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For our yearly trip that I plan, one of my friends suggested we go to the Amish country, around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Im not real familiar with that area and have no idea what to plan. I know we would go to Hershey one day, and probably ride the back roads thru the country in hopes of seeing the Amish way of life (horse and buggy and so forth), but can anyone recommend any "must sees" or other things to do while there. Trip is not until August so I have plenty of time to make plans.

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Been in the area a few times on weekend getaways as well as passing through. I don't recall what to see other than Hersey, but that's a beautiful area, you'll enjoy yourself.
 

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Went thru there last year. They do have a working Amish Farm that might be nice to see. It was raining so we kept going. Pop-N-Fresh on this board lives there. I think Bald Eagle is from around there, but all he can recomend is good seafood places until he heads back up for warm weather.:joke::joke:
 

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You will see your share of the Amish on the back roads and then some. Gettsburg is an hour away and its worth seeing, also less than an hour is Cabela's . In Lancaster be prepare for ending shopping outlets and traffic on Rt.30. Sight N Sound show is worth going to and for places to eat theres endless choices. Nice back roads to ride and its the best way around during the summer months. Theres a tourist center just off Rt 30 that can help to show everything to do, also the state issues a tourist book on Lancaster County. Just go to PA state site and hit Lancaster. If you PM with your address I will pick one up for you if no luck online.

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twodogs1800,
when and if you decide to come into the area,,let me know, if possible Patti Crocker and I will ride some back roads and do Hershey Park with you.
One of the best places to eat is Shady Maple.. Love that place
 

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I've never been to Lancaster, so I'm not sure that they have the same Amish issues there that we have in western PA. Here, the Amish run their buggies half way off the road and put a groove in the right hand lane that catches you unexpectedly, even newly paved roads develope the groove quickly. The passive scenery is nice, but the roads aren't as much fun as they could be! We also have a one lane covered bridge that seems to be their favorite spot for "un-loading" and it is not only slippery, but run thru it and you smell it for hours:lol: Enjoy your trip!

+1 on Hershey park!
 

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I'm origanilly from the Lancaster area, as the others have said, the area has some beautiful farmland. Some of the areas that you may want to visit include; Strasburg, Ronks, Paridise, Bird-n-hand, New Holland, and Quarryville areas; these areas are full of Amish farms, shops, and farmers markets. They have some of the best baked goods, and fresh cheeses and meats around. Word of advise, if your wife wants to purchase an Amish Quilt, better takes lots of money.
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We rode through there last Sep. and really enjoyed it. I had a GPS so we just rode up and down every road we could find, the deeper in you go, the more you'll see. We took the tour at Hersey and learned a lot of interesting things about Hersey the man. If you can make it to York, take a tour of the Harley factory, it's free and well worth seeing.
 

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Watch out for the 'HORSE POO' on the roads, it gets in all the nooks and crannies, makes the bike stink for days:lol:

On weekends the traffic can get crazy,early Sunday mornings are the best for riding on the beautiful back country roads of Lancaster County
 

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The Amish in this Community are real Commercialized. There are some interesting things to do there. They are set up for tour tours to go through. The Amish are spread across the State and have different communities set up.
There are some tours that you can take to show how there way of life should be. NOT necessary true.
There are Communities near Indiana Pa. I feel all they are a religous cult that has found a way to defraud the goverment. The abuse Aminals and children and woman. They are dirty, lawless, and not very nice people to have to deal with. They hide behind a religon to find a way not to pay taxes or there bills. They have small children running machines that labor laws got children away from in the early 1900's. I work in a Hospital and see the injury from these accidents. The run dog mills and not far from here when the goverment was going to have them get license and bring the there kennel up to code the killed over 80 dogs. I can tell you more if you like and can get newspaper articles to back these staments.

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1+ for Strasburg Creamery. its a great place for lunch, and of course ice cream - anytime.

http://www.strasburg.com/

No affiliation - just like the place.

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Rich,,
I almost forgot about that place.. We get there at least once or twice during the summer months....
Don't do the railroad each time though.. But it is worth going on it once in a while.... We didn't the lunch car one time and enjoyed that....
 

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There are some nice covered bridges in the area... I mostly enjoy them because they tend to be on great back roads...
 

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For our yearly trip that I plan, one of my friends suggested we go to the Amish country, around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Im not real familiar with that area and have no idea what to plan. I know we would go to Hershey one day, and probably ride the back roads thru the country in hopes of seeing the Amish way of life (horse and buggy and so forth), but can anyone recommend any "must sees" or other things to do while there. Trip is not until August so I have plenty of time to make plans.

Thanks for any info.
In Lancaster County, Strasburg is the place to begin your PA Dutch Country tour. Lots to do in that area depending on your interests. If it's the end of August the PA Renaissance Fair woulf be a must see, just a little North of Lancaster. Also it's a nice ride over to Gettysburg if you've never been there.

Is this a guys or couples trip? Adamstown will keep the ladies busy for a while if they're into Antiquing.
 

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twodogs1800,

One of the best places to eat is Shady Maple.. Love that place
Oooh, forgot about Shady Maple, gotta add that to the must see list...three times a day preferably .:lol:
 

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Oooh, forgot about Shady Maple, gotta add that to the must see list...three times a day preferably .:lol:
Oh Yeah, Shady Maple 3 times a day,, Let me think about that,,,
I think that would amount to a gain of about 20 lbs. in one day...
I think I'll just stick with one visit every month or two... WAY TOO MUCH GOOD FOOD..... :thumbup::thumbup: Breakfast that can't be beat,, I think it's Wednesday night that they have PRIME RIB, that's some of the best...
Okay enough talk about Shady Maple.... I might have to get up early and take a ride down for breakfast....
 

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Just did an afternoon ride through Pa dutch country... Traveled routes
896, 897, 30 & 340.. What a great ride,, Can't wait for spring and summer to get to travel more..
Also stopped at Strasburg Railroad to walk around a little. It was a FREE day from 12 to 5 today for the museum... So we walked through it to check out some of the displays.... Had it been summer, we would have stopped for some ice cream in the square of town.. (great old time store)
well worth the stop.....
 

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The Amish in this Community are real Commercialized. There are some interesting things to do there. They are set up for tour tours to go through. The Amish are spread across the State and have different communities set up.
There are some tours that you can take to show how there way of life should be. NOT necessary true.
There are Communities near Indiana Pa. I feel all they are a religous cult that has found a way to defraud the goverment. The abuse Aminals and children and woman. They are dirty, lawless, and not very nice people to have to deal with. They hide behind a religon to find a way not to pay taxes or there bills. They have small children running machines that labor laws got children away from in the early 1900's. I work in a Hospital and see the injury from these accidents. The run dog mills and not far from here when the goverment was going to have them get license and bring the there kennel up to code the killed over 80 dogs. I can tell you more if you like and can get newspaper articles to back these staments.

Bob
agreed they are not always the honorable people many seem to think

around here they make a lot of money running puppy mills, big money
 
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