Exploring Amish Country: Lancaster, PA
I really love living in the Northeast. There is so much so close to home. There are several major cities within a few hours. The ocean, the mountains. It’s all right here. In the last 3 and half years we’ve lived here we’ve explored a ton yet the list seems to keep growing of places to see! A few weeks ago I took my first trip to Washington DC when the cherry blossoms were at their peak, it was amazing!
We decided to take a day trip out to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Lancaster County is among the oldest and largest Amish settlements in the world. My Grandparents were visiting and so we thought we’d do a little exploring in Amish Country. Oh, and incase you were wondering, Lancaster County is only about a 2 hour and 40 minutes drive from NYC, and actually the same distance where I live in New Jersey as well.
We didn’t really have an agenda for the day, just to drive around and explore. The countryside is quite beautiful. Open hilly land with farms, and big open skies.
Yoder is a name you see a lot here. Stores, restaurants and mailboxes.
More of those big open skies. I couldn’t decide which photo I liked better, so here’s both in color and black and white.
Yes, the name of this town is Intercourse. Other neighboring towns include, Blue Ball, Fertility, Virginville, and Bird in Hand.
Oh, and if you’re looking for interesting gifts, there are tons of things with “Intercourse” on it you can buy that may cause the recipient to blush, including shirts that say “I love Intercourse”.
Lot’s of horse and buggies on the roads.
More beautiful farm scenery.
I thought this road sign was pretty neat!
The buggies ride on the shoulder of the road with cars whipping past on the main roads. The horses are brave!
A little spot we saw a buggy parked next to some empty horse stalls.
These old covered bridges are quite beautiful. I read there are over 25 historic covered bridges in Lancaster County, although I think this was the only one we saw.
Hershey, Pennsylvania is only about a 40 minute drive from where we were, so we headed that way to get some chocolate. Hershey is the name of the town, but as you guessed it, they make chocolate there! They have a big amusement park, but also a free part called “Chocolate Word” where you learn how the chocolate is made and you can load up on lots of sweets.
Inside “Chocolate World” in Hersey, PA.
Another shot of the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside.
It was a fun day and we will definitely go back to do some more exploring! As we continue to explore the Northeast I will keep sharing our adventures with you!
Have you ever been to Lancaster County? What are some things you recommend?