When you're planning your visit to Lancaster County, you may want to consider adding on a day trip to visit nearby attractions either on your way in or out of town.

While you are in town, take a short sightseeing trip from Lancaster County to explore our nearby neighbors. With Hershey just a short drive away, you're sure to enjoy the excitement and thrills of Hersheypark, or the relaxing getaway of the Chocolate Spa. It truly is the Sweetest Place on Earth! Take a day trip to Philadelphia and show some love for the city of brotherly love! If you're more of a history buff, head to Gettysburg to tour awe-inspiring battlefields and meander through historic mansions and museums.

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York Barbell Weightlifting Museum & Hall of Fame

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Indian Echo Caverns

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Destination Gettysburg

Visiting Gettysburg, Pennsylvania can be a trip of a lifetime or an easy weekend getaway. The rich history – which includes the Gettysburg Battlefield and so much more – will entice you to come, while our recreation and recent culinary resurgence will make you linger and return.

Hershey - A Sweet Central PA Town

Hershey, located a short drive from Lancaster County, is home to popular attractions including Hersheypark, Hershey's Chocolate World, the Hotel Hershey, Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey Garden, and Troegs Independent Brewing. During your visit to Lancaster County, add Hershey to your trip for a sweet look into this town, made famous for chocolate making.

Mount Gretna

Mt. Gretna’s “Pennsylvania Cautauqua” is a historical treasure right up the road! Tucked away in the forests north of Lancaster County, the area provides a peaceful nature escape. Enjoy fun in the sun at the lake and beach or at one of the summer concerts. Experience the arts at their outdoor art show or at America's oldest summer theatre - the Gretna Theatre. Be sure to end the day with a scoop of legendary ice cream from the Jigger Shop.

Pennsylvania's State Capitol

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capitol city, is located a short drive from Lancaster County. While you're there, learn about the great state of PA at the State Museum, tour the capitol building, dive into science at the Whitaker Center, and take a ride on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat.

Visit Philadelphia

There’s never a shortage of awesome things to do in Philadelphia— but there are some things you just can’t miss while you’re here. Whether it’s running like Rocky, refueling with a cheesesteak and then wandering along Boathouse Row, or touring Independence Hall, devouring a roast pork sandwich at Reading Terminal Market and then visiting an amazing museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, these are the experiences that make Philly a great neighbor.

Kick Off a Cool Cities Road Trip

Craving more? Maybe a road trip full of cool cities and areas to discover? Forbes.com’s list of the “10 coolest cities to visit in 2018” includes three others within driving distance of Lancaster – Philadelphia, Baltimore and Richmond. So after you discover how cool Lancaster is, hop on the train or take a drive to another one of the cities below for another dose of cool.

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