State Park
Overlook at Susquehannock State Park

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.

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Susquanhannock State Park:
Susquehannock State Park, 1880 Park Dr, Drumore, PA 17518, USA

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Have you visited Lancaster, PA? Do you live there? What's your favorite day trip from Lancaster?

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    • Chad Claeyssen profile imageAUTHOR

      Chad Claeyssen 

      9 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for the positive feedback. I actually thought of including NJ, DE, and MD beaches, but wanted to keep it a little closer.

    • Happyboomernurse profile image

      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Cool hub. Love the tips.

      I grew up in New Jersey and now live in Delaware and love taking day trips to Lancaster and the other destinations that you've listed here.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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