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Time stands still in the charming town of Lancaster, said to be one of the oldest inland settlements in the US. The county is known for its strong Amish community, who live an appealingly traditional way of life. Take a tour of an Amish farm and learn about their culture in one of the communities outside of Lancaster’s city center.
In Lancaster itself, visit the Museum of Art during the day, and spend your evenings in family-run restaurants and bars. Rent a car through Orbitz to explore wider Lancaster County, and find quiet roads with covered bridges and beautiful colors every fall.
After you’ve slowed down in Lancaster, throw yourself into a more hectic pace of life in the cities of the East Coast. Here are three destinations near Lancaster to visit in your rental car.
The ‘City of Brotherly Love’ has numerous claims to fame. It’s the home of the cheesesteak sandwich, for one thing, and the city of Super Bowl champions The Eagles, for another. Philly is also the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed, making it one of the most important cities in the history of the US. Visit Independence Hall to follow in the footsteps of the founding fathers.
Journey time: Around 1 hour 40 minutes
Distance: Approximately 80 miles
Philadelphia isn’t actually the capital of Pennsylvania – the lesser-known city of Harrisburg can make that claim. It’s well worth a visit, with the definitive Civil War museum of the US, and an impressive capitol building. There’s also a museum dedicated to the history of the state, and a prestigious university in the city center. Drive your rental car a short trip out of the city to visit Hersheypark, a theme park inspired by chocolate.
Journey time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes
Distance: Approximately 45 miles
Wilmington is one of the first cities you’ll encounter in the compact, picturesque state of Delaware. The whole state is a pleasant wooded region, with a scenic coastline that’s particularly spectacular in fall. Wilmington has a history that dates back to the pre-Revolution era, while the surrounding landscape of the Brandywine Valley is packed with historic homes and gardens.
Journey time: Around 1 hour 20 minutes
Distance: Approximately 55 miles