Visit Lancaster County – Welcome to the Amish Country

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‘Wilkum’ to Lancaster County, PA – A Whole Different World

This is an area that visitors have grown to love.

Here you’ll discover Amish communities where life moves at a slower pace and centers around time-honored traditions and values.

You’ll find beautiful scenery dotted with one-room schoolhouses and wooden covered bridges, modern farm machinery being pulled behind four-and six-mule teams, homemade clothing and brightly colored quilts gently blowing in the breeze, and where you’ll hear the sounds of farm animals and the clip-clop of horses’ hooves echoing down quiet country roads.

Amid that relaxing atmosphere and peaceful scenery you’ll find a unique blend of attractions, entertainment, food, and shopping that help to make Lancaster County one of America’s favorite vacation destinations for all ages.

Over 10 million people visit Lancaster’s Amish Country each year. Many people return here year after year because they find Lancaster County so special.

Lancaster’s Convenient Location

Our proximity to many of the mid-Atlantic population centers make this a convenient vacation or weekend getaway.  This area is roughly an hour and a half from Philadelphia and Baltimore, two hours from Washington, D. C., and just three hours from New York City.

Your Online Visitors Guide to Lancaster County, PA

Hot Air Balloon with AmishLooking for fun and plenty to see and do?  You’ll find it in Lancaster County.

From the thriving city life in historic downtown Lancaster to the charming small towns scattered throughout the countryside. From our abundance of attractions and fun things to see and do for all ages to the unique culture and lifestyle of our Amish neighbors

Lancaster really does offer visitors a truly unique vacation from the routine.

Whether you’re planning an extended vacation, a weekend getaway, a day trip, or just something to do with the kids, we can help you find what you’re looking for. 

Plus, we can help you save money in the process with our Lancaster coupons and our free things to do.

Relax & have fun. Remember, the reason for taking a family vacation is to spend time together and to make memories with your loved ones. Don’t feel obligated to fill every moment with activities. Just enjoy being together. You’ll have a great time here.

Plan a Memorable Visit to Lancaster

Come along with us and explore all that makes Lancaster such a fascinating place. Make yourself at home in Lancaster County, even if only for a few days.  You’ll enjoy the memories!

If you’re familiar with Lancaster, just dive in anywhere. We have tried to make this website easy to navigate.

But if you’re not sure where to begin, start with our Things To Do in Lancaster page. Here, we’ll give you a brief overview of a wide variety of things you might enjoy.  Or, find great food,  unique shopping, and lots of lodging options from which to choose. You can jump in deeper wherever you like.

Either way, we hope you enjoy the ride!

One Resource to Help You Enjoy Your Lancaster County Visit –

  • Order a Free Map and Visitors Guide. Call 1-800-PA-DUTCH to order your copy, and it will be mailed to you.

Wilkum to Lancaster County’s Amish Country!


  1. Good article. I certainly love this site. Keep writing!

  2. Hi,
    I would like to visit the Amish reservation, but I do not know where to start.
    Can you please advise? Thanks for all the info on the website; very helpful stuff.

    • Hi Layla –
      The Amish do not live on a reservation. They live on farms or in homes throughout much of Lancaster County, often with non-Amish neighbors. The best place to start would be by visiting the local PA Dutch Country Conv. & Visitors Bureau (which serves all points of interest throughout Lancaster County) or the Mennonite Information Center (which focuses primarily on the local Amish and Mennonites and also offers area tours of Amish communities). Find visitors center information here. Or, you could tour a local attraction such as the Amish Farm and House or the Amish Village where tours can help introduce you to the Amish lifestyle, or take an Amish buggy ride where drivers will also introduce you to the Amish culture (see Amish Attractions). Enjoy!

      • Dear Gordy,
        Thank you very much for the clarification and information you provided. I appreciate your response, and I hope I will enjoy the visit!

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