Lancaster county, PA.

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  1. JasonC

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    I am thinking of a short family vacation to the Amish country at mid/late July. I did some research and knew about Rt. 340 and Rt. 896. Anyone has any other suggestions? Any must sees? What is a good place to stay overnight? Thanks.

    Jason.
     
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    Jason,
    Be sure to check out Strasburg Railroad Museum. Lots to do/see/shoot.
    http://www.strasburgrailroad.com/
    The museum is very tripod friendly, and I highly recomend a train ride for the kiddies (and yourself :D ).
    I believe you mean Rt. 896 ? If so, take 896 south of 30. If you can sneek away in the early morning while the rest of the family is asleep, you will find some of the most excellent rolling hills PA has to offer. There's also some covered bridges in the area, if that's your sort of thing.
     
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    Thanks Steve. Any recommendation on places to stay overnight? Thanks.

    Jason.
     
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    Jason,
    Sorry, I don't have any, as I only live 40mins away. I will ask around, and get back with you this evening.
     
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    My wife and I and another couple stayed at the Marriott Courtyard Harrisburg/Hershey last October and found it to be quite nice:

    http://marriott.com/property/factsheet/HARCY

    Convenient to Hershey's, Lancaster, and if you're going any further south, Gettysburg. We stayed one night at this hotel - did Hershey's one day, Lancaster the next, then drove down to Gettysburg and stayed at a B&B for a week. Fantastic vacation.

    I would recommend TripAdvisor for anyone looking for a hotel:

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/

    It has done well by us - travelers actually enter the reports - you have to have your grouch filter on and realize that some people won't be happy no matter what - but it gives you a good idea most times. Free, worth looking.

    This is a great website run by Lancaster County - things to do:

    http://www.padutchcountry.com/

    There is *so much* to do in this area, it is hard to know where to begin. We loved just driving aimlessly through Amish Country - we took a tour on Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides:

    http://www.amishbuggyrides.com/

    Worth every cent (actually quite cheap). The tour guides are Mennonite, not Amish - the Amish would not have anything to do with you that way. However, it is very informative, very nice, worth it in every way.

    One thing - not everyone knows this - the Amish do not like to have their photographs taken. They know full well that they can't legally stop anyone from taking their photograph, but if they detect you're doing it, they'll intentionally turn their heads or turn their backs on you to spoil the shot - they figure they have the same right not to be your unwilling model as you have to take their photo. It is considered rude to point a camera at them - but the law says you can do it if you want to. Some or most of the Amish do not mind if their children are photographed, however. Still, I took no photos of the adult's faces. Some of the quilt shops in Lancaster county will also forbid the use of cameras in their shops - and since it is private property, they can legally enforce that. Sorry if you already knew that - just passing on some info of possible value to photographers.

    Here's some good information on the Amish:

    http://www.800padutch.com/atafaq.shtml

    http://www.800padutch.com/amish.shtml

    By the way, Hershey's is an interesting side-trip. Not for the theme park (yawn) which is just another set of rides and touristy junk. But we enjoyed learning more about Milton S. Hershey - an post-industrial philanthropist who really walked it like he talked it. If you're interested in that sort of thing:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_S._Hershey

    Anyway, have fun, be safe, enjoy. Great part of the country. My wife and I hope to go back one day soon.
     
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    Thanks for all the information. Right now, I am trying to plan a vacation route. What towns or villages are worth stopping? I am more interested in scenic and historical sites. Thanks.

    Jason.
     
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    BTW, I'll be travelling from central New Jersey.

    Jason.
     
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    Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, etc. Get off the main highway and follow your nose. I don't know of any towns or villages in Lancaster county that are not of historical interest. Shoot, the sky's full of ducks.
     
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    A piece of advice.
    If you get lost, DON'T walk up to a strange woman on the street and say "I'm looking for Intercourse" :sad:
     
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    Pick up a map of the local and do the covered bridges, that will take you a couple of days.
    Do the Amish smorgushboards ( don't know about the spelling)
    The wife and I like the Colonial moter inn in New Holland, nothing special except low cost neat clean and comfortable.
     
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    If you choose to see the covered bridges, there are driving directions with photos on some different sites. Just type "Lancaster covered bridge tour" or something to that effect into yahoo. You get to see the bridges and it also takes you through some quaint towns.
     
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    You might want to check out Lititz, PA. Home of the Wilbur Chocolate Factory and the Sturgis Pretzel House. The pretzel factory has a short tour of the old factory, which teaches kids and adults how they hand rolled pretzels. The Wilbur Buds are something we always have to stop for when we are in the area.

    http://www.shoplititz.com/
     
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    Yes, we did that as well while we where there. I still have the paper hat and our friends have their pretzel-making certificates. Fun stuff. Especially for kids, which we have none, but what the heck.